Craving sunshine, sparkling waters and unforgettable boating on the Central Coast? Then set sail for SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County)! With an array of exciting boat charters and tours, this captivating coastline beckons with endless possibilities for every kind of seafarer. Imagine reeling in a trophy fish on a deep-sea excursion, spotting otters on a kayak tour or soaking up the sunset on a luxurious sunset cruise. From thrilling whale watching to private boating excursions, discover dozens of ways to enjoy a day on the water. Before casting off into that wild blue yonder, here’s a handy boating SLO CAL guide every seasoned deckhand should know.

Luxury Charters

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Craving laidback luxury on the water? Step aboard one of SLO CAL's elegant chartered seafaring vessels and let the capable crew take the helm. Sip local wine as you gently sway across the open ocean or indulge in a decadent brunch or dinner cruise with Chablis Cruises, perfect for special occasions or romantic getaways. Toast the Coast offers another enticing option: sunset cruises and wine tasting tours aboard a luxurious yacht, providing a unique way to experience the coastal beauty of SLO CAL.

For couples seeking romance, few experiences top a colorful SLO CAL sunset viewed from the tranquil vantage point of your own private pontoon boat or sleek catamaran. And if you're considering an unforgettable event at sea, Onboard Nautical Events offers unique experiences aboard the Papagallo II yacht, perfect for ocean weddings, birthdays and parties.

📍 Chablis Cruises
1215 Embarcadero | Morro Bay
(805) 203-6575

📍 Toast the Coast
131 North Ocean Ave | Cayucos
(805) 704-2628

📍 Onboard Nautical Events
500 Atascadero Rd #1668 | Morro Bay
(805) 771-9916

Lake Activities

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Lopez LakeTrade the ocean's waves for the calm stillness of SLO CAL lakes. Imagine floating effortlessly across a quiet lake with only the serenade of songbirds breaking the silence. Lopez Lake Marina, Lake Nacimiento Resort or Santa Margarita Lake Marina Store all offer lake boating rentals and provide a great starting point for your next lake adventure.

Embrace a little thrill: rent a powerboat, jet ski or party barge from one of these marinas and kick-start a fun-filled afternoon on the water. Challenge your friends to a wakeboarding competition, let loose with a thrilling tube ride across pristine waters or simply soak up the peacefulness of a lazy lake cruise.

📍 Lopez Lake Marina
6820 Lopez Dr | Arroyo Grande
(805) 489-1006

📍Lake Nacimiento Resort
10625 Nacimiento Lake Dr | Paso Robles
(805) 237-4924

📍 Santa Margarita Lake Marina Store
4695 B Santa Margarita Lake Rd | Santa Margarita
(850) 788-2397

Whale Watching

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Visitors seeking an up-close whale encounter are sure to enjoy SLO CAL’s celebrated whale watching tours. Enjoy the spray of the ocean as you witness a majestic Humpback giant breaching just yards from your chartered vessel, its massive tail poised in a salty salute!

Morro Bay Whale Watching, Avila Beach Whale Watching and Virg's Landing offer guided whale watching boat tours promising an eyeful, especially during whale watching season.

Tip: Whale watching in SLO CAL is best from April-November for Humpback sightings and January-March for Gray Whale sightings. With expert naturalists on-hand to answer questions and provide helpful whale watching tips, finding your whale in SLO CAL is easier than ever.

📍 Morro Bay Whale Watching
699 Embarcadero #9 | Morro Bay
(805) 772-9463

📍 Avila Beach Whale Watching
3950 Avila Beach Dr | Avila Beach
(805) 540-4667

📍 Virg's Landing
1169 Market Ave | Morro Bay
(805) 772-1222

Fishing Charters

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mother with children fishing at Atascadero Lake ParkDoes reeling in the catch of the day get your heart racing? SLO CAL is an angler's paradise, offering countless opportunities to drop a line, whether fishing for rockfish, lingcod or perch. Embark on a deep-sea fishing charter with Patriot Sportfishing out of Avila Beach, where sunny days are plentiful and the water teems with life. Meanwhile, Central Coast Fishing Charters boasts seasoned captains who know the secret spots for a successful outing.

True ocean enthusiasts can combine their love of fishing with breathtaking marine life encounters on a Morro Bay Landing charter, offering both fishing and whale watching tours. Whether you seek a half day fishing adventure or a longer trip, SLO CAL is ready to help you reel in the big one. And if after a day on the water, you can't wait to taste local seafood, check out the abundance of restaurants in SLO CAL serving the freshest catch around!

