Cayucos--Where is it, what does it mean?
Cayucos, California is located on
California's Central Coast between cities Morro Bay (to the
south) and Cambria (to the north). It is a relatively small
city and hasn't grown in the past several decades, thanks to
issues such as a lack of a steady municipal water supply.
Tourists absolutely love this quaint town with a downtown
that looks like something out of the Old West. Slightly
wind-swept, the city overlooks a bay and the big Morro Rock.
Cayucos is in San Luis Obispo County, home to attractions
such as Hearst Castle, and beach destinations such as Pismo
Beach. Just to the east a half an hour or so is the scenic
wine country of Paso Robles wine region.
How do I get to Cayucos? Highway 1, the coastal highway
accesses Cayucos. The nearest Amtrak train depot is south an
hour or so in Grover Beach. The closest airport with shuttle
service to Los Angeles International Airport is Santa Maria
Airport, approx. 1 hour by car, or around 50 miles south in
Santa Barbara County.
What does Cayucos mean? The Spanish word "cayuco" describes a fishing canoe. It
is the Spanish version of the word "kayak". Cayucos at one
time was a hospitable beach area for Aleuts who hunted for
sea otter in bidarkas (kayaks). The Spanish version
describing a fishing boat has stayed with the town ever
since it was founded around 1875.