Towering Monterey pines frame the dynamic coastline along its unique Moonstone Beach Drive lined with oceanside hotels, where semi-precious agate and jasper stones can be found along in the sand.
South of Cambria is the block-long town of Harmony, California (population 18), Unfortunately, there are only two businesses still open - Harmony Cellars Wine Tasting Room, and a small pottery store.
- Farmers Market - every Friday afternoon
- Cambria Art & Wine Festival - January
- Western Dance Jamboree - February
- Chile Cookoff and Classic Car Show - April
- Country Coast Classic Bike Ride - June
- Picnic in the Park & Fireworks - 4th of July
- Pinedorado Days - Labor Day weekend
- Holidays in the Pines - month of December
Upcoming Cambria Events & Activities
Cambria, California is an unusual beach town because the East and West Villages are not on the beach at all, but run through a narrow valley inland along Main Street. Yet the village continues to the sea along Moonstone Beach, where fine Cambria California hotels cluster.
In the older East Village, you will find Victorian houses dating from the 1870's. In the newer West Village of Cambria, the street passes below newer houses built on the steep slope of the hillside. On both sides of Main, in both Villages, you will find shop after shop featuring fine arts, good food, unique gifts, and services with a smile. While in the West Village be sure to visit Cambria's unique, intimate Jewel Box of Community Theatres, Pewter Plough Playhouse, presenting entertaining live stage plays and other events year-round since 1976, now celebrating our 36th season! The cozy Cafe Lounge, just off the lobby, offers wines and other refreshments.
Cambria's Moonstone Beach is a magnetic seascape just across the California Highway 1 from the commercial heart of town. Walk the beach and watch for the jasper or perhaps a moonstone agate. This beach shelters harbor sea lions, seals and otters among its rocky coves, and is easily accessible to visitors by way of a boardwalk that runs from Leffingwell Creek and park on the north end of the beach almost to the southern cove that cuts in to the highway.
Cambria is also just 5 minutes south of the gateway to Hearst Castle and The Enchanted Hill on the California Highway 1. A little further up the road is a colony of elephant seals, one of nature's most amazing and magnificent creatures. Keep going a little further and you're at Piedras Blancas lighthouse or at the southern entrance of Big Sur. These aren't long drives - they are easily within a morning's outing from Cambria.
If you prefer outdoor activities, visit the San Simeon State Park or hike or bike any of a wealth of roads and trails in the county.
Cambria California Chamber of Commerce
More about Cambria, California
Population (2003): 6,521
65+ (2000): 26.6%
First settled in the 1860's.