Montaña de Oro State Park

Montaña de Oro State Park is one of those places that fools you into thinking you’re somewhere along the Pacific Northwest coast, when you’re really only about 4 hours away from Los Angeles.

When I’m wrapped up in the day to day hive of Los Angeles, escape can feel like an impossible task. But that ability to escape is a big reason I like living in Los Angeles – so that’s just part of life. But the second I get a little space between my car and the city behind me, the hive fades into a distant memory that’s not even worth trying to recall.

“You think you’re somewhere along the Pacific Northwest coast, when you’re really only about 4 hours away from Los Angeles.”

When you’re that close to the ocean, you’re almost guaranteed to wake up in a wet tent, and the nights get a little chilly, but nothing the fire won’t warm up. You’re a quick drive to Morrow Bay for some surfing, and only 40 minutes from Cambria for some of the best antique Navajo turquoise jewelry my friend Jade had ever come across. And don’t forget to pull over to spend some time staring at the hundreds of elephant seals that line the beaches on the way to Ragged Point.

About 15 minutes north of Cambria you’ll reach Ragged Point and if you’re lucky you’ll find a semi-private black sand beach with some fun rocks to scramble, more fun surf, and a fresh water pond that let’s out into the sea. It’s a pretty good place to bring your dog, try out your acrobatic skills, and catch a sunset.

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