Cambria, California is one of those delightful communities in which you can drive by in almost the blink of an eye. You must watch out for it and cruise off an exit to find its flavor. There is a beach side and an inland side so don't think you've seen it all by stopping on one side only.
We saw many deer wandering safely in the wooded neighborhoods. Val and Gil, family/friends, are volunteer guides for the nearby elephant seals. Whales can be seen migrating off the coast. Acorn woodpeckers are everywhere. Tide pools are teeming with sea life.
North up Pacific Coast Highway 1 you can see Hearst's Castle and its wandering zebra then continue on to Esalen and Big Sur. South will lead you to Morro Rock and San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles.