Best Places to Visit on the California Coast!


Our Favorite California Coast Locations!

So as some of you may know, we recently had a week long trip to our favorite vacation spot, the California Coast! But this trip was special because I knew that I wanted to share the specific locations that we go on our little family excursions!

So here we go…. drumroll please! (I’m starting off with my FAVORITE spot)

  •  BROWN BUTTER COOKIE COMPANY- Cayucos, Ca (My all Time Favorite Cookie Joint)

When you walk into Brown Butter Cookie Company, you are filled with this sweet, scrumptious aroma that just screams cookies! The outside of this place is just as charming as the inside. The staff here are always so nice and helpful and are more than willing to hand you as many samples as you can handle. They mix up the cookie batches right in front of you so you can watch the process, and they assemble the packages right there too. So it’s very fun to watch. They have so many flavors and varieties of crumbly cookies, you will not have a hard time finding a favorite. My favorite flavors are original and citrus, my hubby’s fav is the honey, my kids love them ALL.

Favorite Locations on California Coast _ Brown Butter Cookie Company _ Just One Mommy's Opinion

Favorite Locations on California Coast _ Brown Butter Cookie Company _ Just One Mommy's Opinion(1)


  • Candy Counter- Cayucos, Ca

Not only does this place have an entire wall of Jelly Beans, they also have EVERY. OTHER. CANDY. imaginable! AND ice cream and coffee!! It is heaven on earth in this cute, little shop. We have to stop by when we make our Coastal visits! And you should too 🙂

Favorite Locations on California Coast _ Candy Counter Cayucos, Ca _ Just One Mommy's Opinion


  • Elephant Seal Lookout- San Simeon, Ca (Perfect for Kids!!)

We go here with our kids every time we hit the coast because this is like going to an aquarium but it’s absolutely free and you get to observe these beautiful mammals in their natural habitat! It says the best time to view them is in late January, April, and October. However, we see a million of these guys on the beach no matter what month we go. And it is always so amazing!

What I really enjoy about this specific location is that they always have people there educating the kids, engaging them and asking questions about the seals. They thoroughly enjoy it and they actually come away learning new facts about the creatures.

Favorite Locations on California Coast _Elephant Seal Lookout San Simeon, Ca _ Just One Mommy's Opinion


  • Avila Beach, Ca (Just a Gorgeous Beach)

I can’t really say much more than, this place is GORGEOUS. I am so sad to say that the pier here is officially closed off indefinitely due to a weakened structure caused by wormlike critters, which is incredibly unfortunate. But the town itself is stunning. The shops, the restaurants, the view. It is a must see destination and I recommend visiting it for a day and enjoying the view! (Also, shout out to MISSION PIZZA who has the most AMAZING Hawaiian you will EVER TASTE. Also, best customer service I’ve received in a long time!)

Favorite Locations on California Coast _Avila Beach, Ca_ Just One Mommy's Opinion


  • Morro Rock- Morro Bay, Ca

Another one of our must see locations is Morro Rock. Not only is this just a beautiful, stunning rock that God has placed there simply for our enjoyment, it is a place for the kids to explore and learn. You can drive directly to Morro Rock, get out, walk around, and check out the bay in between the rock and Morro Bay. You will always see boats going by, people on paddle boards, fishermen, and even tour boats.

Morro Bay, Ca is a fun town that has some great seafood restaurants to taste test and quaint little shops to aimlessly wonder around browsing for hours.

Favorite Locations on California Coast _Morro Rock Morro Bay, Ca_ Just One Mommy's Opinion


I really hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and getting creative with the pictures. I am a California girl and am always checking out new places that I’ve never been before. I will have many more travel posts coming up in my “California Travels” special summer posts. So please come back and check for updates featuring San Fransisco, Disneyland, San Diego, and many, many more locations!

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  1. Well, I’m over here on the east coast (Maine), but I would love to visit the west coast some time. Any beach front attraction appeals to me!
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    1. Oh absolutely, me too! I just love the sand in between my toes. No matter where that sand comes from! lol

  2. These look like awesome places to visit. I love the image with all the seals.

  3. CourtneyLynne

    Omg all these places sound fantastic! I have been to Cali many times, yet never to any of these places.

    1. You gotta check them out! 🙂

  4. Elizabeth O.

    These are must visit places. My twin granddaughters will be amazed to see those seals.

    1. The Elephant Seals are just sooo cool!

  5. Oh my gosh, these are awesome place to visit. We haven’t been to California, I will take note of these places when we visit.
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    1. I forget sometimes how great it is to live here in California. You definitely have to visit sometime!

  6. That is so cute, I would love to see the seals on the beach.

    1. It is amazing to see them like that in person!

  7. I wish I could travel more because I’m missing some really great sites. I’ve always wanted to go to Cali and hopefully one day that dream will come true.

  8. Elephant Seal Lookout looks so amazing!
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  9. This is a great list that you’ve put together – it would be helpful too. I got some ideas for my future trips. Avila Beach is lovely and so is Morro Rock.
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  10. So many great places to visit, must organise another trip there soon.
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  11. I think my kids would love every single place!
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  12. I want to see seals! That’s so cool. I had no idea you could do that in San Simeon.
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  13. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I have only been to San Diego in California, but I sure do like it. I think the pacific coast is absolutely gorgeous.

  14. Liz

    Your pictures are beautiful!! I definitely want to get to California some day, and would love to check these places out. Thanks for sharing.
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  15. I have never been to California, but would love to stop at those shops you named. It’s also amazing to see those elephant seals on the beach! I agree it’s better than seeing them at an aquarium.
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  16. so awesome!!! I love being on the coast – it’s been a few years since I have been to CA, but looks like some great areas you have listed to visit!
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