Cambria, California

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Cambria is a seaside village located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on the California State Route 1 (Highway 1). The name Cambria was settled upon in 1869 (previously the town had gone by the names of Slabtown, Rosaville, San Simeon and Santa Rosa).

It is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. The population was 6,232 at the 2000 census.



Cambria is located at 35°33′15″N 121°05′15″W / 35.554030°N 121.087394°W / 35.554030; -121.087394.[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22.2 km²), all of it land.


Earliest human settlement of this area is associated with prehistoric habitation by the Native American Chumash peoples, who exploited marine resources along the coastal area, with emphasis upon sites that were streamside in nature.[2]

Cambria is located on the Rancho Santa Rosa Mexican land grant given in 1841 Julian Estrada.


The primary economic activity of Cambria is tourism. Located on the Pacific Ocean the area has dramatic rocky cliffs and beaches. There are many hotels and bed & breakfasts, especially along Moonstone Beach Drive.

Cambria is home to the Cambria Historical Museum in the historic East Village and California State Historical Landmark No 939: Nitt Witt Ridge.

Hearst Castle is located approximately six miles north whilst the Northern Elephant Seal rookery at Piedras Blancas is fifteen miles north.

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