3 Amazing Beaches Around San Luis Obispo

Nothing eases stress more than an afternoon spent lounging on the beach. Fortunately, San Luis Obispo residents are only a short drive from some of the most beautiful coastlines in the country.

Here are a few to add to your summer to-do list:


Looking for the classic, slightly retro surfer beach? Head just 10-15 minutes south and experience all Pismo Beach has to offer. Enjoy the wide, sandy beaches, stroll along the newly reconstructed pier, and browse the kitschy yet charming shops along the boardwalk. Pismo is a great place for surfers of all levels. The slow pace and laid-back nature of the area creates the perfect low-stress opportunity for catching your first waves.


Just 10 miles from SLO, Avila Beach is a charming beach community. A unique microclimate here makes Avila one of the sunniest places on the Central Coast. While coastal fog can plague other local beaches, Avila is usually immune. The seaside boutiques and restaurants are adorably delightful. Chow down on the freshest seafood on the Central Coast, or grab a picnic lunch from Avila Grocery & Deli and head out for some whale watching or beach lounging.


If you're up for a short road trip, head due east to the breathtaking Montaña de Oro State Park. The thirty-minute drive is more than worth it. There are miles of hiking trails leading into the hills or down to the many secluded beaches. This natural, rugged coastline is truly remarkable. First-time visitors should stroll the easy Bluff Trail to get a taste of the beauty this state park has to offer. If you feel like getting away from the city and back to nature, this is the place to do it.  Each beach offers its own unique atmosphere, and they all deserve to be explored from your home base in San Luis Obispo. Luckily for our residents, beach access is just an easy drive away.

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