Cambria Travel Guide

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Cambria Things to Do


    Cambria is on Hwy 1, south of Big Sur and about 35 minutes from San Luis Obsipo. If you are in the area, a sight to behold is Moonstone Beach. Just north of the town of Cambria take Moonstone Beach Drive. On one side of the drive are many motels, a couple of restaurants, some art galleries and on the other side is the wondrous Pacific Ocean and the...

  • Take time for the sunset

    If the fog clears on the Cambria coast, take the time to enjoy the sunset. Cambria has a nice boardwalk that runs between Moonstone Beach and Moonstone Beach Drive. A very enjoyable walk really any time of day.

  • Coastal Discovery Fair

    We lucked out again and just happened to be in Cambria for the 20th anniversary of Marine Sanctuary. The fair is ran annually every third Saturday of July. It was held in San Simeon at Hearst Memorial Beach state park.There was about 20 exhibitors teaching various aspects of marine life with some hands on activities for children. Very educational!...

  • W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach

    This is a wonderful little state beach just across from the entrance to Hearst Castle. There is a long pier that offers great views of the coast line and nice beaches on either side. Locals tell me that this beach is usually protected and rarely has the fog set in like in does to the south in Cambria.In the parking area, there is a stand of...

  • Explore tidal pools!

    A nice pass time I enjoy is exploring tidal pools after the tide goes out to see what creatures are left behind. Moonstone beach in Cambria has a few great location to do this. Wear appropriate footwear when doing this because the rocks can be very slippery and jagged. Below are a few photo of some of the fun creatures you can find.

  • Farmer's Market

    Although we did not plan this it was nice to find out about it. The farmer's market is every Friday in the parking lot next to the Veteran's Hall on the corner of Main street and Cambria rd. Local farmers set up tables and tents to sell fresh vegetables from their farm. We purchased some of the best plums and cantaloupe I ever had. There is a horn...

  • Elephant Seals!

    This was top on our list of things to do and see near Cambria. The elephant seals are just off the highway and there is very good parking and signs along the road to find them. There is a boardwalk that runs a good length of the beach. As you pull into the parking area there a sign set up directing people as to the best view spots for that day.I...

  • Leffingwell Landing Beach

    On the northern end of Moonstone Beach is a wonderful area to explore tidepools, interesting rock formations, as well as fantastic views and photography opportunities. The area is called Leffingwell Landing. Look South and you will see all of Moonstone Beach. You may be able to catch Sea Otters and other creatures. Squirrels are friendly so bring...

  • California Hill Country Ride

    We had a wonderful trail ride in the mountains above Cambria. They were the nicest horses I have ever had from a trail riding outfit. My daughter really enjoyed it. There were eight of us signed up and they broke us up into two groups of four each. The man in charge was Australian


Cambria Hotels

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  • Blue Dolphin Inn

    The Blue Dolphin Inn is a terrific romantic get away located across from Moonstone Beach in Cambria,...

  • Sand Pebbles Inn

    Cambria is a great place to get away from the urban sprawl of LA, of the density of SF. During last...

  • FogCatcher Inn

    This hotel (and others in the Pacifica chain) could not be better. It's quaint and picturesque with...


Cambria Restaurants

  • Best in Cambria

    We were lucky to get a reservation at Madaline's as it is very popular for good reason. It is a small restaurant with an attached wine shop. They are only open for dinner. The dining room has very nice painting along the wall similar to how a museum would be set up. It is also a little dark. There are small lights over the tables but several were...

  • Quick Coffee

    Stopped in for a quick cup of coffee and spotted something sweet that ended up being a pleasant surprise. great place and good coffee!

  • Fresh and original!

    This is one of my favorite restaurants for lunch. There are several different seating options, indoor, outdoor deck which is beautiful, and a lower patio area. We sat out on the deck which is well shaded and lots of plants. The wait staff were very attentive.The menu choices sounded so good we had to order an appetizer. We started with the sweet...

  • Amazing cupcakes!

    Linn's is a full restaurant but we stopped in the afternoon to the bakery and little gift shop. The cupcakes looked so good we stayed to have one. We had the "Button" cupcake which more like a cheesecake chocolate swirl cake. It was delicious! They are open everyday from 8am to 9pm.

  • Nice little find!

    Wild Ginger is a Thai restaurant, wonderfully decorated both inside and out. The exterior caught my eye and invites you in. It is a very small place with only 5 or 6 table indoor and about 3 table on a side outdoor patio.But this alone is not why we chose to eat here. The menu had some interesting items we wanted to try. We had the Panang Chicken...


