Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast

Cambria (the Roman name for Wales) got its start supporting the quicksilver mines at Los Burros in the mountains to the north. Next came the construction of Hearst Castle, followed by the continuing tourism boom. It is a quiet and pleasant place with a home-towny main street and wonderful coastal scenery.

The town is right in the middle of a Monterey pine forest, one of only three places these trees grow naturally (along with Año Nuevo and the Monterey Peninsula). Nature is well cared for here, the citizens have done an excellent job of fending off major development.


Near Pico Creek, north of Cambria

(January 9, 2006)


Leffingwell Landing with dense fog

(February 24, 2006)

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