Cayucos – California Central Coast
Small Historical Towns
– PelicanNetwork EcoGuide
Cayucos looks like a place in California is supposed to look:

Not like anywhere else.

Natural occurences appear in California in a great abundance. And, they are all so different. There is great contrast. Huge natural phenomena abound. Then, humans came and invented sameness.
It was a business thing. With all the bold greatness around, the folks who like to sell things were intimidated by this greatness, and needed to reduce it to a monotonous mediocrity. Drive ups. Tract homes.

Thankfully, however, owing mostly to the character of the people who selected Central Coastal California to live, some places were spared the monotony. A splendid little example is Cayucos. It’s quiet, inspiring and mostly natural. It’s real California.

Cayucos sits away from the highway, along the beach. Wind swept, clean, open air, with a hilly backdrop and a wide expansive face to the ocean. A long pier accentuates the scene, hinging the town to the sea.
California is a movie here. You can almost see John Gavin getting off a Greyhound, James Dean cruising by in his Spyder, or Marlon Brando lurking on his Indian motorcycle.
A Cayucos local wants “eco friendly visitors” to know about Estero Bluffs
If you want updates about Big Sur and the Central Coast, join the PelicanNetwork email list

Yes. I want to be on the PelicanNetwork email list.

(Your name and email address will not be given to anybody. You will receive stories and reports about once a week – for example about natural and cultural history events, group hikes, new books and issues.)

My Name
My Email


Where to stay in Cayucos

Cottage Oaks – Guest House in Wine Country Minutes from Beach

Accommodations: Guest Cottage – 1 Bedroom – 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-4)

See what life on the Central Coast is all about! Located between the beach and wine country, this cottage is surrounded by rare California nature and open space. Situated in a beautiful tree-lined coastal canyon, and just out of the hustle and bustle of nearby tourist attractions.

Phone: (888)723-7171 office hours

or (805)- 545-5890 after hours

Interactive Map
Events Calendar
Eco Guide

Become a member of PelicanNetwork

Interactive Central Coast Map

Click in the map at the left

An arts and nature guide to an infinitely interesting region. Pelican takes the conscientious traveler behind the cover and into the natural and cultural history that makes Central Coastal California so exciting.

Coming here soon: regional art crafts, community theater, galleries, events for arts and/or environment, regional cuisine and organic foods and flowers.


About the Pelican ClickGo Maps

Point Lobos

Pelican Getaways

Santa Cruz Redwoods

Big Sur Story

Pacific Grove

Steinbeck Center

Big Basin Creation

Big Sur Eco Guide


Central Coast Guide

C. Coast Activities

Big Sur Lodge

Elkhorn Slough

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Central Coast Events

Big Sur Campgrounds


Calif. Back Country

Central Coast Map

Big Sur Coast

Sandpiper Inn

Monterey Peninsula

San Juan Bautista

Ventana Wilderness

Carmel Hiking

Bygone Towns

Pelican Protectin Alliance

Molera State Park

Pebble Beach


Monarchs in Pacific Grove

Big Sur People & Places

Santa Cruz


Natural Bridges – Butterfly

Big Sur Watercolors

Monterey Bay Volunteer

San Simeon-Piedras Blancas

Big Sur Hiking

Marine Sanctuary

Elephant Seal Notes

Artichoke Store

Big Sur Lodging

Moss Landing


Garden Art

Hwy One – Big Sur Road

Carmel Valley

Mission San Antonio


Big Sur Cabins

Carmel Birding

Hearst Hacienda

Birding Places

Santa Lucia Reserve

Carmel Lodging

Elephant Seals


Point Sur Historical Park

Morro Bay

Montaña de Oro

Nature Guide

Partington Cove & Canyon

Hecker Pass


Member Comments

Nacimiento Road

Pinnacles Monument


PelicanNetwork Links

Old Coast Road – Big Sur

Kayak Central Coast

Salinan Nation

PelicanNetwork Home

Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Bixby Bridge

Rock Art Site Steward

About Pelican Network

Big Sur Diving


Member’s Comments

Pelican Member

Big Sur Birding

Big Sur Sanctuary

Voices of the Wetlands


Submit a comment or a question to PelicanNetwork.

My Name


I am interested in becoming a member of PelicanNetwork

PelicanNetwork is an Internet based network of community based non profits dedicated to advancing knowledge of the natural history and the arts on the Central Coast.