📍 Patriot Sportfishing
Harford Pier | Avila Beach
(805) 595-7200

📍 Central Coast Fishing Charters
Embarcadero | Morro Bay
(805) 423-0593

📍 Morro Bay Landing
1215 Embarcadero, Suite A | Morro Bay
(805) 771-5500

Stop dreaming and set sail! SLO CAL's stunning coastline sets the stage for incredible days on the water under the banner of sun-dappled sailcloth. Maya Sailing Adventures can make this dream a reality with diverse sailing excursions along SLO CAL’s pristine waters.

Want to feel the wind in your hair, but never sailed before? Choose from private sailing charters for an intimate experience or join a group outing and make new friends while soaking up the maritime scenery.

Feeling adventurous? Central Coast Sailing offers sailing lessons and rentals, equipping anyone with the skills to captain their own journey—or simply providing the perfect vessel for a day of windswept bliss.

📍  Mayan Sailing Adventures
1213 Embarcadero | Morro Bay
(805) 459-4665

📍 Central Coast Sailing
3950 Avila Beach Dr | Avila Beach
(805) 540-4667

Themed Cruises

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Boat cruising at sunset in front of Morro RockExperience the magic of Morro Bay like never before with Lost Isle Adventures Tiki Boat. Hop aboard this festive palm thatch-roofed vessel and keep your eyes peeled for playful otters, seabirds and sea lions. Whether joining a public tour or chartering a private adventure, this is the perfect way to view stunning Morro Rock, tiki drink in hand. Yes, a full bar makes this colorful experience exceptional to the last drop!

Visitors can also enjoy the romance of Venice, Italy with Central Coast Gondola Service’s exclusive Venetian cruises. The sunset package offers a dreamy private gondola ride guided by a dedicated gondolier through tranquil waters, complete with cozy blankets, plastic cups and an ice bucket. For a more elevated gondola experience, ask about the luxurious, two-hour Elegant Dinner Cruise, featuring a three-course gourmet meal from Kicker's Seafood Restaurant, fine wine and breathtaking views to match.

📍 Lost Isle Adventures
845 Embarcadero, Suite D | Morro Bay
(805) 771-9337

📍 Central Coast Gondola
833 Embarcadero, Suite D | Morro Bay
(805) 363-4363

Find serenity with a variety of kayaking opportunities in SLO CAL. After all, SLO CAL's calm bays, hidden coves and estuary habitat are a paddler's paradise!

Glide across glassy waters by kayak or paddleboard with help from A Kayak Shack, Avila Beach Paddlesports, Central Coast Kayaks, Estero Adventures, Morro Bay Paddlesports or Rock Kayak Co. Keep your eyes peeled for playful otters and sunbathing seals as you travel through each breathtaking ecosystem.

With plenty of friendly rental shops offering gear, tours and expert guidance for all experience levels - newbies can hit the water with confidence too. Central Coast Outdoors even offers a magical full-moon kayak tour, where visitors can enjoy the ethereal, rippling glow of the water at sundown.

📍 A Kayak Shack
10 State Park Rd | Morro Bay
(805) 772-8796

📍 Avila Beach Paddlesports
3915 Avila Beach Dr | Avila Beach
(805) 704-6902

📍 Central Coast Kayaks
1879 Shell Beach Rd | Pismo Beach
(805) 773-3500

📍 Estero Adventures
501 Embarcadero | Morro Bay
(805) 550-3165

📍 Morro Bay Paddlesports
551 Embarcadero | Morro Bay
(805) 225-1497

📍 Rock Kayak Co.
845 Embarcadero | Morro Bay
(805) 772-2906

📍 Central Coast Outdoors
10 State Park Rd | Morro Bay
(805) 528-1080


Ready to go boating in SLO CAL?

SLO CAL's diverse boating on the Central Coast adventures cater to every desire, from heart-pounding thrills to serene escapes on the water. Enjoy the spray on your face as you witness a breaching whale, the excitement of reeling in a trophy fish or the pure bliss of a private chartered sunset cruise. Whether you explore coastal coves by power boat or find serenity on a lake kayak, it’s easy to enjoy the glide. The only challenge will be deciding which of SLO CALs wondrous waters to explore first!

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