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Summer in Cayucos, California

Summer in Cayucos, California

A couple of weeks ago, we had the wonderful opportunity to spend 6 awesome, relaxing days at the beach. Last week I shared pictures from our spectacular Fourth of July, but I wanted to share the rest of our vacation with you guys as well, and point out some must-see locations for you next time you visit the coast!

Summer in Cayucos California



Cayucos, Ca. is a quiet, quaint little town along the west coast in San Luis Obispo county with a population of just over 2,500. Sounds pretty perfect right? Well, it kind of is. This town is also located just 10 miles north of the very popular tourist location, Morro Bay, Ca.

This popular little beach also boasts some pretty special and unique places, including their newly rebuilt pier. The pier was closed in 2013 due to safety reasons, but was rebuilt in 2015 and is more gorgeous than ever!

Summer in Cayucos California

It seemed like every time we walked out onto the pier, we saw something new. Whether it was an adorable momma sea otter nuzzling its little newborn, or a local fisherman catching some ginormous fish, it is always a delight!

Summer in Cayucos California

Summer in Cayucos California

Another thing I love about Cayucos is that it is never packed with people, (well except on the 4th!) and that secluded beach feeling is why we fell in love with this vacation spot. The last thing I need is to deal with too many people while on vacation at the beach. I’m in a swimsuit and just want to play with my kids, you moms know what I’m talking about!

One thing I really dig about small towns like this are the cute little shops they have, and Cayucos doesn’t disappoint in that area either. They have antique shops, coffee shops, tourist shops with knick knacks that no one needs but always ends up buying, a candy shop, my all time favorite cookie shop, and of course delicious restaurants with sea views too. One of our favorite places to eat here is Duckie’s Chowder House.

Duckies Chowder House Cayucos Ca

Duckies Chowder House Cayucos Ca

Yes, we loaded up on fried food. We were on vacation and that is how you eat when on vacation okay? They also have some super yum seafood and of course clam chowder. Duh, it’s called Chowder House. 🙄

On the days we headed to the beach, we popped up our shade tent and I just enjoyed the sound of the waves. Well, I’d like to say I just laid out and got a super gorgeous tan, but it was more like, “Mom, go catch your youngest little crazy child who keeps running up and down the beach screaming in delight”. He was having the time of his life watching mommy run after him for 3 straight hours.  😆

Summer in Cayucos California

Okay maybe some of the time he sat still for me  😉 But inevitably, tiredness won. And this little guy crashed. Yes, mommy had to sit in this position for a good hour. My back was aching and I couldn’t feel my feet, but I’d do it again in a heart beat for this little guy.

Summer in Cayucos California

But we really did enjoy this beach.. They even have fire pits nearby the pier so you can just chill with your family or even make some yummy s’mores, which is a tradition for us.. We can’t go to the beach without s’mores being created and eaten till our faces are sticky and messy.

Summer in Cayucos California




Summer in Cayucos California

So did you guys notice a trend here? NO CROWDS! Yes, on the days we headed down to the beach, it was empty. I mean, you had your cute couple walk by every now and again with their very wet, very smelly pooch who just wanted to say hi, but that was pretty much it!

Oh and this little guy.. He was there too.. His name is bubbles.

Summer in Morro Bay, California

On another day, we headed to a nearby town called Avila Beach, Ca. It’s approximately 35 minutes from Cayucos, give or take. This is another one of this small, quaint towns, but this town boasts a much more “uppity” feel to it. And I mean that is a positive way, not a negative one! It is quite beautiful.. The down side? It is ALWAYS packed. And you can see why.. Gorgeous darling, simply gorgeous.

Summer in Avila Beach

The cute buildings with the bright colors get me hooked every time we visit. They are just PRETTY. Now Avila has some very fancy nice restaurants, as well as casual restaurants. They have tons of shops. Their beach is a bit smaller than Cayucos though. Which makes for a more compact feel when at the beach.

Summer in Avila Beach

Summer in Avila Beach

Packed with people, as you can see. And this was an off day, like a Wednesday. Not sure why so many people popped in. Of course it is summer so people are out and about more than usual..

Summer in Avila Beach

Summer in Avila Beach

Summer in Avila Beach

Our dog Ellie thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Avila Beach as well.. And yes, I did notice I was wearing a Pismo Beach sweater at Avila Beach, which I feel quite guilty about now that I think of it. Oopsy, oh well.

One more stop we always make with the kids is Morro Rock located in Morro Bay, California. This thing is just a beauty and we enjoy seeing it close up. Here’s the view of Morro Rock from the Cayucos pier.

Summer in Morro Bay, California

And here we are smack dab in front of it!

Summer in Morro Bay, California

What’s unique about this place is that they allow you to park your vehicle and walk all the way to the back side of the ginormous rock. There’s even a little beach around the side. We found this out at our last visit and will for sure we taking the gorgeous little walk every time we go!

Summer in Morro Bay, California

Summer in Morro Bay, California

It’s a nice little trek, not so far that the little’s can’t walk it. Our 2 year old did just fine, and he is a lazy butt! 😆  The kids will love the walk, I highly recommend it. Morro Bay also boasts great shops and seafood restaurants as well. So take a break from the walking and go get some yummy grub!



We had a lovely time this year at our annual summer vacation spot. Have you guys gone on a vacation yet this year? Comment below and share..

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9 Comments

  1. Southern California has always been my happy place. If I could move anywhere, that’s where I’d go! That sounds like the perfect little town!

  2. Rosey

    Looks and sounds great to me. I know we’d probably call dibs on one of those fire pits!

  3. This does seem like a really nice part of California. Your getaway sounded relaxing! I’d love to see the Morro Rock up close!

  4. Neely Moldovan

    We love California! Such a great place to visit and so much fun stuff to do! This place looks delightful!

  5. Cayucos, California sounds like a great place to spend some time in the summer. My kiddos would definitely like going to that beach.
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  6. It looks like a wonderful place to visit! I have never been there before then again I have only been to California once before. I love beach towns like this! They are some of my favorite places to explore.
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  7. I’m a big fan of the California coast and having driven from San Francisco all the way down to San Diego, I loved each town we stopped in along the way. I haven’t been on vacation yet this year, but am planning to go to Arizona (Sedona) and there is a slight possibility I will also include a few days in Laguna Beach. Your post made me really want to get back to the ocean again. It sounds like you had a fabulous time and it’s wonderful that there are so many family friendly things to do too.

  8. What a beautiful place to visit! I am over here on the East Coast, have never been passed this coast yet 😉 I love how Cayucos, CA looks so beautiful and enjoyable. What a great place to spend some summer time at!

  9. Isn’t it funny how you can live your entire life somewhere and think you know it like the back of your hand, but you actually overlook so much?
    I grew up in CA. Spent 30 years of my life there. Both SoCal and NorCal and I thought I knew every town in between! I’ve never been to Cayucos though!

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