There is no stretch of coastline in the state that offers the breadth of opportunities than the North Coast of San Luis Obispo County. Highway 1 lays a track through some of the most stunning landscape in the state as it takes you past enormous elephant seals, zebras at Hearst Castle, art galleries in Cambria, wine tasting in Harmony, classic California in Cayucos, fresh seafood in Morro Bay and some stellar coastal mountain biking in Montana de Oro.
Morro Bay, features a fisherman’s wharf and an amazing fresh fish market. Visit the Embarcadero for dining, antiques and gift shops, kayak rentals and deep-sea fishing tours. And don’t forget to get a look at the towering Morro Rock.
Nearby, Los Osos offers the Elfin Forest, a 90-acre natural area for hiking, and Montaña de Oro State Park, with camping, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, beaches, tide pools, beautiful vistas and equestrian trails.
Head north for a vintage 1950s-era surf town and pier in Cayucos, and Harmony, a tiny settlement boasting a pottery shop, glassworks studio and winery — and, as of the most recent census, a booming population of 18.
The village of Cambria is bursting with artist studios, antiques, crafts and winery tasting rooms. Round that off with Moonstone Beach and you have a dynamite day trip.
On the northern point of the county, you’ll find San Simeon, with Hearst Castle, elephant seals, ragged ocean cliffs and, a little further north, the Piedras Blancas Light Station and Ragged Point at the gateway to Big Sur.
All that’s left to do is decide what type of vacation you are looking for and start planning.