The Cayucos area was originally settled by a New England captain named James Cass, who arrived on 320 acres of the original Rancho Moro y Cayucos Spanish Land Grant in 1867. Cass and his partner, Captain Ingals, immediately recognized the potential of the place, and quickly built a pier, store and warehouse. Cayucos was originally known as Cass's Landing, and Captain Cass's home can still be found at the north end of the town.
C. H. Phillips, a real estate promoter, made Cayucos what it is today by subdividing another section of the Spanish Land Grant into town lots. People quickly found that the temperate climate and rich soil were perfect for fruit, alfalfa, dairy and beans. Buoyed by the thriving agriculture and rich harvests of fish and abalone, Cayucos quickly prospered. The name of the town was taken from the name of the land grant, which means kayak or canoe, such as the small boats used by the Aleuts in hunting sea otter along the coast.
Cayucos offers nothing but the best of California: cool, sunny summers, sunny, mild winters and spectacular ocean views. The town's white sand beaches and proximity to the ocean lend itself to a variety of pursuits, including rock collecting, driftwood collecting, swimming, boating, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, sunbathing and many kinds of fishing. The beach also has a children's play area, barbeque pits, picnic tables and plentiful parking.
Hardie Park is a short walk from the beach and offers a fresh-water swimming pool, year-round tennis courts, picnic tables, barbeque pits and a playground. The town is also within a short distance from the beach. After a day of sunbathing or swimming, visitors and residents enjoy exploring the town's many fine shops and restaurants. Visit American Pie Antiques or McLean's Jewelry & Design, and then stop for a coffee at Kelly's Café or candy at Cayucos Candy Counter. Enjoy Italian cuisine at Café Della Vita or barbeque at Rudell's Smokehouse or sample seafood at Schooner's Wharf or wine at Hoppe's Garden Bistro and Wine Shop, both Outdoor Dining Picks by Central Coast Magazine.
If you are looking for culture or history, visit the amazing Hearst Castle, only 30 miles away from Cayucos. Or, drop into the Museum of Natural History at Morro Bay State Park. Golfers will also find paradise here, with a multitude of top golf courses within driving distance, including Avila Beach Resort, Black Lake Resort and Paso Robles Golf Club. Cayucos and nearby areas also offer a range of live concerts, theatre and movies year-round.
Cayucos's community spirit is evident in its many community events. Residents enjoy unique events, such as the Cayucos Sand Sculpture Contest in July, the Merchants Street Faire in August, Art in the Park in September and the Lighted Boat Parade in December. There are also many intriguing local organizations that are active in the community, including the Cayucos Mural Society and other fraternal and service clubs. Cayucos also boasts an excellent school system and a strong network of local churches. Higher education is accessible in the form of Cuesta Community College and Cal Poly University.
Falling in love with this small community situated between hilly ranchlands and a picturesque part of the Pacific Ocean is the easiest thing many visitors and residents have ever done.
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