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A passionate art collector, Hearst’s love of antiquity was influenced by childhood travels with his educator mother, Phoebe Hearst. The 90,000-square-foot home and gardens set a tone for arts appreciation in San Simeon in a way that’s unique along Highway 1. As during Hearst’s lifetime, the presence of the ocean influences San Simeon culture profoundly. Here, you’ll find the picturesque William Randolph Hearst Memorial State Beach — once Hearst’s own private beach — where coastal conservation is a major focus. Adjacent to the beach, the Coastal Discovery Center is a collaborative museum operated by California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Learn about the area through a mural painted on the center’s exterior wall that details its natural history and cultural heritage. And don’t miss the opportunity to walk back in time with a visit to the one-room Pacific Schoolhouse. San Simeon is a remarkably well-preserved place that invites its guests to indulge their curiosity and explore.

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Art of San Simeon Tour

Called “a museum like no other,” Hearst Castle was specifically designed to showcase 25,000 of Hearst’s antiquities. (Even then, this represents just a fraction of Hearst’s total collection.) It’s also the only art museum operated by California State Parks and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Artifacts of all styles, sizes, and origin populate the house, providing an unparalleled opportunity for art-lovers. The two-hour “Art of San Simeon” tour at Hearst Castle highlights Hearst’s collection, as well as how he came to acquire his pieces. It also features rooms otherwise unavailable through standard daytime tours. Famous works in the tour include paintings, like The Annunciation by Spanish artist Bartolomé Pérez de la Dehesa from the mid-1600s. Tapestries are also featured, like The Continence of Scipio from the early 1500s by Italian artist Giulio Romano. A sculptural masterpiece, the Venus Italica by Antonio Canova, was actually seized in Florence, Italy, and possessed by Napoleon Bonaparte’s family in 1802. The “Orchid Vase,” made in 1889 by Tiffany & Co. and purchased by Phoebe Hearst, is another featured work on the tour. Famously, the most ancient piece at the estate is a statue of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, which dates back to the 19th Dynasty (1292-1189 BCE). The Art of San Simeon Tour is a semi-private tour, limited to just eight guests, and is available October through May each year.
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The breathtaking artwork inside of Hearst Castle photo courtesy of @mariapalbie

Local Heritage and Culture

A visit to the Pacific Schoolhouse is another terrific way to experience the heritage and culture of San Simeon. This quaint one-room building, painted white and red, served as San Simeon’s sole schoolhouse from 1881 to 1950. In fact, William Randolph Hearst was a student there, himself. The school became a necessity as his father, George Hearst, purchased neighboring ranchos and hired people to work on them. Working families enrolled their children, and the school served several generations of San Simeon children. Today, it stands in the field across from Sebastian’s General Store, and is an extremely popular spot for photographers to capture. Its simple frame and rural surroundings hearken back to a time of great growth and change in San Simeon. Come experience the place for yourself, and note the contrast between Hearst Castle on the hill, and the schoolhouse below, on the coast. You’re sure to find the comparison striking.
San Simeon Pacific Schoolhouse
The historic Pacific Schoolhouse with Hearst Castle in the distance

Coastal Discovery Center

This little jewel of coastal conservation features an exterior mural painted by artist and marine biologist Cleo Vilett. As a scientist, Vilett brings a unique perspective to this artistic rendering of life where the land and sea meet. Her work appears all along the California coastline and across the west, most notably murals, illustrations and sculptures for natural science institutions. The Coastal Discovery Center reflects the beauty of San Simeon Cove — whose point is visible just beyond the building — and what lies beneath the waves. Otters, pelicans, a manta ray, eucalyptus trees and dancing kelp fill the space in a painterly reflection of this abundant cove. Once you’ve enjoyed the mural, head inside to experience exhibits and education programs that highlight San Simeon’s land-sea connection. Interpretive displays cover the history of San Simeon Bay, including the Delta Sub and shipwrecks along this famously dangerous stretch of coastline. Other exhibits detail the lives of some of San Simeon’s most famous inhabitants, like sea birds, elephant seals, sea otters, rainbow trout and tidepool-dwellers. You can even look at live, local plankton under a microscope for an up-close and personal experience in this vibrant natural playground.
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The marine life mural on the Coastal Discovery Center

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Cayucos Mural Tour

In 1992, a group of artists launched the Cayucos Mural Society as a way to celebrate the culture of this sunny seaside town. A series of murals followed, painted throughout downtown Cayucos on buildings owned by businesses, private citizens, and even a school. The paintings cover a range of Cayucos-centered subject matter, like history and the environment, and they showcase the local visual arts community. The first eight murals lie between B Street, on the northernmost side of downtown, to 24th Street. They include four painted on walls at Cayucos Elementary School, painted by students from kindergarten through 8th grade in 2001. The remaining murals along this section of the trail were painted in the 1980s and ‘90s. The newest installation to the Cayucos Mural Tour lies at the Skate Park by the Cayucos Pier. The colorful mural, titled “Let’s Turn This Tide,” is tucked back over the Veterans Hall parking lot. Made with groupings of plastic container lids, as well as paint, the mural depicts an underwater scene and sends an important message. Artist Ingrid Goels created the mural to highlight the impact of single-use plastics on our oceans. This painting and collage debuted in 2019.
Cayucos Mural
A colorful mural in downtown Cayucos

Sea Glass Festival

Every year, sea glass enthusiasts, hunters, artists, and collectors descend on Cayucos for the Sea Glass Festival. The event takes place on a weekend in March and includes several different happenings on site. Here, you’ll find craftspeople and jewelers who put their found sea glass to use in works of art. These include earrings, bracelets and necklaces, as well as sculptures, lamps, mirror frames, and more. Vendors also lead live demonstrations on how to use sea glass in jewelry-making as well as other artforms. And while you might come for the sea glass, you’ll definitely stay for the fun. Daytime festivities offer food for purchase as well as live toe-tapping music. On Saturday evening, dress up in your favorite sea-inspired costume for the Mermaid Ball. This beloved annual 21+ event includes a live DJ, food and drink for purchase, and a chowder cook-off. (Who knows? You might even win a prize for the Best Dressed Mermaid or Best Mermaid-MerMan Couple.) Also keep an eye out for handcrafted mermaids throughout Cayucos. Many storefronts boast beautiful, creative,  and often comic mermaids that provide great photo opportunities throughout the month of March.
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The Sea Glass Festival

Christie La Russell Art

This local artists’ work focuses on the culture of California, from its beaches and hillsides to its towns and big cities. Much of it, in fact, highlights life along Highway 1, particularly in Cayucos and Los Osos-Baywood Park. Christie La Russell’s paintings have appeared in galleries and exhibitions across the west. She commonly works with acrylic paint to depict cool, beachy scenes with bold colors and simple lines. The effect is playful and free, evoking a sense of childlike fun. In her series “Bluff Trails” La Russell paints the grassy plain of Estero Bluffs State Park, just north of Cayucos. In the series “California Beach Town,” she captures the everyday life of Cayucos, with its small businesses, seaside cottages, and quirky streets. And in the series “California Road Trip,” La Russell paints vignettes of special spots along Highway 1, like beach hotels and shell shacks. She opens her Cayucos studio by appointment.

