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Cayucos, CA 93430

Cayucos, 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 Park.

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 decades.

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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