Pismo Beach / Shell Beach
These two beach cities are quintessential classic California beach towns. Full of local shops, a range of eateries, some of the most popular surf spots in the county as well as one huge Fourth of July party, it’s amazing what fun you can have on this stretch of coastline.
The small town of Avila Beach is tucked out of the way and is often referred to as the local’s beach. This is in no way a reflection of what it has to offer. With several beaches to choose from, boutique shopping, gourmet restaurants and a beautifully restored lighthouse, the only thing Avila lacks is the crowd.
Be sure to make the village of Arroyo Grande a destination. This charming downtown is filled with boutique shops, local restaurants, parks, and chickens that mosey around the streets.
The finest and most extensive coastal sand dunes in California provide an impressive playground for off-highway enthusiasts as well as surfers, surf anglers and campers. Oceano is also home to one of the most entertaining old-school melodramas in California.
This community on the southernmost edge of San Luis Obispo County offers all the fun of rural life with horseback riding through beautiful eucalyptus groves, hiking through peaceful dunes and one of the most popular barbeque joints in the area. On top of that, it is home to lush world-class golf courses.