    You stop in Cambria for a while, maybe even stay overnight, but you go because you have been here before and love it; you heard about the artists and boutiques and want to visit; or you are driving Hwy 1 from San Luis Obispo up to Carmel-by-the-Sea and decided you were hungry. If you are hungry, no matter why you are in Cambria, one restaurant has...


Cambria Nightlife

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    by bevjerry Written May 21, 2007

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    A charming playhouse that seats about 70 and presents plays (usually comedies) using some very talented local people. They are open most Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday Matinees. Seating is in padded directors chairs. During intermission you can get a drink (wine or coffee) in the pub and after the play the cast is often available in the pub to talk to the audience. They have a free reading once a month on the second or third Wednesday.

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Cambria Transportation

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    by keida84 Written Nov 2, 2006

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    So just how does one get to Cambria? I am glad you asked the question; here is the answer:

    There are 3 ways to get to Cambria. The first is by car. Cambria is 240 miles North of Los Angeles and it is 240 from San Francisco on Highway 1. Note**Gasoline prices are very high in Cambria, so fill up in San Luis Obispo. The range of prices is 10 cents to 85 cents per gallon MORE than everywhere else in California.

    You approach Cambria from the 101 freeway North or South. Watch for signs that say Cambria and you can get there by connecting with Highway 41 OR Highway 46 then turn North on Highway 1.

    You can also reach Cambria by air. Flights into San Luis Obispo Airport are 35 miles South of the Village (Cambria). You will need to rent a car here to get you into Cambria proper.

    Lastly you can use the Amtrak train. The train station like the airport is in San Luis Obispo 35 miles South of Cambra. Besides rental cars to get you around Cambria there is a county bus which runs between San Luis Obsipo and Cambria. Cambria Community Bus 805 927 4173

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Cambria Shopping


    This is one of those boutique shops in Cambria that you have to browse through just for the fun of it. Who knows, you may find sometime you like or were looking for a long time and here it is. This quaint cottage has all the goodies for the gardener in you. Each nook and cranny has many books and gardening tools as well as natural body care...


    Seekers has been in Cambria for many years and over those years I have been inside this glass art boutique at least 20 times. Museum quality American glass art pieces with many signed and dated by the artist are featured on display cases throughout the store.My wife, Sue, and I just fell in love with the glass art work of fairies and have purchased...

  • Don't miss this Antiques Mall

    One of my favorite things to do in Cambria is walk around the town. Cambria is divided into 3 parts: East Village, West Villiage and Moonstone Beach. You can walk to both villiages however if you are with small children this would not be a good idea as it is a "far" walk. The East Village is a "mecca" of antique shops. I like to mosey through them...


Cambria Warnings and Dangers

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    by Dabs Written Oct 28, 2006

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    I noticed as we were looking through the antique stores and gift shops that the prices in Cambria are just a little inflated, this area survives on tourism so, of course, prices are higher. The gas prices were what really struck me, at least 40 cents more per gallon than the next highest price I had seen and 86 cents more per gallon than the prices I found near LAX. So gas up before or after you go through Cambria!!!

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Cambria Tourist Traps

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    by SteveOSF Written Aug 16, 2007

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    Gas was 3.85 a gallon here when on the same day it was 3.35 down the Highway at Morro Bay. That's an outrages fifteen percent increase for just being a few more miles up Highway 1. It's worth filling up before you get here.

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Cambria What to Pack

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    by cambriahermit Written Jul 4, 2012

    Luggage and bags: Pack light...leave room for all the fabulous shopping!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Casual is key. There isn't really a reason for super dressy. Bring walking shoes and a few things you can wear if it gets chilly.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We have a drugstore and a wonderful paramedic team.

    Photo Equipment: Cameras are a must!

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Cambria Favorites

  • by startup08 Written May 7, 2008

    Favorite thing: Cambria is a warm and friendly town that is the perfect spot for a weekend get away or a honeymoon. My wife and I spent our honeymoon there at the Cambria Pines Lodge which is beautiful and pet friendly to boot !

    There are wonderful wineries and shopping in Cambria that are just perfect for any taste

    Fondest memory: Dining at the Cambria Pines Restaurant in the outdoor garden area after a day at Hearst Castle and watching the elephant seals on the beach near San Simeon.

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