Beach Daze Itinerary: California's Natural Escape
San Luis Obispo County is located on the beautiful Central Coast of California. Vacationing anywhere in this County keeps you within twenty minutes of the ocean. However, this three day trip will keep you within eye sight and ear shot of the beautiful Pacific Ocean the whole time!
On the first day, arrive in the beautiful town of Cambria, named one of America’s prettiest towns by Forbes Magazine. This town is right on the water and had a quaint downtown that will keep you busy for hours. Walk along the water and take in the costal pine trees and the quiet seclusion that makes this town great. You can rent bikes and bike along the beach, or go horseback riding on the beach; whatever you do will be a blast! The downtown area of Cambria is filled with charming shops that are perfect for window shopping. There are some wine tasting spots in Cambria that set the tranquil beach atmosphere like Fermentations and Harmony Cellars. After you have fully explored Cambria have dinner at one of the many great restaurants in the town. Some options are Cambria Pub & Steakhouse, Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant, and Robin’s Restaurant.
Distance from Cambria to Cayucos: 16 miles (app. 25 min)
On day two, arrive in the small town of Cayucos. This town was founded by Captain James Cass; you can visit his house that was restored and turned into an Inn and restaurant. The history of the house and town date back to the mid 1800s and both are full of charm and character. Wander along the beach and out the pier that Captain Cass built when he was founding the town. When you are in Cayucos you can see the beautiful Morro Rock from a distance, now that you have explored the town, drive the short distance to Morro Bay.
Distance from Cayucos to Morro Bay: 6 miles (app. 8 min)
Morro Bay is the home of Morro Rock and a beautiful bay that allows for multiple different water activities. You can take a tour of the bay with Sub Sea Tours or Central Coast Outdoors by kayaking, or on a boat. There is so much to learn about the bay and the rock that it is very helpful to have a well-informed guide to educate you on the area. You can also rent kayaks, canoes, or bikes to explore the area on your own. Another way to explore Morro Bay is on Chablis Cruises where you have charter the bay on a yacht with a meal and live band. There are many great shops and art galleries in Morro Bay as well that are waiting to be discovered by you!
Distance from Morro Bay to Montana de Oro: 9 miles (app. 18 min)
Once you have explored Morro Bay you can head over to Montana de Oro, literally translated to Mountain of Gold, for some hiking, surfing, or just wandering. There are over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs with trails all over the park. There is everything from marine terrace bluffs, to rocky coastline and magnificent coastal mountains. It is one of the largest state parks in California and it has some of the most incredible views of the ocean with rock formations that are breathtaking. You can camp, bike, horseback ride, hike, swim, surf, and so much more in the park that there is something for everyone there.
After you have taken in the beauty of Montana de Oro, head back to Morro Bay for a well-deserved dinner. Some great dinner options are The Galley Seafood Grill & Bar and Windows on the Water. Most of these restaurants serve fresh caught seafood from the bay, which is to die for!
Distance from Morro Bay to Avila Beach: 23 miles (app. 30 min)
To end your beach vacation head to the south county and relax on the beaches. Start at Avila Beach, strolling by the beachfront strip of shops is the perfect way to start you day. Get some coffee and breakfast at either Avila Wine & Roasting Company or Joe Momma’s Coffee while you are exploring the town. There are some sand volleyball courts that you could get a game going with friends and other visitors or you can walk out to the pier where people fish and watch the ocean as it crashes onto the beautiful beach. After spending some time there head over to Pismo Beach (7 miles, app. 12 min) for even more beach fun! Pismo Beach is one of the first beach cities in California and there is such great diversity in the town that there is something for everyone. There is everything from a bowling alley to the pier to delicious restaurants.
From Pismo Beach, you can also visit Grover Beach and the Oceano Dunes. Grover Beach is a small beach town with a distinctive charm that will capture you heart at first visit. The beach just south of Grover Beach is the Oceano Dunes are a State Vehicular Recreation Park, one of the only Off Highway Vehicle friendly parks in the state. If you visit this state park you should rent or bring some kind of Off Highway Vehicle to explore the dunes with. As long as safety precautions are taken, this is an amazingly fun sport that you can do just feet away from the ocean. If you are not feeling adventurous, you can also stroll along the mile long pathway out to Oso Flaco Lake. This lake is a part of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Park and is a calming walk in a peaceful, slightly secretive path that you won’t want to miss! Once you have explored all of these beaches, have a late lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area. A few suggestions are; Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana, Cracked Crab, Comfort Market, Lido at Dolphin Bay and Splash Café. Once you are full and satisfied, head home from you amazing vacation on the beach. On the drive back start planning your next trip to San Luis Obispo County.
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