Are you visiting Cambria for the first time? Below is a list of Central Coast secrets and recommendations for best things to see and do in Cambria, California, a place where you can escape on the California coast.
When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to Fermentations or Harmony Cellars, located outside of Cambria in the town of Harmony, population 18.
If you are looking for typical California cuisine, I recommend Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant.
Are you looking for a quiet place to escape and unplug? Check out Cambria’s Moonstone Beach.
When you come to Cambria, get your picture taken on Santa Rosa Creek Road or in downtown Cambria.
The best item on the menu at Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant is the Pan Seared Sea Scallops.
Notice a lot of trees in Cambria? This beach town is best known for towering pines near the sea.
Looking for cheap food in Cambria, check out Robin’s Restaurant. And for a wide selection of Central Coast wines, stop by the Cambria Shell Gas Station and Gift Shop. Yes, you read that right, this gas station on the central coast stocks all sorts of great wines!
For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to the Black Cat Bistro.
In Cambria, take your picture at the beach.
The best vantage points are taken by driving to the top of Santa Rosa Creek Road.
Moonstone Beach offers great views and is the best place to experience the Cambria Chili Cook Off & Car Show.
In Cambria, outdoor enthusiasts will want to bike ride or go horseback riding with Outback Trail Rides.
Looking for a little exercise? Walk along Moonstone Beach.
If you are a museum lover, Cambria’s best museum is Hearst Castle.
Don’t expect a night out on the town or dancing in Cambria. This place shuts down at night.
Black Cat Bistro is the spot for late night dining.
The Cambrian or The Tribune will keep you posted on what’s happening in town.
You can tell a lot about Cambria from visiting and going to the Cambria Farmers Market.
In the spring you should attend the Cambria Chili Cook Off & Car Show
In the summer you might enjoy a picnic at Shamel Park and while watching the Fourth of July fireworks celebration.
Insider Tip: Check out the often over-looked Piedras Blancas Light Station.
Go to The Tea Cozy for a great breakfast treat or spot of tea.
Just outside of Cambria you can visit San Simeon and visit the Elephant Seal Colony.
The best way to see Cambria is by bicycle.
Don’t miss the Cambria Farmers Market if you have kids traveling with you.
What are your favorite things to see and do in Cambria, California?
Thanks to San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau for assistance with this post. All photos except Santa Rosa Creek Road, courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.