Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine may have declared Cayucos one of the coolest beach towns in America in 2009, but it's something locals have known for a long time. Little Cayucos-by-the-Sea, as the Chamber of Commerce folks like to call it, is a true California beach town - minus the Hollywood hype. (If you're looking for that scene, drive another 200 miles south...) Yea, there are surfers and pretty girls in bikinis, but Cayucos is really a laid back beach town perfect for a family vacation or a romantic weekend getaway. Downtown is a few blocks long, sprinkled with restaurants, little shops and seaside bars from which you can sip a glass of Central Coast wine and watch the sunset. And, while Cayucos is a popular spot for a beach break, you can always find a quite spot to spread your towel, relax and let the warm sun melt your cares away. Sound perfect? Well, yea, it pretty much is!
Our favorite Cayucos event has always been the town's 4th of July celebration. We love the sand sculpture contest and parade, followed by a BBQ and fireworks over the Pacific. Other unique, beach vibe events during the year include the Seaglass Festival and the Easter Bonnet Dog Parade. There is also an annual car show, the Peddler's Street Faire, and the Cayucos Wine and Food Festival. But you don't have to wait for an event weekend to enjoy Cayucos, just grab a slice from Ocean Front Pizza or some out-of-this-world smoked fish tacos from the Smokehouse and enjoy. Afterall, in Cayucos life really is a beach!
For a current calendar of events, check out the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce website.