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Downtown Cambria near Cambria Palms Motel

Fun things to do in Cambria

     Cambria has everything a traveler could want in a coastal destination and much more. A visitor is immediately impressed with the care that the town of Cambria has taken to preserve its historic architecture, and the imaginative and unique presentation of virtually every local establishment. The town is divided into three business sections. Moonstone Drive and Moonstone Beach form one section of Cambria, following the coast parallel to Highway 1. Moonstone Beach is a great exploring and collecting beach, full of driftwood and agates for which the beach is named. A boardwalk follows the beach, naturally landscaped with flowers, sage, oxalis and rock rose. Stands of Monterey cypress form a natural canopy overhead. And the nearby shore is populated with colonies of elephant seals and sea lions basking or playing in the waves. The East and West Villages are home to businesses of every description: galleries showing unusual wares from local craftsmen and artists, restaurants for fine dining or a simple bite to eat, bed and breakfasts, boutiques and bookstores. The area’s main attraction is Hearst Castle, a State Historical Monument. The castle, with its pools and magnificent collection of art from the world over is an experience not to be missed. From the visitor’s center, guests travel the five miles inland up to the mansion. Reservations are recommended for any of the four tours offered. Cambria is midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the coastal highway.