Our Story

Welcome to On the Beach Bed & Breakfast! As our name implies, On the Beach is located on the beach at the foot of the Cayucos pier, in Cayucos, CA. Thank you for considering us for your vacation or corporate retreat.

We are proud to be a locally-owned small business. We do our best to make guests feel at home with a fresh, gourmet breakfast every morning and an evening social hour featuring locally-made wines. Everyone involved in On the Beach loves California’s central coast. We want to make sure your visit to our home is as enjoyable as it can be. We are experts on what to do and are happy to make suggestions or arrangements, please ask!

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About the Owners


Richard Shannon, The Patrick Family, and Jeanne Helphenstine are co-owners of On the Beach.


Richard moved to the area in 1976 with his family to attend school. He is an active residential and commercial real estate broker. Richard is the hands on general manager of On the Beach. Richard and his wife Debbie recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at On the Beach. You are likely to find Richard and Debbie surrounded by family and friends at On the Beach. If the break is good, you can often spot Richard surfing just south of the pier.


Mike Patrick was born and raised in nearby San Luis Obispo. He started his career in San Diego, moved to Phoenix and back to San Luis Obispo in 1990 when his daughters, now all co-owners, were one, four, and seven. He and his wife of 37 years, DD, love Cayucos. One of their favorite spots is upstairs at Schooners, just a short walk from On the Beach. Mike is a co-owner of a commercial mortgage banking firm. The Patrick Family is active in the local community.


Jeanne Helphenstine is a San Luis Obispo native as well. Her family ties to the area go back more than 100 years! Jeanne grew up on a ranch, and has been involved with agriculture for years. She and Mike have been friends since high school. Today, Jeanne is a realtor, focused on residential and agricultural properties. She is an avid hiker, adventurer, and supporter of the local community. Jeanne enjoys hiking along the beach south of the pier toward Morro Rock. Two other favorites just north of Cayucos are the Coastal Bluffs trail and the Harmony Headlands trail.


We look forward to welcoming you to On the Beach Bed & Breakfast on your next trip to Cayucos and California’s amazing central coast.

See you soon,


Richard, Jeanne, and Mike

From the Guest Book

"What an amazing place we “stumbled across.” Such a shame we have to move on, would love to stay longer. Thank you for an amazing night." - Sean and Nicole Australia

"Loved our time here." -Tom & Denise E

What a wonderful place. Love the location, food, room and staff. This is my second time here and won’t be my last. Thank you!" - Jake

Wonderful staff, room superb, clean and food divine! Best kept secret in California. We will be back!" - Ann & Chris (honeymooners)

Local Activities

  • Relax at the Beach
  • Go Surfing
  • Look for Seaglass
  • Wine Tasting
  • Hike Harmony Headland Trail
  • Estero Bluff Walk
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