After returning from Costa Rica we decided to spend some time in California visiting our family.  Our first stop was Cayucos for a little time with Grandma.  Cayucos is an adorable beach town on the central coast of California.  It’s a wonderful place for families, with beautiful beaches and a relaxed California vibe.
We started the day off with an early lunch at Duckie’s Chowder House.  Duckie’s is a small casual restaurant by the Cayucos pier, serving up yummy chowder, fish and chips, fish tacos, bowls and burgers.  They have a to-go window, so you can grab lunch to eat on the beach.  We chose to sit down in the restaurant and enjoy a long lunch and a beer. The food was great!  We loved the clam chowder and the garlic fries.
After lunch, the kids ran to a playground on the sand at Cayucos State Beach.  The beach is beautiful and it’s a great place to relax and watch the surfers.
After the boys played in the waves we took a stroll to the end of the newly restored Cayucos Pier.  The original pier was built in 1872 by the town’s founder, Captain James Cass.   It’s an old style pier with no tourist shops or rides, so it’s really quiet.  You can walk to the end and enjoy the view or bring a fishing pole and cast your line over the side.
No visit to Cayucos is complete without sampling the cookies at Brown Butter Cookie Company.  It’s a short stroll down Ocean Ave from the pier.  The cookies are fantastic!  Our favorites are their classic Brown Butter Cookies and the Bourbon cookies.
Ocean Ave is a great street for window shopping.  There are a bunch of cute shops, art galleries, bars, and cafes.
For dinner, we chose Schooners Wharf, a wonderful restaurant on Ocean Ave.  We chose a patio table with an amazing view of the sun setting over the water.  The service was great and we loved the food.  The Pecan Crusted Halibut was a hit.  They also offered a good kids menu for the boys.  It was a perfect end to a relaxing coastal California day!

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  1. The kids definitely seem happy. Sometimes the best way to relax is to see them engaged with happy smiles. Nice one

  2. This is a great town to stop in. Having done the drive from TJ to SF a few times, I’ve rolled through more than once, but not with kids. I know we’ll love our day there next summer!

    • Thanks, Rob. Cayucos is a great place to stop on your drive north, as it’s the last real ‘civilization’ until you get to Carmel, and the drive through Big Sur is a long one.

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