Retire in Cambria, CA

Livability Score
48
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Cafe

Came here last week with my boyfriend while we were in Cambria and ordered food to go. I was a little overwhelmed with the menu and ordered the "old...

2. Boni's Tacos

The motto for the vacation home we were staying at in Cambria is "Eat More Tacos", so it wouldn't have felt right if we didn't get tacos while we were here!...

3. Lily's Coffee House

This is a very cute spot in Cambria. And to add to the appeal, it is next to The Garden Shed. Lily's Coffee House is tucked away on the wood plank patio...

4. Mojo's Village Bean

Motor oil ice cream. The best. Chocolate with fudge swirl and Kahlua flavoring. Even better, try it as an afogato - that's with a shot of espresso. Heaven....

5. Madeline's Restaurant & Wine Shop

This was our second visit to Cambria and the first to Madeline's and it was quite surprising to find a restaurant like this in a small town like Cambria. I...

Golf
1. Monarch Dunes Golf Course

This is a wonderful golf course unlike any other that I have seen or played. The first 18-hole championship "Old Course" is well known but it is the...

2. Cypress Ridge Golf Course

Played again here this week. Excellent shape. They did bring back some of pro shop which we did take advantage of. The staff here is spectacular.

3. Central Coast Golf Academy

I've been a member at Central Coast Golf Academy for 3 years and would say that the facilities are top notch. The three putting greens and bunkers are...

4. Morro Bay Golf Course

Friendly staff, challenging course, and $122 for 2 players for 18 and a cart in a midday Friday in June. The guys in the Pro Shop, as well as the Marshall,...

5. Pismo State Beach Golf Course

4 stars with a giant * No, it's not a four star golf course in the sense that it's a star removed from Pebble Beach. We're talking a modest 9 hole, Par 3...

Active
1. Kayak Outfitters

​ We had a tour of San Simeon Cove with Cubby and it was SUCH an amazing time. As a group of 6 (5 adults, and 1 8-year-old child), he was the perfect tour...

2. Fiscalini Ranch Trail

Such a beautiful trail! I was in Cambria camping and unfortunately our campground was plagued with ticks. My friend and I ventured off site to get some...

3. Elephant Seal Vista Point

This is a place full of funny creatures lying on the beach, sleeping ,snoring, making weird sounds, waking up each other by scooching and scooching. They...

4. Margarita Adventures

I just went zip lining here over the weekend and it was a fantastic experience! Gary our tour guide was extremely patient and caring with me especially...

5. OutBack Trail Rides

It was the best experience of our lives!!! Going on, my husband and I were both pretty nervous since this was our first time going for horseback riding,...

Arts
1. Moonstone Cellars

Cheap tasting fee, friendly guys, got to hear the back story of them making wine in a house back in the day (like moonshine.) Reds were all right, also...

2. Stolo Family Vineyards

Absolutely beautiful grounds. Good reds. Our server kept pimping the Chardonnay but I don't like Chardonnay. She told us, "if you prefer reds, try this...

3. Junk Girls

I love it here!!! This place is not only amazing, but Melissa and Jenny are some of the most talented artists we have come across. They are also so...

4. Twin Coyotes Winery

Random trip to the coast brought me into this little tasting room. It was very welcoming and the people were instant friends! Great wine and their wine...

5. Hearst Ranch Winery

A special place on so many levels: great wines that bring me back time and time again. Location steps away from a special harbor with pier where you can see...

Shopping
1. Grow

My favorite shop in Cambria. Whenever my husband and I are in town, we make sure to stop by to pick up a few plants to take back to our home in Seal Beach....

2. Ball & Skein & More

Loved this shop while I was on vacation. Great help but also great at letting me browse on my own. Very inviting and also good at giving this knitter her...

3. Cambria Nursery & Florist

One of the vendors at the tiny Cayucos Farmers Market last Friday recommended this nursery, so we made a special trip to check it out. So glad that we did!...

4. Junk Girls

I love it here!!! This place is not only amazing, but Melissa and Jenny are some of the most talented artists we have come across. They are also so...

5. Spellbound Herbs

Love coming to this little shop and especially enjoy walking in their enchanted garden. There's so much to see both in the little store and garden. The...

Health
1. VYANA

So I have never had a massage before. My coworker had told me about Joleen and I was always nervous to go. I'm blown away. She made it very comfortable, and...

2. Adi Marie Integrative Healing

Absolutely amazing massage and energy work. I have old injuries that I am still healing in my knee and back from a accident. After I was able to move much...

3. Cambria Wellness

My experience with Janine was magnificent! She is a master of her trade! I highly recommend her to anyone who wants an awesome massage by a wonderful soul!

4. SanDee Winn Massage

Another amazing massage from SanDee. I agree with all the other review here. I'm looking forward to visiting SanDee more regularly as time goes on. I've had...

5. Bodywork

Hannah is a wonderful massage therapist. I met her last year when I was struggling to regain my muscle flexibility after a car accident. She worked with me...

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