Estimated 6,500
Sea level to 200 feet
Area of Town:
About 3 square miles.
Mild - no smog, clear blue skies, some seasonal fog, ocean breeze. 
50 – 70 degrees year-round
Normal  rainfall:
20" to 25" a year
Tourism, agriculture, light industry

How to get to Cambria

By Car:  Cambria is located 240 miles north of Los Angeles and 240 miles south of San Francisco on U.S. Highway 1. 

From the south, take Hwy 101 to San Luis Obispo (Morro Bay, Hearst Castle Exit sign) to Hwy 1. 

From the north, take Hwy 101 to Hwy 46 (Cambria Exit Sign) to Hwy 1.

By Air:  The San Luis Obispo County Airport is 35 miles south of Cambria.

By Train:  An Amtrak train station is also located in San Luis Obispo.  35 miles south of Cambria. Car rentals are available in San Luis Obispo - Call SLO Chamber of Commerce at 805-781-2777. County bus runs between San Luis Obispo and Cambria called RTA at 805-541-2228


Cambria is an unincorporated  community.  San Luis Obispo County provides Sheriff protection and departmental services, zoning, planning.  

County Information:

SLO Sheriff Dept. Business  800-834-3346
SLO County Government Center  1050 Monterey St., SLO 93408
SLO Animal Services  781-4400
SLO Business Licenses  781-5832
SLO County Courthouse  781-5000
SLO Planning Dept.  781-5600
SLO Tax Collector  781-5830
SLO County Tax Assessor  781-5643


The Cambrian ~ 2442 Main St.  Comes out once a week on Thursdays.  805-927-8652.

Home delivery of San Luis Obispo Tribune & Los Angeles Times. 805-781-7800


TV - Radio - Phone - Internet

Charter Communications provide cable TV, phone and Internet services (800) 640-6959 or 544-2688.  Local FM radio station, KT 103.5  phone: 805-924-0103


Mail Service

Cambria U.S. Post Office. Home delivery, but some die-hards still maintain post office boxes for daily trip to pick up the mail, see old friends and hear the news. Phone: 805-927-8610



All homes in Cambria are custom built with more than 50% being second homes. There are few condominiums and apartments practically non-existent. A limited number of homes are available for rent and building permits limited. There is no senior housing.


Cambria Grammar School, Santa Lucia Middle School, Coast Union High School, Leffingwell High School, Cuesta Community College, Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo.
Coast Unified School District 805-927-3880 


Hiking trails, bicycling, surfing, tide pools, beach-combing, rock hunting and fishing. Lawn bowling, tennis, picnic facilities, public swimming pool in summer, and a skate board park are all part of the year-round recreational opportunities in Cambria.

Parks & Campsites

San Simeon State Beach Park (1 mile north of Cambria) day & overnight use (No Hookups) phone 805-927-2035. For day use Shamel Park offers an out-door swimming pool (open in summer), picnic tables, barbecue areas, a wide expanse of lawn; and a great place for a cook-out and a romp on the beach phone 805-781-5930.  Leffingwell Landing State Picnic Grounds on Moonstone Beach Drive also has barbecue areas, picnic tables and tide pools to explore phone 805-927-2070. At William R. Hearst State Beach in San Simeon (just 6 miles north) you will find barbecue areas, picnic tables, a great swimming beach, and a pier.



Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Unitarian and more.

Arts & Culture

Numerous small groups engage in a spectrum of activities. Allied Arts Association, Little Theaters, Garden Clubs, Instrumental Music Ensembles, Writer’s Club & Adult Recreation Center - all supply Cambrians and its visitors with year-round events. The Cambria Art & Wine Festival at the end of January is the perfect time to enjoy much of what makes Cambria such an interesting and rich community.

Job Opportunities

Please subscribe to our local paper "The Cambrian" at 805-927-8652.  It comes out once a week on Thursdays and lists jobs available in the area. 

Public Library

Located at: 1043 Main St., Cambria 805-927-4336 : Hours - 10 - 5 Tuesday - Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday.


Family Practitioners, Optometrist, Psychologist, Chiropractors, Dentists, x-ray, Paramedic and Ambulance Services, Veterinarians, Home Health Services available.

Hospitals: Cambria is served by three facilities

Twin Cities Hospital – Templeton (25 miles inland)

Sierra Vista – San Luis Obispo (35 miles south)

French Hospital – San Luis Obispo (37 miles south)

Economic Profile

Available at the Chamber, please email us and provide your mailing address, a Relocation or Information Packet will be mailed to you. 


Electric : P G & E  800-743-5000

Natural Gas:  Southern Calif. Gas Co.  800-427-2200

Telephone:  AT & T and  SBC Pacific Bell 800-310-2355

Water, Sewer, Trash:  Cambria Community Service District (CCSD).  805-927-6223

Senior Services

Cambria Adult Resources Education & Support  927-4290

Cambria's Anonymous Neighbors  927-5673

Cambria Community Bus  927-4173

Cambria Community Counsel  927-1547

Joslyn Recreation Center   927-3364  950 Main St.

Meals on Wheels  927-1268