Cayucos Community Art Gallery

This community arts space is operated by the Cayucos Art Association, a community-based volunteer organization. Open from 1pm to 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday, it is a non-profit venture that features the work of local artists. These include a variety of art forms that reflect the diversity of talent in the Cayucos area. In the Cayucos Community Art Gallery, you’ll find pen-and-ink drawings; pencil sketches; paintings in watercolor; oil and acrylic; photographs; ceramics; sculptures and more. The pieces highlight many types of subject matter, but the wildlife, flora and fauna of the California coastline are a common theme. Check out the children’s wall for a glimpse of local life through the eyes of a child. The Cayucos Community Art Gallery can be found at the entrance to the Cayucos Pier, adjacent to the Cayucos Veterans Hall. Look for the colorful stained glass awning and artists’ palette by the ramp, leading to the doorway. Admission is free.
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A vibrant art piece showcases the charm of Cayucos

Cayucos Collective

This art gallery and custom tee shirt shop sits on North Ocean Avenue in downtown Cayucos. A clutch of local artists in the surf and skate lifestyle started a blog and online art gallery in 2014. It eventually became the Cayucos Collective, a place where artists of all sorts craft work that celebrates surf and skate culture. Here, discover sculptures and jewelry, drawings and illustrations — all made locally. Apparel also represents a large part of what the Cayucos Collective offers. Find one-of-a-kind pre-designed tees, hats, hoodies and more, or you can even design your own. Using a superior DTG printing press and 100% cotton, ocean-safe clothing, the collective offers visitors the chance to make their own wearable art. Choose from a selection of images crafted by artists at the gallery, or bring your own, whether that’s illustration or photos. Once you’ve picked your imagery and your garment, the Collective’s artists will make it to order. Once it’s done, the tee shirt wizards will roll it up and pack it in a signature takeout container for you.
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The Cayucos Collective

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Art on the Beach

During the summer, the Avila Beach Promenade transforms into an open air art gallery every Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Here, you can walk the length of the boardwalk and enjoy the work of dozens of artists between June and October each year. Media include drawings and sketches, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and collage. Wander the art market and you’ll likely see artists actively working on their next masterpiece. Watch them work and chat about their expertise and inspiration. This is a highly interactive event, all with the stunning Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo Bay as a backdrop. Admission is free, and nearly every piece is available for purchase, from impressive large-format paintings to small masterworks and souvenirs. Buying art at Art on the Beach is a sure-fire way to bring seaside memories home with you. It also directly supports the local artists, Avila Beach culture, and artistic community here in a unique and personal way.
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Viewing some works of art on the Avila Beach Promenade

Lifeguard Tower Murals

In 2016, the Avila Beach Community Foundation commissioned murals for two lifeguard towers from local artist, Colleen Gnos. The focus? Honoring the past, present, and future of Avila Beach. Each of the two lifeguard towers features four distinct murals, one for each side. Gnos’s family has roots in Avila Beach dating back to the 1930s — a history she drew from while painting the eight total panels. She specifically chose to highlight the salty, funky past of this beach town, whose character has changed significantly over the years. An oil spill discovered off the coast in 1988 led to a cleanup process in Avila Beach that took years to complete. With the opportunity to recreate the area’s vibe, authorities gave Avila Beach an upscale character, and its quirkiness all but disappeared. Using historical photos and her own fond memories of Avila Beach, Gnos painted scenes that harken back to the town’s roots. Images also feature a bright future that prioritizes the health and beauty of Avila Beach’s natural beauty and resources.
Colorful murals adorn the lifeguard towers along the beach

Avila Gallery

Located in the charming Landing Passage area of downtown Avila Beach, the Avila Gallery features jewelry, paintings, pottery and more. The space showcases work by four resident artists: Linda Lewis, Sharon Grove, Ana Bass and Tracy Taylor. Their pieces cover a wide spectrum, from watercolors, puzzles and apparel to felt hats and beaded jewelry. Additionally, the gallery features artists like painters Lori Wise, ceramicist Richard Rowk and jewelers Matt Duran, Kasey Burgunder, Jenny Chenowith and Mary Lenz. For those interested in following their own creativity and producing their own artwork, Avila Gallery provides opportunities for instruction. Classes include painting, beading, and jewelry fabrication and enameling from the gallery’s resident artists. Each three-hour class takes place weekly at the gallery and includes all materials. Don’t miss the chance to learn new skills from some of the best craftspeople in Avila Beach. The gallery also hosts show openings and artists’ talks throughout the year.

Under the Sea Gallery

This fun, well-stocked gallery and gift shop has something for every ocean-lover, from paintings, jewelry and sculpture pieces to toys and apparel. The shop faces the Avila Beach Promenade and the coastline itself, providing a picturesque backdrop. Stop in and wander the rambling gallery, full of handmade pieces from local and nationally-known artists. These include watercolor light shades from artist Rowan Chase, who uses cotton velvet watercolor paper to craft distinctive, colorful, landscape painting light shades. The San Francisco glassworks outfit Dynasty Glass supplies Under The Sea Gallery with unique, handmade pieces featuring graceful jellyfish captured in glass. The psychedelic, surf-and-skate nature-inspired paintings of Morro Bay artists Forever Stoked also enjoy pride of place here. Come shop for the perfect piece to grace your home, or just wander and enjoy the diverse array of artwork. Don’t miss the kids’ section, where colorful and artistic games and toys delight young visitors. The shop also offers beach essentials like beach towels, sunglasses, apparel and more.
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The enchanting entrance to the Under the Sea Gallery

Point San Luis Lighthouse

This historic lighthouse designed by architect Paul J Pelz first began operating in 1890. Pelz, a German immigrant, first established a career as a civil engineer and draftsman for the United States Lighthouse Board. As his notoriety grew after winning prizes through the Lighthouse Board, he won contracts to design lighthouses across the country. One such station was the lighthouse at Point San Luis, which he chose to design in a Prairie-Gothic Victorian architectural style. Pelz built two other lighthouses in an identical footprint and style in Humboldt and San Diego. Of the three of those identical designs, only the Point San Luis Lighthouse remains.(Pelz went on to become a successful architect, designing works that would include the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress.) The light station is still in operation over Point San Luis today, and is maintained by the United States Coast Guard. The rest of the location operates as a historic site and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Want to see this seaside landmark yourself? Reserve your place for a tour of the property, available Wednesdays and Saturdays. And don’t miss the gift shop, where you can purchase porcelain ornaments, sea glass pendants, postcards, and more.
Point San Luis Lighthouse
The historic Point San Luis Lighthouse

