Savor the Views from Cayucos Houses and Cottages

Known for its inviting beaches, fishing pier and legendary cookie company, the small surfside community of Cayucos is a beachcomber’s delight. Cayucos is an authentic beach town with a little flair of the Old West. Tucked between beach communities like Morro Bay and Cambria, Cayucos offers its own brand of gift and antique shops, seafood restaurants and candy shops. Those who snag a vacation house or cottage here can look forward to quick ocean access, on-site parking, satellite TV and high-speed Internet.

There’s Fun for Everyone on Cayucos Beaches and Pier

At the heart of Cayucos is its newly restored pier and Cayucos State Beach. The beach is long and filled with soft sand perfect for sunbathers. Kids enjoy the children’s playground, and you can fish off the pier, take a surfing lesson, rent a sea kayak or savor some beachfront dining. A dog beach farther south makes Fido happy too.

Annual Events Keep Cayucos Festive Year-round

Locals start the year off right with a celebratory noon-time dip in the chilly surf. The Polar Bear Dip attracts hundreds of costumed and suited-up souls ready to tackle a new year of challenges. Just to ensure that everyone is still enjoying the new year, Cayucos follows up with a Wine & Food Festival in mid-January. San Luis Obispo County is home to hundreds of wineries and restaurants, and the festival brings together some of its best. The city’s Sea Glass Festival in March is a great time to admire beautiful sea glass jewelry and home decor. Cayucos also hosts an Antique Street Fair, summer Farmers Markets, Rock to the Pier Fun Run, a Portuguese Festival and a stellar Independence Day fireworks display on the beach.

Explore the Hillsides, Marshes, Tide Pools and Beaches

With Cayucos’ picturesque location between Estero Bay and gorgeous rolling hills, hiking and walking trails are abundant here. At low tide, you can stroll the beach from the Cayucos Pier to Morro Bay, an excellent five-mile adventure. The bluffs north of town offer captivating views of the ocean. If you head a little farther north, you’ll come to the Harmony Headlands State Park where you can hike a 1.5-mile trail through beautiful grasslands and hills along the coastline. On the east side of Cayucos, you can also hike around Whale Rock Reservoir. Often, you can catch special guided hikes and talks through San Luis Obispo trails for an extra treat.

Revel in Sunny Days and Cool Breezes in Cayucos

Although the Central Coast has a Mediterranean climate, seaside towns like Cayucos enjoy cool ocean breezes that pick up during the afternoon. Winter, spring and fall here are beautiful, even during the occasional bouts of rain. You’ll also enjoy quieter beaches during the winter and fall. Most days are sunny throughout the year, although if you travel here during the summer, you may need to wait for the June Gloom marine layer to burn off.

Cruising Along to Cayucos Along Scenic Highway 1

Cayucos is located along the enchanting Highway 1. If you have a convertible, this is the time to put the top down and cruise on over to Cayucos. Even if you don’t have a convertible, the drive from north and south areas is breathtaking. Are you flying or riding the Amtrak train into San Luis Obispo? Then, rent a car and drive into Cayucos through the county’s fertile wine country via Highways 101 North and 46 West. You’ll backtrack a few miles south on Highway 1, but you’ll get a more intimate look at the fabulous countryside, encounter a dozen excellent wineries and get a good feel for the area.

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                                                              Recent Cayucos Reviews

                                                              Family Reunion

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                                                              My family held a reunion at the Gathering Place recently. It was perfect for the occasion. The house was nicely arranged to take advantage of the beautiful ocean view. The owners were friendly and everything in the house was in good working order . The pool table was a big hit and a focal point of much activity. Best of all, everything was within walking distance – the pier, dining, shopping, beach, etc. I highly recommend staying here when in the area.
                                                              • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
                                                              • Stayed: Mar 2016

                                                              A terrific place to stay with family!

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                                                              We spent 3 nights here with our family while we enjoyed our nephew's wedding- This was a lovely place with room to be together and apart as needed. Surprisingly the weather over New Year's was gorgeous- when needed, we opened the kitchen window and could get a great cross breeze to cool the room. Close to town, walking distance to everything- very nicely furnished and great finishes.
                                                              • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
                                                              • Stayed: Dec 2015

                                                              The ranch

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                                                              When you wake up in the morning and the sun rises and you hear the rooster down below at the farm, close to the pond, you really wonder where you are. You are surrounded by rolling hills slowly traversed here and there by dark cows. Hawks are circling high in the sky. Everything is peaceful. Still, you must be in a civilized world: below you there are straight lines of avocado trees. And, in the middle of them is the dusty trail by which you arrived yesterday, the only access from the outside world. The house where you stay is a modern, octagonal lodge built half way up the slope of a hill. It is open on all sides and completely surrounded by decks where you can sit in the sun or the shade as you please. All rooms have their personality. You can feel that they have been furnished by a real family ready to share its own memories and prized possessions. Now all the rooms are occupied by members of your family – or your friends. And this is how you start the day at the Cottontail Creek Ranch. In a moment, all guests will come together in the front room, which is the kitchen. Because from there, especially, one has a complete panoramic view of the ranch. The view goes all around, miles away, across the hills, to the horizon. It is yours. There are no buildings, no roads, no cars, no electric lines in this view. The only people who share this paradise with you are the tenants of the farm, far below. You would have to climb the hill above the house to realize where you are. From there, you would find the ocean to the West, and in the South, through the haze, you would see Morro Rock. There are a lot of things for everyone to do inside the house, on the ranch and nearby. This morning, some among us (the youngest) have insisted on going to the beach. A few others prefer to bike. A third group is going to visit the Hearst castle The elders are discussing a well-planned visit to vineyards around Paso Robles for wine tasting. And then… Then, tonight we shall gather around the antique barbecue and, later in the evening, around the campfire with marshmallows, among crickets, under a starred sky. After that, we shall surreptitiously take out the telescope we brought with us and sneak a look at planets and stars. The air is so pure and the night so dark that here we can discover celestial objects that we have never seen at home. John and Madeleine
                                                              • Submitted: Mar 8, 2009
                                                              • Stayed: Jun 2008