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Morro Bay: In short, Morro Bay is everything you could possibly ask for in a waterfront town, from the quaint little shops and restaurants to the stunning coastline. Hit the dockside to find the bustling Embarcadero filled with unique shops, art galleries and family-friendly activities galore. It is true that Morro Bay has earned its right as one of the best (if not the best) Central Coast towns for a variety of reasons.But the number one selling point of this charming Central California beach town is the fact that it is home to one of California’s Nine Sisters, aka a series of cool volcanic mountains, also known as Morro Rock.

Every day here offers up a new catch. Fisherman haul in their bounty daily, supplying fresh seafood and oysters to oceanfront restaurants and seaside markets. While Morro Bay is a true working fishing town, there’s always plenty of time for play. Morro Bay is all about relaxing, and relax you will as you mosey along the picturesque boardwalk and take in the breathtaking view of Morro Rock showing off her stuff in the middle of the bay.

Cambria: Nestled comfortably between Cayucos and San Simeon, sits the village of Cambria. It’s a seaside hamlet with a down-home charming feel. There are plenty of places along the Central Coast to lay out your towel, although in Cambria, there are no guarantees that the weather will cooperate. Historic architecture, downtown art galleries, boutique shops, and antiques lend vibrant energy to this cute town hidden among the Monterey Pines. Sure, it may be small, but Cambria is a culinary kingpin with gourmet eateries and a host of tasting rooms serving up farm-to-table feasts and the most luxurious wines the region has to offer. Village charm, delicious flavors, and natural wonders. No matter what the season or reason, it’s always easy to cozy up to Cambria.24 Central Coast Towns that You Need to Visit on Your Next Trip to California – California Crossroads

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Coming from the Native American word for “kayak,” Cayucos may be the best-kept secret in the Central Coast. Cayucos is right off Highway 1, nestled between Morro Bay and Cambria. You can dabble in some good old-fashioned coastal town history in Cayucos where the streets — or should we say street — haven’t changed a bit in the last 100+ years.  While most Central Coast coastal cities provide typical beach vibes, it is nice to have a bit of variety every so often, and Cayucos offers you just that. The city is known for its historic pier, built way back in 1872. The locals here are equally proud of their present — the old boardwalk is now dotted with charming new boutiques, trendy shops, dining hot spots and eclectic antique stores. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you to check out the pooch-friendly beaches and world-class surf breaks. They’ll even guide you to the many biking, hiking and equine trails weaving through the nearby hills. 
Los Osos
Located along the ocean, just south of Morro Bay, is the tiny community of Los Osos.  It’s home to another hidden treasure tucked just off Highway 1 — Montaña de Oro State Park, where wildflowers flourish in the spring and tide pools brim with marine life all year round. Montana de Oro features beautiful beaches as well. Spooner’s Cove Beach is great for strolling, picnicking, sunbathing, and rock scrambling and tide pool exploration. Sandspit Beach offers surfing as well as a sandy beach for walking.  The Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve is yet another place in Los Osos where you can enjoy nature. The reserve protects a group of oak trees that are several hundred years old. Downtown Los Osos is charming, with small boutique shops, antique stores, and a surprising number of quality art galleries given the small size of the communities. Some galleries are also working studios.

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