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Vyana Wellness Collective

This group of like-minded wellness practitioners focus on a wealth of different therapies to promote health, alignment and relaxation. Come in for a specialized massage, performed by knowledgeable therapists with organic products. Choose from a variety of modalities, including therapeutic massage and elite massage, both of which are available as couples’ massage, as well. Another style, assisted stretching, softens muscular and fascial tension with deep stretches aided by massage therapists. Foot fusion relaxes hard-working feet with reflexology, shiatsu, and acupressure, performed while you melt in a reclining massage chair. All massages include dry brushing, aromatherapy, essential oils, hot towel compresses, and hot stone treatment at no extra charge. Add-ons can include a gua sha mini facial, CBD salve, or detoxifying pedicure. The collective also hosts classes and special events, such as sound healing, mindfulness meditation, yoga, dance, and body conditioning. Guests can also try Yomassage, a method that brings healing touch to held poses in a group setting. Vyana Wellness Collective clients can also hire therapists to travel offsite for treatments, including in lodging properties.
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Vyana Wellness Collective of Cambria

Nest Day Spa

Just like a cozy nest tucked high into a tree, Nest Day Spa occupies the highest floor of El Colibri Hotel by Moonstone Beach. El Colibri means “hummingbird” in Spanish; the nest at El Colibri is a restful hideaway for those who struggle with slowing down. Make your way to the top floor of the elegant hotel, and enter a sanctuary of peace and renewal. The Tuscan-style decor, candlelight and aromatherapy provide a quiet ambiance for making the most of your treatment. Choose from a wide variety of options here, including traditional relaxing Swedish massage, or a deep tissue therapy. Treat your feet and hands to healing reflexology as an add-on to your massage. Other additions include aromatherapy and warm stone massage. Before or after your treatment, head to El Colibri’s outdoor jacuzzi or steam sauna; they’re both included with your visit. The Nest also makes spacious separate bathrooms and showers available for guests.
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Nest Day Spa is located in the beautiful El Colibri Hotel

Moonstone Day Spa

This peaceful place is named after Cambria’s famous Moonstone Beach, whose smooth pebbles appear to be from another world. “Another world” is exactly where owners Nancy and David Lackman want to send their guests with each treatment at Moonstone Day Spa. Certified Massage Therapists, Nancy and David focus on the health and wellness of each of their clients, and have done for decades. Modalities here include reflexology, Swedish massage, deep tissue work, Reiki, Shiatsu, and aromatherapy. The Lackmans also offer Watsu Water Therapy, a modality that uses the day spa’s aquatic therapy pool for rehabilitation from injury. Jade stones foraged from in and around Cambria provide the heat for hot stone massage, releasing tension on the back, legs and temples. All massages and treatments are performed with pure essential oils, and a foot massage can be added at an additional charge. Ask about bringing in your friend or loved one for a melting couples’ massage, too.

True Skin Facial Spa

True Skin Facial Spa focuses on clinical-strength skincare with pharmacist-formulated products that work at a cellular level to improve texture, tone and appearance. Their treatments lie at the cutting edge of skincare technology to uncover your best skin possible — your true skin! Look for deep pore cleansing treatments and clarifying facials for skin that is prone to acne, as well as anti-aging facials. These cleanse and exfoliate the skin, apply peptides and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin under a paraffin mask infused with collagen. Oxygen treatments bring 87 vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids to the skin and infuse it with hydration. The skincare spa also offers chemical peels using Sanitas products, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and TCA peels. Indulge in dermafile exfoliation, which uses crushed cosmetic diamonds to gently smooth skin to a velvety texture. Waxing for brows, lip, chin, face, and underarms is also available here.

Sojourn Spa

Like so much of Cambria and Highway 1, the Sojourn Spa lies tucked in amidst the trees: pine, redwood, and cypresses. Located at the Cambria Pines Lodge, Sojourn Day Spa offers a restful hideaway set against the picturesque backdrop of Cambria’s natural beauty. This is a classic day spa, with treatments to relax,  soothe, and rejuvenate. Indulge in a traditional Swedish massage to relieve stress, tension and pain. Available for 60 or 90 minutes, this signature massage includes aromatherapy, a warm facial compress and warm stones. The Radiance Facial uses a selection of Glo Therapeutic and Yonka of Paris products to cleanse pores, hydrate, firm and lift. At 60 minutes, this botanical facial includes massage for the neck and feet. Ninety minute facials include massage for the back, neck, shoulders, hands and feet. Massages and facials can also be performed side-by-side for partners, friends, and loved ones. Give and receive the gift of relaxing together in this special soothing place.
Enjoying a relaxing spa treatment

Healing Hands of Happy Hill Massage

At Healing Hands of Happy Hill Massage, owner Dianne Brooke has helped guests and clients feel their best since 1999. Dianne specializes in integrative massage featuring Swedish and Myofascial release modalities. She also offers Lomilomi massage, a traditional Hawaiian modality designed to restore and heal the body through intuitive, compassionate touch. These massages can be stand-alone 60-minute services, or can include a body scrub for a 90-minute indulgence. Mothers-to-be can opt for prenatal massage and pampering here, or at the offsite location of their choice. Other services include seated massage for targeting problem areas like the shoulder, neck and upper back. Foot massages can be 30 minutes long with reflexology, or one hour long with a tranquil foot soak and scrub, plus reflexology. Dianne crafts all her own products from pure, organic ingredients — a feature unique to her practice. Whether you come for a tune-up or stay for a couple hours, the Healing Hands of Happy Hill will restore, renew, and rejuvenate.

Spellbound

A visit to Spellbound Herbs Gift Shop and Garden in Cambria affords the opportunity to indulge your five senses. The shop is located within what was once a homestead built in the 1870s — a historic spot that’s cozy and familiar. Here, expect to find a unique selection of products intended for health and wellness. Spellbound offers bath salts, essential oils, massage oils, and candles, all of which serve to relax the mind and calm the spirit. The shop sells books on gardening, cooking, crafting, and children’s interests, plus gifts for those who appreciate simple pleasures and natural indulgences. Check out the wide selection of greeting cards, as well as the potpourri room, where apothecary jars hold a variety of soothing scents. Fans of fairies, imps, gnomes, dwarves and elves will enjoy the vast selection of fairy house decor, accessories, and figurines. Head to the pretty yard behind the shop to see some of the pieces displayed in a large fairy garden.
The serene and enchanting entrance to Spellbound

Venetia’s Skin Care Studio

The focus at Venetia’s Skin Care Studio is facials customized for each individual’s specific needs. Licensed esthetician and owner Venetia Morgan begins every treatment with an intake of the client’s skin. This is followed by a consultation on treatment options, like age correction, toning, calming, decongestion and acne, etc. Then, she treats the face, neck, and shoulders to pore-cleansing and exfoliation, massage, and personalized masque. Afterward, Venetia takes the time to advise on a client’s skincare routine so as to bring the benefits of a good facial home. All facials are performed with Eminence Organic Skin Care products, crafted in Hungary and known for their purity and natural effectiveness. Venetia also offers services like brow, face, and leg waxing, as well as makeup for special occasions. Located in Cambria’s West Village, Venetia’s is a calm, luxurious spot where rest, health, wellness, and self-care take priority. Treat yourself to “me time” here and walk away renewed.

