By Land or by Sea — Kayaking in Cambria

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The Pacific Coast Highway along the Central California Coastline offers an awe-inspiring landscape of steep, rocky mountain cliffs set against a rugged wind-swept shoreline. With some of the most stunning scenery and unspoiled vistas, this breath-taking expanse is one that everyone should experience firsthand. For the outdoor enthusiast, there’s no better vantage point than from the seat of a kayak.

The picturesque town of Cambria, as part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, offers easy access to some of the most scenic kayaking venues in California. Known as the “Serengeti of the Sea,” the Sanctuary is one of the nation’s largest and most spectacular marine protected areas. It’s unique and diverse ecosystem is teeming with wildlife, providing one of the best places in the world to see seals, sea lions and sea otters almost any time of year. It’s not uncommon to see migrating whales or dolphins here to feed in the extremely rich waters. Kayaking in the Sanctuary is a great way to experience nature’s beauty and wildlife firsthand, and offers a unique perspective that few people are lucky enough to experience.

Sea For Yourself Kayak Outfitters (SFYKO) leads several guided kayaking tours through some of Cambria’s most scenic locations. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or a novice, there’s a trip for everyone. The Moonstone Drive tour is perfect for beginner and intermediate kayakers alike. Leaving in the morning, this two-hour eco-tour departs from Leffingwell Landing and explores Cambria’s famous Moonstone Beach. Intermediate kayakers might want to check out the Marine Terrace tour. Navigating through Cambria’s Marine Terrace and Otter Cove, this tour offers some of Cambria’s most stunning views and an abundance of marine and wildlife.

Sea Caves

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For the more adventurous at heart, check out the San Simeon Cove tour. Just 6 miles north of Cambria, the San Simeon Cove was once the private port of media mogul William Randolph Hearst and is considered a hidden jewel. Explore mysterious sea caves and take in the breath-taking natural harbor and abundant wildlife of the cove.

Seasonal kayak fishing tours are available for the avid fisherman. The vast kelp forest provides the perfect environment for a variety of rock fish, kelp bass and bottom fish. During the summer season, Halibut and Lingcod are abundant. Perfect for newcomers or seasoned anglers, kayak fishing provides the ultimate challenge for any fishing enthusiast.

Whatever your level, kayaking the Central Coast offers the adventure of a lifetime and a chance to observe this scenic wonderland from unparalleled angles. After spending the morning exploring some of the area’s most lush scenery and landscapes, the town of Cambria awaits you. From the eclectic array of shops and boutiques to the tasting rooms and fine art galleries, Cambria has something for everyone.  Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or prefer just soaking in the sun, relaxing on the beach, Cambria is a must-see destination.

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Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.