One of my favorite things in the world is exploring small, sleepy beach towns. I can’t help but be drawn to the undeniable charm and beauty that these cities possess. Most recently, I mapped out a day trip to Cambria, a seaside village nestled in a pocket of pine trees in Central California. Over the years, I have always wanted to stop and explore Cambria while passing through. It’s off the gorgeous Highway One in San Luis Obispo County and sits at the halfway point between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It’s a town of leisure — antique shops, cafes, and bed and breakfasts line the streets.
When we first arrived, my boyfriend and I stopped at JJ’s Pizza, a locally run pizza pub, and ate our lunches on the deck under the pines. We then aimlessly roamed the streets and ducked into antique shops to rummage through vintage record collections and turquoise jewelry. After picking out some old stemware and wall decor, we set out for Moonstone Beach, which received it’s name for the stones that wash ashore there.
We walked the mile and a half long wooden boardwalk atop the beach, stopping along the way to climb down to the sand. The February sun kept us warm as we strolled along the sea, picking up stones and throwing them back into the teal ocean. The cliffs were cloaked in golden flowers and green plants so rich, it looked as though thousands of paint cans had spilled down the hills. We made our way back to the car as the orange sun fell behind the blue horizon line. We buckled up and took off, vowing to come back here when we had more time. It was a grand afternoon.
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