Verde

Verde of Cambria sources over 60 high-end luxury teas for the tea enthusiast and everyday tea drinker. Whimsical and eclectic, the shop specializes in flavored herbal teas. Varieties range from Hibiscus Berry and Almond Biscotti to Peach Ice Cream and Vanilla Berry Truffle. Coffee is on offer, too, once again featuring unusual flavored varieties like Cookie Doodle, Tropical Peach Passion and Vanilla Nut Swirl. An array of boutique-sourced raw honey complements the tea list, including varieties like clover, lavender, and wildflower honey. Look for tea and coffee accessories here, too, like tea kettles, strainers, mugs and more. In fact, Verde stocks an ever-changing selection of vintage teapots and tea sets that they’ve “rescued.” Peruse these one-of-a-kind remnants of tea times gone by, and maybe even purchase one to add to your collection. Throughout the shop, enjoy the aromas of tea, as well as herbs, soaps, candles and lotions from purveyors both near and far.
Verde of Cambria
The tea shop in Verde of Cambria

Therapy by the Sea

This popular massage studio was established in 2006 as a health and wellness center to serve residents and visitors to Cambria’s West Village. The owner, Christa Bennett Thurman, has created a meditative, comfortable place where clients and visitors can put their daily concerns aside and melt. She brings a wealth of expertise to the massage table, with practice and training in multiple modalities. These include Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology, reiki, prenatal, lymphatic, myofascial release, oncology, post-surgical and shiatsu/acupressure massage. In particular, Christa specializes in LaStone and Breema bodywork. LaStone Therapy combines stone massage and modern techniques to relax stiff muscles and improve circulation. Similarly, Breema bodywork emphasizes physical healing, as well as the integration of mental and emotional health. Therapy By The Sea perches on the second story, above bustling Main Street, like a tree house. The studio also lies within walking distance of Moonstone Beach, making this an especially convenient treat after a walk along the shoreline.
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Therapy By The Sea in downtown Cambria

Cambria Massage Therapy

A massage therapist since 1999, owner Rita Benavides practices a wide array of massage modalities from her garden studio in Cambria. A beautiful, tucked-away retreat, Cambria Massage Therapy provides a reset and respite for weary minds and muscles. Rita is concerned with how stress appears in the body, including illness, blood flow, injuries, a lack of oxygen and metabolic waste. She tailors her practice to suit each guest’s personal response to the stresses in their life. Each treatment highlights one or several different massage modalities to calm the central nervous system. These can include Swedish, Thai, Hawaiian Lomilomi, and myofascial release methods. Rita also integrates the use of warm, smooth basalt stones into each massage. These retain their heat and transfer healing, relaxing warmth to tired muscles, and allow for deeper tension release. In the garden studio, enjoy a nurturing, compassionate experience that leaves you feeling lighter, more mobile, and well cared-for.

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The Spa at Sycamore Mineral Springs

The setting at The Spa at Sycamore Mineral Springs is restorative all on its own. Tucked into a tree-canopied hillside, Sycamore Mineral Springs is the site of the first discovery of Avila Beach’s natural hot springs. Today, the springs are channeled into hillside hot tubs that are available hourly between 9:30am and 10:45pm, 365 days a year. The water is sourced from 100 acres of natural underground springs and fed into open-air hot tubs. These tubs range in capacity from two to eight people, plus the Oasis Lagoon, which accommodates up to 30 people. Each treatment performed at The Spa includes a complimentary 30-minute private soak in the hot springs. This is the perfect way to begin or end a time of relaxation and rejuvenation. Treatments include an array of massage styles, from Swedish and deep tissue modalities to prenatal massage. The Spa also performs a variety of facial services, including those that target oxygenation, lifting, and hyperpigmentation. As an additional centering activity, consider visiting Sycamore Mineral Springs’ Secret Gardens and Labyrinth. These are located across the “Sycamore Resort Bridge” that ends near the Bob Jones Bike Trail. The Secret Garden supplies produce for Chef Ruiz at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant. And the labyrinth provides a quiet, contemplative place in which to walk and enjoy the natural world.
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Unwinding with a massage at The Spa at Sycamore Mineral Springs

Avila Massage Spa

This massage spa can be found at the Avila Hot Springs, close to the junction of the 101 Freeway and Avila Beach Road. The Avila Massage Spa has provided an easy way to relax before and/or after time spent having fun in the sun since 2009. Every treatment here includes a full-day pass for the Avila Hot Springs swimming pool and water slides or hot mineral soaking pool. It’s a great way to make a day of your visit and extend the benefits of a massage. Book a treatment with Avila Massage Spa’s licensed massage therapists, including Swedish, sports, deep tissue, hot stone and chakra balancing modalities. Choose from 45 minutes to 90 minutes long, or pick a 30-minute maintenance massage for established clients. Therapists offer prenatal massages for mothers-to-be, as well as couples’ massages. Add a facial mask to any massage treatment for a little extra TLC, too.
A relaxing moment at Avila Massage Spa

Avila Bay Club Spa

Located at the midway point of the Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, this spa is part of the Avila Bay Athletic Club. The club is open to members only, but the spa is open to the public, making this a relaxing treat. The Avila Bay Club Spa is open every day of the week, and includes a number of self-care options. Try a customized facial that addresses congestion, dryness, redness, and/or aging using Truth Treatment Systems skincare. Facials can include additional enzyme treatments, dermaplane, peels, and regenerex electrolight therapy, as well. Or splurge on a specialty massage from Avila Bay Club Spa’s expert massage therapists. Modalities include Swedish, hot stone, reflexology, and deep tissue massage, as well as cupping. Any massage can last 30, 60, or 90 minutes long, and additional body treatments like back scrubs and deep pore cleansing can seal the deal. Come in for one treatment, or spend an entire day here to have a manicure, pedicure, waxing, and even haircuts.

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Rio Salon and Spa

Featuring luxurious facials ready to address anti-aging concerns, troubled skin, acne and visible signs of stress, Rio Spa in Cayucos is a top choice for wellness visitors seeking tangible results. Book a professional waxing appointment, including services for face, arms, legs or Brazilian needs. Feeling frazzled? Savor a healing massage therapy session sure to release ongoing tension and bring you back to center. While you're at the spa, you can also take advantage of state-of-the-art electrolysis treatments, a safe and modern way to permanently remove unwanted hair. Feeling radiant, inside and out, is never far from reach.
Relax and unwind at Rio Salon and Spa

Illuminate Spa

Regain that precious peace of mind at Illuminate Spa in Cayucos, where relaxation is always the top priority. Enjoy foot and scalp reflexology as well as rejuvenating massage services, including flowing relaxation, deep tissue, and prenatal options. Skin concerns? Allow steam therapy and mud treatments to open up and clarify your pores while sugar and salt scrubs work to gently exfoliate, revealing a fresh new you. Whether you book a romantic couple's massage or luxuriate in a fun-filled spa day fit for an epic bridal shower, bachelorette event or ladies trip, you're sure to leave Illuminate Spa feeling particularly fabulous.

