Antiques add to charm of small California surfer town

Cayucos, California antiques

The beach and pier in Cayucos offer epic views of sea life including whales, dolphins, and otters. Image courtesy CA Highway 1 Discovery Route


CAYUCOS, Calif. – You don’t have to fly to Hawaii to experience long stretches of white sandy beaches, killer waves, and charming locals. You don’t have to travel to Las Vegas to play poker or Texas to drink at an authentic western saloon with big swinging doors and cowboys. And, you don’t have to visit the old towns of Europe or New England to discover a plethora of antiques, the intimacy of small-town charm and great restaurants. You just need to visit the classic beach town of Cayucos along the California Highway 1 Discovery Route located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Cayucos is an iconic seaside town located on coastal Highway 1, where the old west meets the Pacific Ocean. The Cayucos Tavern was built in 1906 and is a historic saloon that still offers poker, billiards, live music, authentic cowboys and great drinks to wet your whistle. Cayucos offers a quaint old-fashioned main street called Ocean Avenue filled with restaurants featuring local seafood, wine and craft brews, antique shops filled with memories of the past, and mom and pop shops that have been around for decades.


Cayucos, California antiques

Cayucos is an iconic seaside town located on coastal Highway 1, where the Old West meets the Pacific Ocean. Image courtesy CA Highway 1 Discovery Route


Historic Downtown Cayucos was officially settled in 1867 by Captain James Cass. Captain Cass’ house was the town’s showplace and social center back in the day, and the Visitor Center has many items that belonged to the captain, along with thousands of images and a permanent collection of artifacts of Cayucos’ rich history.

Cayucos Classic Car Show, which takes place on Saturday, November 4, 2017, is an annual tradition in downtown Cayucos and is sold out to exhibitors every year. It’s free to the public. Next March 9-11 (2018) the town will host the 8th Annual Cayucos Sea Glass festival. Enjoy a weekend of local artisan goods, fun in the sun, live music, and of course an extensive marketplace of the finest sea glass art. Vendors are juried and the artwork is first class.

Click to learn more about the California Highway 1 Discovery Route and the town’s antique shops and galleries.

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