SLO County Must-Hit Beaches This Summer



Pismo State Beach


This Classic California Beach is a tourism hot spot, known for its activities and attractions: hiking, swimming, surfing, surf fishing, horseback riding, and digging for the famous Pismo clam. There are tree-lined dunes and the park also has the largest over-wintering colony of MONARCH BUTTERFLIES in the U.S. Plus, you get to DRIVE onto the beach!


Pismo Beach




Avila State Beach


This may be the perfect place to have a relaxing day in the sun with quaint restaurants and shops just steps away. Walk down the steps to the Beach and you’ll instantly feel that warm, sandy, saltiness that we here on the Central Coast don’t take lightly.



Avila Beach



Morro Bay Strand State Beach


Morro Strand is ideal for surfing, surf fishing, and those romantic long walks on the beach. A prominent feature is the infamous MORRO ROCK, an ecological reserve and volcanic plug. This flat sandy beach stretches long with great views of the coastlands!


Morro Rock




Cayucos State Beach


Known for it’s pier fishing and cool historic buildings, this long sandy beach is great for family fun. With plenty of space to yourself and a great view of the Morro Bay Rock, you can build sand castles to your heart’s desire and play in the waves. Parking is just off the 101, is free and easily accessible from the beach.


Cayucos Beach




Moonstone State Beach



This beautiful setting will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto the California Coast hundreds of years ago. Named “Pines by the Sea,” Moonstone Beach is clean, natural, and other than the great coastal boardwalk, it seems to be untouched. Which in todays world – we know is something to be cherished.





W. R. Hearst Memorial State Beach

San Simeon


For something different, Hearst Memorial State Beach is a great catch. With it’s own Pier, adorable Coastal Discovery Center, a grassy barbeque and picnic area, and extremely little foot traffic, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t spent more time here before. Just down the road at San Simeon State Beach watch the elephant seals lounge, wallow, and toss sand to cool each other off.


Hearst Beach