Aloha Spa

At Aloha Spa in Cayucos, top notch facials, unique body treatments and rejuvenating massage therapy come together to revive your inner glow. With expert treatments suited for couples, mother-and-daughter packages and even wedding parties, you can pick the perfect spa day that's right for you. Need a quick dose of TLC that’ll have you showing off your toes? Sink into a pedicure chair and allow the folks at Aloha to makeover your feet while you take a load off. Utilizing natural products and featuring a casual yet elegant ambiance, visitors are sure to leave this local oasis with an extra pep in their step.

Mother Beauty

Escape from your to-do list and embrace a new sense of calm at Mother Beauty, located at The historic Cass House in Cayucos. Home to restorative, results-focus facials and massage services, you'll tap into your inner beauty through nurturing, balanced modalities and plant-based skincare. Explore handmade soaks plus a variety of retail skincare items designed to help bring stellar self-care home. With modern treatments focusing on relaxing the nervous system and bringing clients into a healing, restful state, you'll notice improved benefits to both your skin and overall sense of well being.
Cass House
Mother Beauty located in The Cass House

Bodywork Cayucos

Find your happy place at Bodywork Cayucos, a dynamic spa that focuses on trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, medical massage, prenatal massage and aromatherapy. With experts on-hand to guide you through healing services like reflexology, Swedish massage and deep tissue healing, there's plenty of options to choose from. Feeling tightness in your body or recovering from a lingering injury? The Bodywork team utilizes the trager approach of wellbeing, which is uniquely designed to deepen your body awareness and unlock a feeling of lightness and freedom.

Downtown Cayucos

After a rejuvenating day at the spa, you’ll want to strut your stuff through Cayucos’ charming downtown. Test drive that glowing skin and laid back attitude while window shopping the area’s quirky antique stores, or go for a promenade down the pier. With local restaurants serving healthy, farm-fresh ingredients and a brisk breeze fresh off the ocean waves, you’re sure to enjoy an added boost of well-being and joy.
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Enjoying the calm atmosphere of Cayucos

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Ready to relax? Tranquility and wellness are a way of life along our stretch of Highway 1. In addition to beaches, hiking trails, surf spots, and vineyards, Highway 1 boasts destination-worthy spas, therapeutic massage, and health-promoting centers. Yoga, acupuncture, meditation, sound baths, facials and more can help optimize your health, de-stress, look and feel your best. Maybe your goal is to enjoy a treatment like a hot stone massage or botanical facial as part of your vacation. Whatever your preference, you’ll find plenty of styles, modalities and options here. Maybe you’re looking to heal after an injury, or process grief in the wake of a loss. Our section of Highway 1 offers a gentle place to do so under the care of skilled and knowledgeable professionals. Additionally, hot springs, shops that cater to wellness, nurseries and community gardens provide tranquil settings.  Here, allow the natural landscape, vast Pacific coastline and uncrowded open spaces that are so common here set the tone for your wellness journey.

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Spa & Massage North of Ragged Point

Post Ranch Spa

Just through the “Gateway to Big Sur,” the Post Ranch Spa is part of the famed Post Ranch Inn. The on-site spa offers soothing body treatments like therapeutic, Thai, prenatal, lymphatic and reflexology massage. Additionally as part of the spa experience, Post Ranch Spa provides guides for calming meditation, invigorating private hikes and energizing yoga classes. Other services are inspired by traditions of local history and community. These include opportunities for spiritual exploration like shaman sessions, drum journeys, and herbal spirit journeys. Guests can also engage in intuitive healing with guidance in astrology and energy balancing. Beyond the spa, Post Ranch Inn provides the ideal setting for private reflection and relaxation. Mindfulness meditation, walks in the forest, and yoga are all encouraged here, whether in the care of a guide or enjoyed independently.

Post Ranch Spa
A spa treatment with a Big Sur forest backdrop

San Simeon Spa & Massage

Diva Day Spa

This soothing day spa lies in the Plaza Del Cavalier, located midway between the entrance to Hearst Castle and Cambria on Highway 1. Treatments here include customized facials performed with Eminence Handmade Organic Skin Care products, plus peels, microdermabrasion, make-up application, and waxing services. Massage therapists blend modalities to provide treatments that rejuvenate and restore. Opt for Swedish, hot stone, aromatherapy, reflexology and prenatal massage. Deep-tissue massage is also available as an add-on option. Diva Day Spa also offers hair care for men, women and children, including cuts, color, styling and more. The quiet natural beauty of San Simeon sets the tone here, with the spa’s neutral colors, peaceful music and expert aestheticians. And don’t miss this tip: Diva Day Spa is an easy choice for services on your wedding day in San Simeon. Consider planning your massage, facial, hair and makeup treatments just steps from San Simeon State Beach.

Cambria Spa & Massage

Nest Day Spa

This spa shares its Tuscan-style elegance with that of El Colibri Hotel, located just around the corner from the pretty shores of Moonstone Beach. Before your treatment, downshift by hunting “moonstones” at the beach, or stroll along the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk. Afterward, enter the hotel and head to the top floor, where The Nest Day Spa feels like a completely different world. Hushed tones, soft music, and candlelight define the space where expert therapists perform an array of massage modalities. Indulge in a restorative, relaxing Swedish massage, or target tension and tightness with the option for deep tissue work. Reflexology on the feet and hands can be added onto any massage treatment. Warm stone massage alleviates stress and inflammation, while aromatherapy further engages the senses. The spa also offers an outdoor Jacuzzi and two steam rooms to be enjoyed before or after any treatment. The Nest also provides separate bathrooms and showers for privacy and comfort.

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Nest Day Spa offers a serene setting located within the El Colibri Hotel

Moonstone Day Spa

Named after Cambria’s ethereal beach peppered with smooth “moonstones,” this spa features a number of treatments for visitors. Owners Nancy and David Lackman are Certified Massage Therapists who have devoted their lives to the health and well-being of their clients. They specialize in a wealth of modalities. These include Swedish massage, reflexology, Lomi Lomi, deep tissue, Shiatsu, Reiki, and aromatherapy. They are also trained in Watsu Water Therapy, and provide an aquatic therapy pool at the spa for weightless workouts and rehabilitation. For hot stone massage, Nancy and David use locally-sourced jade stones — the only Cambria spa to do so. This treatment places warmed jade stones on tense points in the body, like the back, temples, and legs. The warmth releases tension in those typically tight spots throughout the massage for a thoroughly peaceful experience. Each treatment includes the use of 100 percent pure essential oils, and can include a foot massage at an extra charge. Moonstone Day Spa also performs side-by-side couples’ massage for the ultimate romantic relaxation.

