Welcome to Cambria CA! Cambria CA is located about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s central coast, just 4 miles south of the famous historic landmark Hearst Castle. It sits cosy in towering pines on California’s beautiful central coast. Cambria is famous for its dramatic coastal landscape, nested where ocean meets pine forests. Chock-full of character with historic architecture, downtown art galleries, boutique shops, antiques, history and romance. Savor the flavors of Cambria with gourmet foods and luxurious wines showcased at a variety of tasting rooms. Every day in Cambria is a creative adventure.
Located on California’s iconic Highway 1 between Cayucos and San Simeon, offers up village charm, delicious flavors and natural wonders. Regardless of the season or reason for your visit, Cambria has something for everyone. Come visit Cambria CA!
Weather (When to Go)
The currents of the Pacific Ocean keep Cambria CA cool with annual temperatures averaging 70 degrees F. The Mediterranean climate features mild winters and warm summers. There can be triple-digit temperatures in the summer and a chilly breeze in the winter, perfect for a glass of wine in front of the fireplace. Even on warm summer days, you can count on a swift cool down at night.
The best time to visit Cambria depends on what activities you have in mind. Those interested in outdoor activities may wish to plan for a summer trip, when rainfall is minimal. The mild winters make weather considerations secondary, however, and those interested in local wildlife will see the most with a January or February trip. Hearst Castle is open year-round, but the evening tours in the fall and garden tours in the spring are strictly seasonal affairs; those wishing to view such tours should make their plans accordingly.
Getting To Cambria
San Luis Obispo County is located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Its accessible via U.S. Highway 101, which runs north and south through the heart of the county. From Interstate Highway 5, head west to the coast on State Highways 41, 46 or 166.
The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport offers direct service to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle and Denver in addition to hundreds of connecting destinations in the U.S. and abroad. Taxis, rental cars, and Ride-On Transportation shuttles are available at the airport. Charter jet services are also offered by ACI Jet in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles.
By Train or Bus
Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner trains make daily stops at the City of San Luis Obispo Amtrak station, located near downtown. From there, board an SLO RTA bus or arrange for a Ride-On Transportation shuttle. Amtrak also has services that stop at the Grover Beach and Paso Robles stations. For an updated schedule of service, click here.
In the Santa Lucia Mountains of California on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, craftsmen labored nearly 28 years to create La Cuesta Encantada “The Enchanted Hill”, a magnificent estate of 165 rooms, and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, and walkways. Its rooms were furnished with an impressive collection of Spanish and Italian antiques and art. All tours include a half mile walk and 150 to 400 stairs. Daytime tours take about 1 hour and 45 minutes, including bus trips to and from the Visitor Center. Tour 1 is recommended for first-time visitors.
The northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5800 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land-based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting, and rest. Piedras Blancas is a great place to view these remarkable creatures during their time onshore. The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery spreads over 6 miles of shoreline around Point Piedras Blancas on the central coast of California.
A gem among the historic Spanish California missions, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is must-see for history buffs, family vacationers, and California tourists of all kinds. Watch the video to see SLO’s charming downtown area, where visitors can choose from a variety of restaurant and shopping establishments. Just outside the Mission lies the open community park and San Luis Creek, an area called Mission Plaza, which faces the bustling shopping and dining district of downtown and hosts many community events such as free summer Concerts in the Plaza.
Hearst San Simeon State Park is one of the oldest units of the California State Park System. The coastal bluffs and promontories of the scenic park offer unobstructed views of the ocean and rocky shore. The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve which were established in 1990. A 3.3 mile trail runs through parts of the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Washburn Campground. The trail includes scenic overlooks, rest-stop benches and interpretive panels with information on wildlife and habitat. A portion of the trail along the seasonal wetland is wheelchair accessible.
Moonstone Beach is one of the primary beaches in Cambria. It boasts Central Coast views that run north and south for many miles. The Moonstone Beach State Parklands consists of 30 acres, including Leffingwell Landing State Park, Moonstone Beach Drive, and Santa Rosa Creek access. Famous for its dramatic coastline and breathtaking views, the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk is where your Cambria seaside escape begins. Whether you want to sink your toes into the sand, catch glimpses of marine life swimming by, explore living tide pools, or head out to sea for surfing, boating, and other aquatic adventures, you will find there is something for everyone to enjoy on Moonstone Beach.
