By Gabby Mahmood

The ability to relax on a sandy beach one day, adventure up a mountain the next and rediscover small town charm during your “downtime,” all while wrapped in the comfort of 77-degree daytime highs and short travel times, makes summertime in San Luis Obispo pretty hard to beat.

Can one be bias if it’s true? Nevertheless, we put together a couple of lists (this being the first) of must-see attractions, family friendly activities, outdoor adventures and a couple of ideas to help you treat yourself during your summer in SLO. We’ll release one a week for the next four weeks.

Montaña de Oro

Montana de Oro Hikers 680A “SLOcal” favorite and must-see location for any visitor, Montaña de Oro has something to offer for every type of outdoor enthusiast. Choose between hiking the breathtaking trails, biking along the cliffs, or wandering along the ocean’s tide pools. If you’re looking for a longer escape, and a chance to put your wilderness skills to the test, think about camping for a few nights at one of the many campsites throughout the area.


Take a drive to the laidback, quirky beach town of Cayucos for a day of relaxation and sunshine. Sprawl out and unwind on the white sand of the local beaches, or try your luck fishing on the Cayucos pier, free for public use. If you’re curious to explore, check out the small seaside stores and restaurants, all designed to uniquely encompass an old Western feel.

Morro Bay

CP Adaptive Paddling LiftPerfect for the land-lover and adventure-seeker alike, Morro Bay offers a variety of activities for the whole family. You can kayak or paddleboard in the bay, making friends with the local wildlife, peruse the many restaurants and shopping boutiques by the water (can you smell the seafood at Dutchman’s?), or hang out across the bay next to the iconic Morro Rock, taking it all in from afar. Ah, blissful.

Gabby Mahmood is a business administration student at Cal Poly and former SLO Chamber communications intern who went above and beyond while researching for the Summer in SLO blog post series.