So you’re looking to get away for the weekend, kick back on the beach, soak in the sun. Hawaii is too crowded, the Bahamas are too far away. Never fear, California is hiding the cutest little secret beach town of Cayucos.
This tiny little town has a cute main street, plenty of antique stores, and one Wild West-style saloon. It’s at the north end of Estero Bay in San Luis Obispo County, and while other towns in the area may be shrouded in fog, Cayucos weather is almost always sunny, warm, and beautiful.
Or head next door to A Deli and Pieman Pies, which is, yes, a deli, but also (way more importantly!) a pie shop!
If you’re hungry, don’t miss Ruddell’s Smokehouse. Locals know this tiny shack (it doesn’t even have indoor seating) is the best place for a bite. Get some smoked salmon tacos. They put apple in it. Seriously.
Then hit up the Old Cayucos Tavern for a game of pool and a drink. It’s a historic saloon, and if you’re looking for rum and coke, it’s the only bar in town.
Finally, of course, there’s the beach. With miles of dunes and sandy beaches perfect for walks, sunbathing, swimming, and surfing, Cayucos couldn’t be more gorgeous. Ah, I’m feeling relaxed just thinking about it.