San Luis Obispo County Beaches

San Luis Obispo County is blessed with 100 miles of sun-kissed coastline - from the dramatic northern coast - Ragged Point, San Simeon and Cambria - to the southern white sands of Morro Bay, Cayucos, Oceano, Grover Beach, and Pismo Beach. With 10 pristine beaches, California’s Central Coast is a paradise for swimming, surfing, kayaking, fishing, sunset watching, beach combing, and soaking up the Cali rays.
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Pismo Beach.

"Clam Capital of the World," Pismo Beach exudes the spirit of California with 23 miles of jagged coastline, sandy beaches, and a 1,200 foot fishing and sightseeing pier. The 12-mile white, sand beach is a peaceful scene for surfing, swimming, fishing, hiking, clam digging, beach combing, sun bathing, kite flying, and building sand castles below towering cliffs. Explore pebbled coves and tide pools beneath rocky bluffs, kayak on Pacific waves, horseback along the surf, and see thousands of Monarch butterflies in the eucalyptus grove at Pismo Beach State Park. Pismo Beach also offers an energetic downtown with surf shops and restaurants, and annual festivals like the Clam Festival, Mardi Gras Jazz Festival, and Independence Day Fireworks.

Avila Beach.

Nestled in the southern part of the San Luis Obispo County, Avila Beach is a sun-soaked vacation destination with miles of beautiful beaches, three piers and a golf course surrounded by sloping hills. Avila Beach is a stunning coastal spot for outdoor recreation, including sunbathing, fishing, boating, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, biking, hiking, golfing, wine tasting, and shopping. Enjoy deep sea fishing, whale watching, pier strolling, and sightseeing. Enjoy natural mineral spring baths in redwood tubs in the tree-covered hillside. Enjoy leisurely strolls out over the water, and feast on fresh seafood at restaurants on the pier. Avila is also a lively fishing harbor with fish markets and fishing charters.  [Top]
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Grover Beach.

Grover Beach offers fun coastal activities, including fishing, dune hiking, clamming, golfing, horseback riding, wine tasting and four-wheeling. At Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area you can ride all-terrain vehicles, go four-wheeling on the endless dunes and drive on miles of Pacific coastline. Avila Beach also offers several festivals, including the annual Stone Soup Ethnic Music Faire at Ramona Garden Park, which features craft and food vendors, live music and the Dune Run Run.


“Where the pines meet the sea,” the charming beach town of Cambria boasts a pristine beach with the steep-sided valley, vibrant art galleries, delightful restaurants, Victorian houses, specialty shops, and beautiful ocean views. Framed by soaring Monterey pines, Moonstone Beach is a magnetic seascape where jasper and moonstone agate stones color the golden sand. Stroll over the boardwalk to the peaceful beach that shelters harbor sea lions, seals and otters in its rocky coves. Just south of Cambria, the block-long town of Harmony is home of the Harmony Cellars Wine Tasting Room and a small pottery shop.   [Top]
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San Simeon and Ragged Point Beaches.

The dramatic San Simeon coastline in northern San Luis Obispo County is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Home of the opulent Hearst Castle, the stunning ocean setting offers an array of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and sightseeing. Stroll down the 1,000 foot San Simeon Pier, a popular sport fishing spot, to a beautiful white crescent beach sweeping around to San Simeon Point. Enjoy picnics and sun bathing at William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach or explore the hiking and biking trails at San Simeon State Park. Towering above the crashing Pacific waves, Ragged Point is a spectacular overlook near Big Sur with stunning ocean vistas. Watch the two-ton elephant seals, sea lions and sea otters as they migrate along the shoreline during the winter months.

Cayucos Beach.

A sanctuary for surfers and fishing enthusiasts, the California beach town of Cayucos offers a long, white sandy beach and the historic Cayucos pier. The idyllic beach is the perfect spot for surfing, sea kayaking, boogie boarding, swimming and fishing. Swim in the blue waves, explore the tidepools, chill out on the tranquil beach, or fish off the pier. Along historic Main Street, you’ll discover restaurant, taverns, antique shops, and several antique and collectable street fairs. Cayucos is a peaceful place to slow down, relax, and enjoy the Central Coast beach life.

Los Osos.

One of the California Central Coast’s most enchanted places, Los Osos is a peaceful coastal village where nature prevails. From rugged sea coast on a peninsula to lush mountain hillsides, nature inspires mountain bikers and hikers. Nestled between Morro Bay and the hills, the "Valley of the Bears" is the gateway to the breathtaking 8,000 acre Montana de Oro State Park, a destination of dramatic natural beauty with a magical beach on the Pacific Ocean, fields of wild flowers, 50 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, and shore-fishing and scuba diving spots. Play a round of golf by the Bay or explore wonderful ecological niches. Los Osos is also home to pristine wilderness preserves such as the magical Elfin Forest, Audubon Overlook, Los Osos Oak Preserve, and Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.  [Top]
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Best Western Somerset Inn - San Luis Obispo, California (CA)
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1895 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401
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