Sojourn Spa

The Sojourn Healing Arts Center is located at Cambria Pines Lodge, the iconic property adjacent to Cambria’s West Village. This day spa features massage and facial treatments to bring tranquility, alignment, and balance to each body. For 60 or 90 minutes, massage therapists perform traditional Swedish massage for individuals or side-by-side for couples. Each massage treatment comes with hot stone therapy, aromatherapy, and a warm facial compress. Treatment rooms have open (yet thoroughly private) windows to access Cambria’s refreshing sea breeze. Facials are customized for each client to cleanse pores, hydrate, lift and firm. Performed by a licensed esthetician, each facial features products from Yonka of Paris and Glo Therapeutic, with aromas of geranium, cypress, rosemary, lavender and thyme. These products are formulated with concentrated organic botanicals that have been used for centuries for their therapeutic and medicinal benefits. A 60-minute facial includes a neck and foot massage, while a 90-minute facial includes a massage of the back, neck, shoulders, hands and feet. Sojourn Spa can perform facials for two, side by side, as well.

Spellbound

A whimsical and contemplative place, Spellbound is a gift shop and garden in the heart of Cambria’s West Village. The shop occupies one of the oldest buildings in historic Cambria, a homestead from the 1870s. The rooms and interior remain much as they were over a century ago, and encourage rambling through the house. Enjoy the sounds of wind chimes in the breeze, the aroma of herbs and botanicals, and the sight of cheeky gnomes and fairies throughout. Spellbound offers a wealth of products to heal and delight the body, mind and soul, with bath salts, essential oils, massage oils, and candles. Peruse books on subjects as varied as natural and alternative medicine, aromatherapy, and angels. Spellbound boasts one of the most extensive selections of fairy house items on the Central Coast. Choose from a selection of miniature buildings, tree doors, gardens, and figurines to create a tiny wonderland for your own woodland sprites. Need inspiration? Check out the fairy garden outside, as well as “Alice’s Tea Garden,” complete with statuettes of the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit. This is a fun, festive spot for the whole family to enjoy.

The enchanting entrance to Spellbound

Verde

Cozy and quaint, this little tea shop in Cambria’s West Village offers a selection of over 60 luxury and organic teas and tea blends. While Verde does provide white, green and black teas, the owners’ specialty is herbal teas. Say the word, and they’ll gladly stage a tea tasting for you, sharing instructions on how to brew, serve, and store their teas. You’ll be surprised by the wide variety of flavors available, like Cherry Jubilee, Creme Brulee, and Lavender Rose, in addition to traditional varieties. In addition to teas, Verde sells specialty items for brewing your best cup, like kettles, tumblers, and loose-leaf tea strainers. They also feature a collection of raw local honey varieties to stir into your next cup of tea. Other items for enjoying life’s quiet moments include lotions, soaps and body products, plus herbs and locally-made candles. Pick up a greeting card, jewelry and artwork to share with a friend — or bring it home for yourself.

Verde of Cambria
Verde tea shop in downtown Cambria

Cayucos Spa & Massage

Illuminate Spa

The menu at Illuminate Spa in Cayucos is long and varied, with a multitude of options for anyone needing a little TLC. Owner and lead therapist Naomi Wilkinson specializes in massage that blends Eastern and Western styles, as well as esthetician services. In general, Illuminate offers massage, facials, airbrush tanning, steam rituals, waxing and lashes. Each treatment begins with hot towels and a warm compress plus organic essential oils or crystal-infused flower essences. Therapists also use sore joint and muscle ointments and aura misters — plus, all guests receive a cup of tea or sparkling wine on arrival. Customer favorites include the Deluxe Facial with a signature facelift and “nano” lip, eye and face plumping treatment. The Himalayan Salt Stone Bliss massage is another favorite, featuring deep detoxification and exfoliation, pressure point foot massage, and anti-inflammatory salt stones. Mud, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, foot and scalp reflexology, and couples massage complete the wide array of treatments. Illuminate Spa provides the perfect pampering destination for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, girl getaways, and more.

Mother Beauty

Wander down Ocean Avenue in Cayucos and you’ll notice the beautifully restored Cass House, once the home of Cayucos settler Captain Cass. Today, the building houses the Cass House Inn and Grill, as well as the Mother Beauty Spa. Located just steps from Cayucos State Beach, Mother Beauty supports health and wellness through holistic facials and natural skincare. Owner Liana Moynier has provided facials with a massage focus since 2005, using expertise and human touch to rejuvenate her clients’ skin. The treatment menu includes the one-hour Mother Beauty Signature Facial offers an alternative to harsh and aggressive methods with botanical skincare and massage. Fascia repatterning, LED light therapy, and exfoliation lift and hydrate the skin. Other treatments include The Melt Facial, which addresses tension and inflammation on and around the face, such as acne, teeth grinding, and headaches. Red Light Therapy, Microcurrent Lifting and Toning, and Dien Chan Zone Facial Reflexology are on offer, as well. Check out the boutique where Liana sells handmade soaks and a variety of other skin care products.

Cass House
The Cass House in Cayucos

Los Osos Spa & Massage

Tranquility Spa

This aptly-named spa resides at the Sea Pines Golf Resort in Los Osos, just a few minutes from Montana de Oro State Park. Take a hike, cycle, or ride the trails of one of California’s largest and most diverse state parks before relaxing at Tranquility Spa. The focus at Tranquility Spa is massage, with therapists bringing many thousands of hours, expertise, and modalities to the massage table. Bodywork styles include Swedish and Energy massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Esalen, Reiki and Shiatsu. Deep tissue massage, acupressure, and reflexology are also options at Tranquility Spa. For those also interested in traditional Chinese movement, The Sea Pines Resort offers Qigong sessions for powerful and effective self-healing. These are conducted at the resort most Saturdays at 8:30am, and all are invited, with a suggested donation of $10 per person. Experience the centering, meditative benefits of this ancient Chinese series of movements in addition to those of a massage.

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Relaxing in the spa at Sea Pines Golf Resort

AcuGlo Acupuncture

Owner Lisa Cavaliere trained in traditional Chinese medicine and brings that expertise to bear on her wellness business in Los Osos. In addition to acupuncture, Lisa offers herbal medicine, cupping and gua sha, and moxibustion. With regard to massage, her menu of treatments includes reflexology, circulatory massage, Tui Na, and acupressure. But AcuGlo is best known for its holistic esthetics and Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation or cosmetic acupuncture. Clients routinely leave AcuGlo feeling toned and rejuvenated after a session with Lisa. Her ancient, time-tested methods address aging and damaged skin from a holistic angle rather than a filler or surgical angle. Signature facials like GLO-SCULPT, GLO-GODDESS and GLO-LUXE target problem areas with a wide array of modalities. Celluma LED light therapy, lymphatic drainage of the face, facial reflexology, and other add-ons complete the experience. AcuGlo uses Laurel Whole Plant Organic Facial Skincare as well as traditional herbal medicine. Pick up skincare products and herbal and nutritional supplements in the AcuGlo boutique, too.

