Four Days of Naturally Adventurous Travel in Cayucos, Los Osos Baywood Park, San Simeon and Ragged Point
Day 1: Arrive in Cayucos, California
Arrive in Cayucos along WineCoastCountry.com’s Discovery Route. Easy access by Amtrak, San Luis Obispo Regional Airport (SBP) or by auto along several of CA’s great highways that lead to San Luis Obispo County including State HWYs 101, 1, 46, or 41.
Overnight in Cayucos at one of the many hotels or vacation rentals or B&B’s
Cayucos is the perfect small California beach town and a great home base for an adventurous vacation. Head to the historic Cayucos Pier, a beloved landmark along which you can learn about the history and restoration efforts as part of Wine Coast Country’s Stewardship Travel Program.
Grab your hiking shoes and water and head out to explore the amazing coastal hikes near Cayucos. Estero Bluffs and Harmony Headlands State Parks take you from breathtaking oceans views to marine terrace grasslands. For all the nature lovers, hikers, photographers, artists and bird watchers out there, these walks are for you.
Day 2: Discover Los Osos Baywood Park
11 miles, 15 minutes from Cayucos
Los Osos is the gateway to one of the most spectacular ocean side parks in the country, Montana de Oro State Park. This is a nature lovers dream with trails to rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, canyons and the 1,346-foot Valencia Peak. Biking and equestrian trails invite exploration. Locals Tip: Spooner’s Cove is a fabulous place to hang out on the beach, have lunch, and go tide pooling.
Los Osos Baywood Park is off the beaten tourist path making it a wonderful place to explore. If you’re looking for a forest with more than 200 species of plants, 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles, then find your way to the El Moro Elfin Forest, a hidden forest comprised of California Live Oaks.
Day 3: Explore San Simeon and Ragged Point
23 miles, 30 minutes from Cayucos
The small town of San Simeon sits on either side of HWY 1 where fishing, hiking and bird watching adventure awaits. Not only is some of the best whale-watching here but these waters are home to a sea otter preserve and a rookery for elephant seals. Head to San Simeon Cove to explore bluffs, the Pier or rent a kayak to explore the water from a completely different perspective.
At the northern tip of the Wine Coast Country Highway 1 Discovery Route is Ragged Point, also known as the gateway to Big Sur. Bring a picnic and eat on the lovely open grassy lawn, or grab lunch from the restaurant. Take the trail head down to Ragged Point Beach for impressive cliff and coast views.
Day 4: Beach adventure in Cayucos
Wrap up this adventurous getaway with a stroll or horseback ride along the beach in Cayucos. Connect with the wildlife on the Pacific Ocean from a kayak as you explore the kelp forests and remote beaches. Or simply walk along the quaint old-fashioned main street to check out the many shops, restaurants, and the magical Brown Butter Cookie Company.
Don’t miss a taste of the local wines. Stop by Cayucos Cellars, one of the seven wineries along the Pacific Coast Wine Trail. Locals Tip: Before you leave town, make sure to try the clam chowder at Duckie’s Chowder House or the smoked albacore tacos at Ruddell’s Smokehouse – two local faves!