Things to Do
Sea For Yourself Kayak Outfitters (SFYKO) is a kayak outfitting company that is located within the William Randolph Hearst State Memorial Park was established in 1998. All of their kayaking tours take place within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Their knowledgeable guides are dedicated to providing customers with a unique educational experience about local wildlife, habitats and some interesting history about the beautiful area we live in. They are open year round with reservations and during the summer are enjoying the beach daily. For more information call 805-927-1787, or visit them on the web at Sea For Yourself Kayak Outfitters.
Kayak, bike and hike Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Big Sur and the Central Coast. They specialize in incredible California Central Coast outdoors tours and trips for individual travelers, small group tours or large group tours kayaking, biking or hiking in their natural playground. For more information call 805-528-1080, or visit them on the web at Central Coast Outdoors.
Chablis is a unique, 50-foot, two-story riverboat that graces the gentle waters of beautiful Morro Bay Harbor. The plushly decorated interior with its panoramic windows and rooftop deck make it the perfect setting for parties, business meetings, bridal showers, weddings, receptions, and events of all kinds. A cruise on Chablis will be a lasting memory. Their weekly Champagne Brunch is an event to be enjoyed by all. For more information call 805-772-2128, or visit them on the web at Chablis Cruises.
Take a guided harbor tour of beautiful Morro Bay aboard the Lost Isle. Enjoy scenic vistas and wildlife viewing in comfort with a full bar and tropical drink menu. For more information call 805-771-9337, or visit them on the web at Lost Isle Adventures.
They are a full service retail shop dedicated to stand up paddling. They have a SUP rental operation that runs 7 days a week by reservation. MBSUP is an Academy of Surfing Instructors Accredited SUP School and they offer beginner to advanced stand up paddle lessons. They are the Central Coast’s authorized dealer for Infinity SUP, POP Paddleboards, Boardworks, and Starboard. For more information call 805-225-7967, or visit them on the web at Morro Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding.
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Galley Seafood Bar & Grill
The freshest, premium seafood. Hand-selected seasonal ingredients from our own farm. An impressive selection of world-class wines. All tastefully wrapped in novel Island decor and overlooking the scenic waterfront. Welcome to a new definition of taste – The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar – the Central Coast’s finest seafood restaurant located on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. For more information call 805-772-7777, or visit them on the web at Galley Seafood Bar & Grill.
Robin’s features handcrafted comfort cuisine with an array of international flavors made from farmers’ market fresh ingredients. Housed in a restored adobe home in the historic East Village of Cambria, Robin’s is a favorite with locals and visitors for its warm hospitality, cozy atmosphere and charming gardens. Whether stopping for lunch before visiting the nearby Hearst Castle or enjoying a romantic date night in the garden, Robin’s has something for everyone. Enjoy live music in the Garden throughout the year. For more information call 805-927-5007, or visit them on the web at Robin’s Restaurant.
Marston’s 101 Restaurant & Cocktails
A modern, wine-country eatery featuring a full bar with craft cocktails, local wines, and craft beer. The California-cuisine menu uses local ingredients and certain dishes will be rotated seasonally. The centerpiece of the menu – the wood fired oven – is not just for delicious flatbread pizzas. Wood oven items will also include appetizers, entrees and meat dishes. For more information call 805-460-7371, or visit them on the web at Marston’s 101 Restaurant & Cocktails.
Blue Heron is contemporary coastal cuisine. Comprised almost entirely of locally sourced seafood and produce from our 5 acre farm, the menu has been thoughtfully crafted by our chef to be both playful and familiar while gesturing at refinement and grace. For more information call 805-440-7413, or visit them on the web at Blue Heron.
Mint + Craft
Mint+Craft is a fast-casual cafe and mercantile that features innovative, market-fresh foods and locally made artisanal wares that are tastefully handcrafted. Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a leisurely experience on our sunny downtown patio, Mint+Craft is a convenient choice for locally-sourced, quality foods and merchandise. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For more information call 805-632-9191, or visit them on the web at Mint + Craft.
Marston’s 101 Restaurant & Cocktails is a modern, wine-country eatery featuring a full bar with craft cocktails, local wines, and craft beer. For more information call 805-460-7371, or visit them on the web at Marston’s 101 Restaurant & Cocktails.
They feature 84 drafts to include beer, wine, and ciders. Hand crafted new American cuisine. They offer indoor and outdoor patio seating and 15 flat screen TVs. They are family and pet friendly. For more information call 805-439-4316, or visit them on the web at Milestone Tavern.
