Find Adventure & Experience Nature in Cambria

Cambria is full of adventurous activities and experiences just waiting to be discovered. If your ideal vacation includes cycling down the routes of the Central Coast, horseback riding through the Monterey Pines, or exploring the epic hills and valleys of our trails, follow this action-packed three-day itinerary created for the ultimate adventurer in your life.

Day 1:

Breakfast at Cambria Coffee Roasting Company

Every adventure must begin with fuel. Whether your fuel of choice is a hearty breakfast burrito, a zesty cup of tea, or an energizing shot of espresso, you can find anything you need to start your day at Cambria Coffee Roasting Company. Known for their specialty coffees and gourmet blends, Cambria Coffee Roasting Company is a must-stop shop during your visit to Cambria.

Hike the Salmon Creek Trail

The first destination of your Cambria adventure is Salmon Creek Trail. North of Ragged Point on Highway 1, this secluded trailhead offers views of the ocean and some pretty impressive waterfalls. As you hike further down the trail, there are steep hills, campgrounds, and lush natural surroundings that will make you feel like your worlds away from civilization. The best part: every time you come out of the canyon, you’ll have another astonishing view of the ocean from a new vantage point.

Lunch at Soto’s

After a morning hike, Soto’s True Earth Market is the perfect place to stop for a quick pick-me-up. This historic market has everything from deli meats and cheeses to natural trail mixes and local produce, plus a kitchen in the back that serves up delicious options. Create your own picnic lunch as you browse the shelves—and maybe pick up a bottle of local wine or beer while you’re there!

Afternoon Horseback Ride

Exploring Cambria by horseback is the one of the best ways to get the full Central Coast experience. Tour the grand coastline and the unique Monterey pines or encounter the majestic Clydesdales of all ages, sizes, and abilities with Covell’s Clydesdales.

Dinner at Robin’s

The adventure shouldn’t end at your activities! A favorite of both tourists and locals, Robin’s offers eclectic choices like Vietnamese spring rolls, portobello and spinach lasagna, and peach-glazed baby back pork ribs. Delight your taste buds with international fare using local ingredients in a stunning, historical setting.

Day 2:

Breakfast at Hidden Kitchen

With locations in Cambria and Cayucos, Hidden Kitchen is a Central Coast hotspot. Enjoy a variety of superfood smoothies, organic teas, and sweet or savory waffles to nourish your body for your second day of adventure.

San Simeon Point Trail

For a family and dog-friendly hike, venture down the San Simeon Point Trail. Beginning at Hearst Castle Beach State Park, you can walk along the beach for about a quarter-mile, eventually coming to a dirt trail. Ascend the hillside and head up along the bluff for a round-trip hike of about 2.5 miles.

Lunch at Boni’s Tacos

For a flavor-packed lunch, make a stop at Boni’s Tacos. Boni’s offers 100% authenticity; their dishes are made with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, deep in the heart of Mexico. Be sure to taste their signature potato tacos—but for a true adventure, order one of every flavor!

Bike through Cambria

Cambria is a bike-friendly community for both leisurely riders and experienced cyclers. Whether you want to tour the town by bike or feel a rush of adrenaline down one of our cycling routes, Cambria offers something for every rider, and the Coast is the perfect place to explore on two wheels.

Dinner at Wild Ginger

It wouldn’t be an adventure without stopping for a meal at Wild Ginger. Using locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients, Wild Ginger brings together the flavors of South East Asia and California, resulting in their one-of-a-kind “Cal-Asian” cuisine. The menu features bold, vibrant, and delicious meals complete with gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.

Day 3:

Breakfast at French Corner Bakery

Begin your final morning in Cambria with a mouth-watering creation at The French Corner Bakery. This bakery offers something for every mood and occasion—whether you want to prep for your day with a filling bagel or treat yourself to a delicious pastry.

Harmony Headlands

For diverse natural beauty and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, drive a short eight miles south of Cambria to Harmony Headlands State Park. Nestled between Harmony and Cayucos, Harmony Headlands is a secluded and peaceful three-mile out-and-back trail along Highway 1.

Lunch at Sandy’s Deli

Sandy’s Deli is one of Cambria’s go-to spots for a delicious sandwich, tasty burrito, garden-fresh salad, or homemade soup. With a friendly staff and casual environment, it’s the perfect stop for a quick bite after your hike.

Walk on Moonstone Beach Boardwalk

A walk on the Boardwalk is an ideal way to wind down after your exciting few days on the Central Coast. Listen to the sound of the waves crash while you stroll the one-mile-long path or take a seat and enjoy the view on the abundance of wooden benches along the way.

Dinner at Indigo Moon

Complete your Cambria adventure by indulging in modern American cuisine with a flair at Indigo Moon. The options of delicious meals to choose from are endless with local seafood, fresh salads, and imaginative dessert—Indigo Moon is exactly what you need to treat yourself after the ultimate adventure in Cambria.

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