Seniors Enjoy Cayucos By The Sea

Highway 1 at Cayucos, California

Not big, population around 2,600, however Cayucos By The Sea is a highly popular seaside resort area along the Pacific Coast Highway 1. Senior travelers will find this census-designated place in San Luis Obispo County, between Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. Many call Cayucos The Last of California Beach Towns.

Cayucos is the hispanicization of a Chumash word for “kayak,” or “canoe,” used by the Chumash people to fish in the bay, particularly in the rich kelp beds just north of the current Cayucos pier. The town took its name from the old Rancho Moro y Cayucos, a Mexican land grant awarded in 1842 that includes the present area of the town.

1024px-DowntownCayucosCACayucos lies 30 minutes from Hearst Castle, is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and about 3 hours driving time from the San Joaquin Valley. Because of the mild seasons, cool but sunny summers, and sunny, mild winters, Cayucos is an ideal resort for summer and winter vacations.

Seniors Find Quiet, Peaceful Destination

Cass’ Wharf, as it is called, is a “Free Public Fishing Pier” for rock fishing while surf fishing can be done in  Estero Bay. The quiet waters make it a haven for skin diving, swimming, surfing and sea kayaking. Rockhounds and driftwood gatherers have miles of shoreline for collecting California souvenirs.


The local Chamber notes that “visitors can come to listen to the quiet and stillness that only a small town in an untouched countryside can provide. Cayucos is the perfect remedy for those who suffer from the ills and frustrations of life in the fast lane in crowded cities. Peaceful, underdeveloped ranch lands with cattle grazing on undulating, oak-crested hills provide a respite for the city weary, and vineyards are not far away for wine tasting tours. There is virtually no city noise, no traffic, no pollution and no crime in Cayucos.”

TripAdvisor suggests that you not miss a stroll down the famous Cayucos Pier. They also highlight the Old Cayucos Tavern & Card Room. Senior hikers, the Estero Bluffs State Park awaits your visit. The Cayucos State Beach and its historic buildings remains the highlight of the town.


 Seniors Enjoy Old Cayucos Tavern

“Cayucos was born during the days of Spanish land grants, and grew up with sailing ships and steamers, rum runners and revenuers. Gamblers and seafarers met in the Old Cayucos Tavern, and adventurers and romantics of all kinds still rendezvous there today. Cayucos sits at the foot of the hills with its toes in the sand, and awaits you and your exploration.”

Writing daily travel blogs, I see hundreds of ‘official homepages’ and I really liked this one. It is different and loaded with helpful information for senior visitors.  Senior travelers, make a stop at “A Town That Time Forgot” and “Where the old west meets the ocean” on busy Route 1. -jeb

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