Arroyo Grande & Edna Valley Spa & Massage

Ritual Skin & Body Care

One of the great appeals of visiting Ritual Skin & Body Care is its location in the heart of the Village of Arroyo Grande. Stroll the village, pick up coffee and a pastry or lunch, and do a little boutique shopping before walking through Ritual Spa’s doors. Ritual is owned by Linda Ruberto, a state- and nationally-licensed esthetician with a passion for pampering. Linda’s team of licensed massage therapists and estheticians strive to bring balance and wellness to every client. They specialize in craniosacral therapy, a non-invasive style of bodywork that softens the fascia (or connective tissue) throughout the body. Ritual also offers specialty bodywork for prenatal clients using The Body Cushion for support. For those seeking facial and skincare services, Ritual offers maintenance, corrective, and “Serenity” facials, which integrate craniosacral massage therapy into the treatment. Also look for back facials, chemical peels, waxing, and add-ons like massage and resurfacing treatments.

Avila Beach Spa & Massage

Avila Bay Club Spa

Expect pure bliss when you make your way to the Avil Beach Spa & Massage, located at the Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa. Though membership at the club is required for most activities and services, the spa is open to the public without membership. This includes access to the pool, jacuzzi, and FAR infrared sauna, as well. Open seven days a week, the Spa offers therapeutic massage options, like Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and reflexology massage. Certified therapists also perform prenatal massage and the ancient healing practice of cupping therapy. The Avila Beach Spa & Massage Center also provides facials and skin care, including traditional treatments as well as cutting edge modalities. Look for enzyme treatments, peels, and Regenerex LED electrolight therapy. Dermaplane technology is also available, which can brighten and smooth skin, soften fine lines and minimize hyperpigmentation like acne scars. Relaxing, renewing and rejuvenating back scrubs, deep pore cleansing and other options can be found on the treatment menu, too.

The Spa

The iconic hot springs of Avila Beach set the tone for this full-service spa located at Sycamore Mineral Springs. Before any treatment at The Spa, take 30 minutes for a complimentary soak in a private mineral hot springs tub beneath the sycamores. Afterward, indulge in one of The Spa’s award-winning treatments, like Swedish, deep tissue, or prenatal massage from a certified massage therapist. These each last 60 minutes and are designed to help clients unwind and unplug. The Spa also provides an array of one-hour facial treatments, like the Oxygenating Facial By Image. This is an ideal facial for every skin type that clarifies, rebalances and hydrates. The Ultimate Lifting Facial By Image further focuses on lift, while the Vibrant Skin Facial By Image focuses on brightening. The Hungarian skincare line Eminence also features in The Spa facials, including the Stone Crop Essential Facial for calm and the Triple C & E Firming Facial for elasticity.

Sycamore Mineral Springs Spa Massage
Enjoying a massage at The Spa in Sycamore Mineral Springs

Avila Massage Spa

Since 2009, the Avila Massage Spa has relaxed, unwound, and relieved grateful clients at the Avila Hot Springs in Avila Beach. Every treatment offered at Avila Massage Spa includes a consultation that determines what style of massage or blend of styles you’d like. Some menu items include Swedish massage, sports and deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and chakra balancing. These range from 45 to 90 minutes depending on your needs, with 30-minute tune-ups available as well. Add on a facial mask for an extra dose of serenity and healing. Prenatal massages and couples’ side-by-side massages can also be arranged. Every treatment includes a full day pass to the Avila Hot Springs resort. Take a dip in the 50-foot by 100-foot swimming pool or relax on a chaise lounge by the water. Guests can also enjoy the waters of a natural artesian 20-foot-square hot mineral pool for a relaxing soak.

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Sandalwood Spa

This full-service spa lies in the Trilogy Golf Resort, making it a perfect follow-up to a day of golf. Sandalwood Spa also serves as an excellent destination for wellness and meditation retreats, couples’ getaways, girlfriends getaways, and other group trips. With its neutral-tones and soft surroundings, Sandalwood Spa provides restorative bodywork, including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and CBD-enhanced massage. Couples can request side-by-side massage, and mothers-to-be will enjoy the relief and rejuvenation of a prenatal massage. For facial and skincare treatments, look for traditional modalities as well as fresh technologies and methods. Try microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and pore cleansing offerings to restore and revive tired, congested, or hyperpigmented skin. Other body care options include wraps, scrubs, and mud baths. All services earn guests access to the use of a semi-private garden hot tub, serenity lounge, and eucalyptus steam room. Enjoy a quiet moment in the care of experienced licensed massage therapists and estheticians with a visit to the Sandalwood Spa at Trilogy Golf Resort.

Sandalwood Spa
The tranquil atmosphere of the Sandalwood Spa at Trilogy Golf Resort

Pure Bliss Old Town Spa

Located near the Dana Adobe in Nipomo, this full-service day spa specializes in deep relaxation and healing touch. Business owners Rudy and Kathleen Stowell have worked in the spa and wellness industry for two decades. They and their team offer expertise and access to the newest modalities and methods. For bodywork, Pure Bliss Old Town Spa provides Swedish massage, Esalen massage, lymphatic drainage massage, deep tissue work and more. These can be experienced individually in one of the spa’s private treatment rooms, or in a tandem room for couples. (Couples can also request a soak in the tub with refreshments at an additional charge.) Mothers-to-be will appreciate the touch of a prenatal massage, as well. For skincare, expect a menu of treatments using IMAGE skincare line. Illuminating facials reduce dark spots, purifying facials combat, soothe and prevent breakouts, and antioxidant, microdermabrasion and lift facials address aging. Also look for cupping therapy, body and facial waxing and lash extensions. The pure Bliss in-house boutique also features handmade local gifts, goods and items.

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Beach weddings along Highway 1 offer up the perfect combination of moderate year-round weather, gorgeous coastal scenery and oceanfront hotels and vacation rentals perfect for hosting your big day as well as your wedding guests. With miles of pristine coastline and untouched alcoves to set your big day, you can say “I do” backdropped by crashing waves, glittering tide pools and soaring seabirds. With cool, foggy mornings melting into bright sunny afternoons, you’ll find the perfect coastal venue for your ceremony and reception, whether large or intimate. Tie the knot perched atop a wind-swept cliff or go for a chill, sans-shoe ceremony on the golden sand. Whichever you choose, rest assured that the Pacific Ocean--a lasting reminder of your love--will always be close at hand.

