Cayucos, CA 93430Cayucos, California, a charming beach town nestled between the
rolling hills and the sea. Let the slow pace and spectacular natural
beauty work their relaxing magic on you!
Cayucos is located on the Central Coast, halfway between Los Angeles
and San Francisco. view map.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of activities. Rent a sea kayak
for the afternoon, try your hand at surfing or boogie boarding, fish
off the pier, explore the tidepools, or just enjoy a swim on Cayucos'
sandy beach. Nearby, Morro Bay, Montana De Oro, and San Simeon State
Parks offer great hiking, and beautiful sight seeing.
Cayucos is home to some of the best antique and collectable shopping in
the area. In addition to many antique and gift stores, Cayucos hosts
several antique and collectable street fairs throughout the year.
Cayucos is an ideal location from which to view many of the Central
Coast's fantastic attractions. Spectacular Hearst Castle, one of the
former homes of media mogul William Randolf Hearst, is less than an
hour's drive away in San Simeon. The Paso Robles wine region produces
some of California's best wines. Spend an afternoon wine tasting and
enjoying the scenic vineyards of this area.
Best of all, Cayucos is a great place to slow down, relax, and enjoy
life the way it is meant to be.
Cayucos Town History
Cayucos, like most California communities, has a colorful history.
Prior to the white man's entry, it is speculated that Native Americans
most likely had hunting parties and even situated seasonal camps along
the Cayucos coast. The earliest documented historical beginnings of
Cayucos trace back to thriving ranches which preceded any organized
settlements, such as a village. Names of notable families like
Tognazzini, Donati, Righetti, Muscio dotted the landscape. Around 1855,
a teacher by the name of John Baines realized the potential of the area
now defined as Cayucos. He was soon joined by George Stone; together
they founded the community of Old Creek at the crossroads of commerce
connecting Paso Robles with the coast. The site was situated on a
thirty acre parcel which today accommodates the Whale Rock Mobile Home
That the settlement was important for the entire area can be justified
by the services it provided. For example, it had the first post office;
it was the first polling place for the entire north coast; it included
a general merchandise store, saloon, eating place, and even lodged
overnight travelers as a stage coach stop. Needs of ranchers and
travelers were met by the settlement for a little more than two
As legend goes, a man by the name of James Cass was carrying a shipment
by horse and wagon from San Luis Obispo to San Simeon in 1867 and
stopped to rest at Cayucos Creek. His keen businessman's insight soon
disceffled that the site would make an ideal port from which to ship
and receive goods. Growth and development followed the emergence of the
port. It was successful because it satisfied a need by providing a
local means of shipping products directly from Cayucos, Previously,
ranchers were required to transport them first to Cambria or Avila to
be shipped. They were benefited further when James Cass erected the
pier about 1871. In the fall of 1875, William F. Babcock recorded a
subdivision map for Cayucos and it officially became a town. The
Cosmopolitan Hotel began taking shape along with Cass's warehouse and
residence. There was even a general merchandise store being run by Levy
and Co. out of the lower floor of the Old Adobe.
By the turn of the century, Cayucos had two churches, a school, four
banks, about seven saloons, and some five hotels. There was also a
thriving support industry of blacksmiths, general merchandise stores,
and other businesses which appeared as the community grew.
Indications were surfacing, even in the early formative days, that
Cayucos was becoming a tourist destination. As its tourism prospered at
the beginning of the century, the importance of the port was diminished
due to the advent of the railroad. However, the dairy industry had
brought a rich Swiss-Italian and Portuguese heritage; these communities
would come to Cayucos to celebrate.
Cayucos by this time enjoyed all the components for a long-lasting
successful community: its desirable location, its pristine coastal
beauty, its moderate climate, and its comfortable amenities for
visitors and travelers still make it unique and attractive. The history
of Cayucos is genuinely colorful, interesting, and visionary as it was
lived by its citizens of the past and continues to be charted by its
citizens of the present.
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