Located in the historic Creamery in Downtown San Luis Obispo, Spike’s Pub has proudly poured the finest brew since 1981. They are dedicated to the oldest fermented beverage in the world’s BEER. Stop by and pull up a chair at Spikes and immerse yourself in the full beer experience. With 35 beers on tap (plus our large selection of bottled beers and ciders), you can enjoy local beers that originate in central California, or go on a beer tasting adventure and try a vast array of beer from around the world! For more information call 805-544-7157, or visit them on the web at Spike’s Pub.
Join the fun in Paso Robles, just minutes off the 101. Relax in the unique half-acre beer garden with sweeping views, rushing waterfall, live music and friendly people. Paired with an endless lineup of energetic bands and fun events, BarrelHouse is famously known for their delicious line-up of year-round beers: Sunny Daze, Juicy IPA, Mango IPA, BarrelHouse IPA, Big Sur and BarrelHouse Stout. Additionally, since the brewhouse first fired up, BarrelHouse has been masterfully crafting an impressive line-up of sour and non-sour barrel-aged beers. For more information call 805-296-1128, or visit them on the web at BarrelHouse Brewing Company.
Their San Simeon Tasting Room sits in the Old San Simeon village inside Sebastian’s General Store and shares the space with Sebastian’s Café and the historic Post Office. They are just steps to the beach! They have a large deck/patio area to wine taste on where visitors can catch glimpses of the Pacific Ocean, and peek-a-boo views of the Castle on the hill. Visitors often enjoy doing a wine tasting and grabbing lunch at the Café. For more information call 805-927-4100, or visit them on the web at Hearst Ranch Winery.
A free wine hour, homemade evening cookies and full breakfast are included daily at The J Patrick House. Moonstone Beach Park is 4 minutes’ drive away. A fireplace and free WiFi are included in rooms. Styled in modern white linens and elegant wood furnishings, each room provides a window seat at Patrick House. Free spa toiletries are featured in the private bathroom. Towels and linens are provided. French toast, eggs florentine and other rotating breakfast dishes are served daily. Running for over 30 years, Patrick House offers seasoned concierge recommendations. Surrounded by gardens, a shared lounge is also offered. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit J Patrick House Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Pelican Inn & Suites invites guests to unwind in oceanfront accommodations with complimentary Wi-Fi, pampering robes, upscale bath amenities, and complimentary breakfast every morning. In addition, we offer several Moonstone Beach hotel deals – from Hearst Castle Tours to Stay Longer & Save – so guests can simply let go and relax by the ocean. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Pelican Inn & Suites.
This beachfront hotel in Cambria features 46 comfortable guest rooms with in-room gas fireplaces – as well as generous Moonstone Beach hotel amenities, like complimentary Wi-Fi, bath robes, flat-screen TVs, and in select rooms – jetted tubs and private terraces! Guests can enjoy a year-round heated pool and spa and complimentary hot breakfast each morning, the perfect way to start your day! Ideal for family vacations and romantic escapes, our comfortable Moonstone Beach hotel is located within close proximity of iconic attractions, like Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, and an assortment of Paso Robles wineries & tasting rooms. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach.
Moonstone Landing is a boutique family owned beachfront property located in the charming town of Cambria with its historic architecture, quaint shops, fine dining, and many art galleries. Their rooms have a full or partial ocean view with a comfortable and inviting ambiance. All rooms have a fireplace, refrigerator, micro-wave, coffeemaker, and complimentary internet access. They offer a continental breakfast each morning in the lobby. The oceanfront rooms offer jacuzzi bathtubs and spectacular white water views and sunsets from your patio or balcony. All rooms are non-smoking and no pets are allowed. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Moonstone Landing.
This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. Located across the street from Moonstone Beach, off Highway 1, this Cambria hotel offers free WiFi and serves a daily continental breakfast. San Simeon State Park is 5 minutes’ drive away. All rooms at Cambria Beach Lodge feature over-sized showers and beach-inspired décor including sun bleached floors. A flat-screen HD TV with premium cable channels, a seating area and boutique bath amenities are included in all guest rooms. Select rooms include a fireplace. A sun terrace with deck chairs overlooking the Pacific Ocean is available for guest relaxation. Guests can explore the many cycling paths and hiking trails nearby the property. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Cambria Beach Lodge.