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5 Ways to See the Central Coast

From Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach to Elephant Seals and Fiscalini Ranch, the Central Coast is full of opportunities to experience meaningful moments. Traveling from one destination to another is oftentimes an experience in itself. You can cycle the Central Coast’s stunning routes, ride Cambria’s trails on horseback, travel through the Central Coast’s rolling hills on a motorcycle, explore unique and eclectic shops and venues on foot, or cruise down Highway 1 via convertible. There are so many ways to explore the Central Coast—read below to start planning your next stay in Cambria.

1. Central Coast by Bicycle

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Cycling in California along the Central Coast is a breathtaking experience. Cambria is well-known for being a popular stop for cyclists and offers a variety of cycling-friendly amenities. Whether you’re an experienced road cyclist or a casual cruiser, there are many bike trails on the Central Coast for you to explore.

Cambria for the Casual, Beginner Cyclist

For the casual cruiser, you can pick up bike rentals at Cambria Electric Bike Company and VeloCambria. For guests staying at Cambria Beach Lodge, Fog’s End Bed & Breakfast, or White Water, bike rentals are complimentary for guests on a first-come, first serve basis. For those staying at El Colibri Hotel & Spa and Olallieberry Inn, bike rentals are available for an hourly fee. After you pick up your bike, head to places like Moonstone Beach Drive or Moonstone Beach Park, stopping at one of the many restaurants and shops in Cambria that supply bike racks nearby. Plan your Cambria visit by bike!

Riding the Central Coast for the Experienced Road Cyclist

For the experienced road cyclist, Cycle Central Coast is our favorite resource for cyclists in the area. You’ll find scenic routes, local events, and ways to plug into the local cycling community during your stay on the Central Coast. For a light ride, we recommend the Santa Rosa Creek Route. This route will allow you to discover a new part of Cambria without heading too far from the center of town. For a longer ride, we recommend the Avila Beach Route starting in Cambria. This century route is all about endurance, but features plenty of fun stops to keep things interesting.

2. Central Coast on Horseback

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If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, we recommend horseback riding on the Central Coast in California. Horseback riding is a fun way to exercise and spend time with family and friends. 

Covell’s Clydesdales is one of Cambria’s gems, offering trail rides and ranch tours Monday through Saturday. Ride majestic Clydesdales as you trek through vineyards and pinnacles of natural beauty. Explore the coastal trail rides and tours on their website.

3. Central Coast by Motorcycle

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Take in the aroma of wildflowers while listening to the crashing ocean waves competing with your engine as you travel down the Central Coast’s winding roads by motorcycle. Highway 1 is the ultimate motorcycle experience! 

Stop at any of the vista points to witness different views of the ocean and the sunset. Hop on your motorcycle, and take a day trip from Cambria to Avila Beach. This route is a perfect blend of natural beauty and classic beach town ambiance as you take a break in Morro Bay and check out the awe-inspiring Morro Rock before heading to a delicious lunch at the Ocean Grill in Avila. 

Want more? While heading back to Cambria, keep going north toward Big Sur to get a full taste of the coast. 

4. Central Coast on Foot

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Exploring on foot gives you the freedom to meander off your path into shops, restaurants, and hidden trails to the ocean. Experience all parts of Cambria’s small town on foot: downtown, Fiscalini Ranch, Moonstone Beach, and trails. Home to a number of endangered species, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve offers a wonderful display of nature’s diversity. The Ranch features eight trail entrances that introduce you to 437 acres of protected forest, riparian habitat, and grasslands. Enjoy strolling the one-mile boardwalk that winds along the splendid coast between Cambria’s north end to Leffingwell Landing and back. Stop along the way at one of the abundances of iconic wooden benches and spend a relaxing afternoon listening to the ocean’s melody.

5. Central Coast by Convertible

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Explore the Central Coast in style—in a convertible! The top-down ride allows you to take in the ocean breeze from the comfort of your car. Don’t have one of your own? Monterey Touring Vehicles allows you to rent classic and vintage cars to experience California’s Central Coast like never before. Once you have your ride, try this day-long adventure: 

  1. Head from Cambria to Montaña de Oro.
  2. Take a quick detour to Fiscalini Ranch and walk the trails.
  3. Stop for a hike in Harmony Headlands.
  4. Explore the beach and caves at Spooner’s Cove.
  5. On the way back, cap off the perfect day with a burger at House of Juju By The Bay in Morro Bay.
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