Central Coast California
California Beach Town in San Luis Obispo County off the CA-1
Cambria is a beautiful beach town located in the northern part of San Luis Obispo (SLO) County. Their famous beach, Moonstone Beach, is a quieter beach compared to other SLO beaches like Pismo Beach, Oceano, Grover Beach, Avila Beach and Morro Bay.
More famously, Cambria Christmas Market in the winter attracts many to visit Cambria. Here is a video reel of my visit at Cambria Christmas Market on Dec 4, 2022 below.
Cambria Christmas Markets opens between Thanksgiving weekend through Dec 23rd. It is a ticketed event. However, if you decide to do a lodge stay at the Cambria Pines Lodge within that timeframe, it would also include the lights too. The Cambria Christmas Market is located on the Cambria Pines Lodge property.
The photos above are my original pictures that I took of Moonstone Beach in Cambria. They were shared by Highway 1 Discovery Route's instagram and credited me @sanluisobispomom. On this post link above, they included my photos and received over 900 likes! Thanks Highway 1 Discovery Route for sharing my photos and thank you guys for all the likes! You can visit my instagram to see more recent beach pictures and reels that I took in San Luis Obispo County.
Moonstone Beach in Cambria
The most popular thing to do in Cambria is walk along the Moonstone Beach and take in the views.
There is not a lot of shops that are conveniently right there at Moonstone Beach like you would see at Pismo Beach so I recommend getting coffee to-go somewhere before getting in the car to head to Moonstone Beach so you can bring along a cup of joe and enjoy the peaceful ocean waves. Here's instagram reel from my visit to Cambria's San Simeon State Parkand Moonstone Beach. Or if you prefer, pack a picnic to bring along. There are benches you can sit on.
Depending on the weather, it can get windy. Bring a windbreaker jacket!
Cambria Pines Lodge
Besides enjoying the ocean and quieter beach town, many come to Cambria to stay at the Cambria Pines Lodge and enjoy walk a through special Christmas Lights around the holidays or dine at their restaurant for special occasions or brunches. They also have a large nursery and a gift shop named Yellow House Gift & Antique Shop that are located further down the road from the Cambria Pines Lodge main property area that they own and run. They are all worth checking out and are open year-round. Here is an instagram reel from my visit at Cambria Pines Lodge's Yellow House Gift & Antique Shop.
You can buy Christmas ornaments year-round from this gift shop. The nursery is a great place to walk through and buy plants for your garden.