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Ragged Point and San Simeon Wedding Venues

Ragged Point Inn

One of the most impressive elevated views of the Pacific along Highway 1, recite your vows from Ragged Point Inn's Wedding Pagoda overlooking a Million Dollar View of the Big Sur Coast. A flat, lush green lawn provides seating for a virtually unlimited number of wedding guests and a fully enclosed Solarium located directly above the cliffs seats up to 100 guests and showcases 360-degree, unobstructed views of the ocean. This unique wedding space can be decorated to suit you and your betrothed's creative whims and tents can be erected on the Solarium Lawn to accommodate joyful outdoor festivities. Where to stay during your big day? Ragged Point Inn's Cliff House is a cozy coastal hideaway that feels like home, albeit with a far more dramatic view. With five private guest-rooms, you can house your wedding party or start your honeymoon, all without having to stray from your wedding site. Featuring romantic, tree-shaded pathways, the Tip of the Point offers up another unique wedding venue on the property, while the Ragged Point Inn Restaurant—complete with ocean front restaurant, dining deck, fire pit and fish pond—allow your imagination to rule the day.

Ragged Point Inn
A million dollar view at Ragged Point Inn

Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

Nestled along 900 feet of staggeringly beautiful San Simeon coastline, the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort offers up a breathtaking glass courtyard for ceremonies overlooking manicured grounds and the Pacific. Accommodating up to 130 guests and featuring 90 luxurious oceanfront rooms designed for a home-away-from-home experience along the surf, you're friends and family will enjoy amenities like free WiFi, free parking, mini-fridge, Keurig single-serve coffeemaker—and in select rooms—a crackling, wood-burning fireplace. Your wedding party can enjoy the cozy convenience of connecting rooms and you can rest easy knowing that wedding room blocks are available for ten rooms or more.

A romantic setting at the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

Hearst State Beach

Nestled on the south end of Hearst State Beach just north of the historic Old San Simeon Bay Pier, you and your wedding guests can imagine late great publishing Mogul William Randolph Hearst surveying what would become his world famous stomping grounds. Located just across the way from iconic Hearst Castle and accommodating 100 guests on the sand, this breezy California State Park-managed locale offers up a fresh view of an incredible landmark bolstered by the big blue horizon.

Celebrating with a glass of wine at Hearst State Beach

Hearst Castle (currently closed for road renovations)

The jewel of San Simeon, Highway 1's Hearst Castle is a world famous destination featuring opulent statues, manicured grounds, sun-dappled terraces, and shimmering pools—not a bad backdrop for your coastal wedding. With expansive, elevated views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Lucia Mountains and the onsite Roman-styled Neptune Pool, your big day can take on the classical, ethereal feel of a romantic oil painting. Host up to 250 guests at this famous California State Parks-managed destination, home to several unique venue areas. Nestled between two guest cottages and overlooking the iconic Neptune Pool, The Neptune Terrace accommodates up to 50 guests for a seated dinner and up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception and dancing. Throwing a lavish event with a long guest list? The Neptune Pool Deck offers up a poolside cocktail reception or seated dinner of up to 250 guests. With incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, Neptune Pool and Guest Cottage, the West or “C” Terrace accommodates up to 250 for a seated dinner, dancing, and cocktail reception, while the North “Unfinished Terrace” provides incredible views of the Santa Lucia Mountains for an equal number of guests. Located behind Casa Grande, the East Courtyard offers plenty of space for vendor set-up.

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Hearst Castle overlooks all of San Simeon

Cambria Wedding Venues

Weddings in Cambria

Cambria, the enchanting seaside hamlet where ocean meets pines, is home to multiple destination properties perfect for your Highway 1 beach wedding. Check out Cambria's unique array of vacation rentals, historical hotels and spacious tree-flanked parks overlooking the ocean plus local caterers, florists and more. Whether you're seeking an elegant wedding of opulent proportions or an intimate ceremony and rustic reception, Cambria's diverse wedding venues are here to ensure your big day exceeds your wildest expectations.

Stunning views of the Cambria landscape

Moonstone Beach

Tie the knot in scenic Moonstone Beach in Cambria and you'll experience one of Highway 1's most coveted coastal treasures. Named for the glittering rocks strewn along the sand, the central stretch of beach along Moonstone Drive offers up an uncrowded and naturally beautiful setting to commemorate your nuptials. With the easiest access point accessible from the nearby boardwalk's observation deck, you and 50 of your closest friends and family members are invited to celebrate the big day with toes in the sand. That said, due to limited parking, your guests may want to carpool to the area.

Moonstone Beach in Cambria, CA
Moonstone Beach makes for a perfectly serene setting

Moonstone Boardwalk

Moonstone Boardwalk in Cambria is the perfect option for a private seaside ceremony that puts all the focus on your love. Located on the central portion of the boardwalk running along Moonstone Drive's narrow pathway, you'll say “I do” on an elevated wooden platform perched above the beach and across from the Sea Chest and Little Sur Inn. With a capacity of just ten guests, this breezy venue allows for maximum ambiance and a truly intimate vibe. See another spot on the boardwalk you'd like to use for your wedding? Simply submit a photograph to the California State Parks Event Coordinator for consideration.

Moonstone Boardwalk
Stroll down the Moonstone Boardwalk

Leffingwell Landing

One of the most popular beach wedding locations on Highway 1, Leffingwell Landing in Cambria over-delivers in stunning scenery and guest capacity. With the ability to host up to 100 loved ones on the sand plus easy access to a nearby parking lot and public restrooms, this coastal wedding destination located at the northern end of Moonstone Drive is as dreamy as it is convenient. For these reasons, you'll want to complete a special event permit to reserve your date well ahead of time.

Leffingwell Landing in Cambria
Leffingwell Landing provides up close ocean views

Leffingwell Bluff

Invite 20 of your favorite people to a seaside ceremony at Leffingwell Bluff in Cambria and know that your big day will unfold with simple grace. Part of gorgeous Hearst San Simeon State Park, this delightfully tucked away ceremony location is nestled at the northernmost end of Moonstone Drive, featuring an elevated ocean view set amongst low, coastal foliage and wildflowers. Although no public restrooms are located nearby, there is a small parking lot accessible just north of the ceremony spot (wedding guests can also use the larger parking lot for Leffingwell Landing proper, if needed).

Santa Rosa Creek Day Use Area

Located at the southernmost tip of Hearst San Simeon State Park, Santa Rosa Creek Beach in Cambria offers up a uniquely pastoral ceremony setting blending meadowland, surf and sand for romantic results. A boardwalk leads to two observation platforms overlooking the beach as well as the Santa Rosa Creek Lagoon, home to various bird species. In addition, a stairway leads down to a driftwood laden beach below, the perfect place for a sunset photo opp with your beloved. Although this California State Park-managed location might sound like a storybook fantasy, we can assure you that it is indeed a real place (the parking lot entrance can be found at the south end of Moonstone Beach Drive).

Shamel Park and Beach

Running along Santa Rosa Creek in Cambria and not far from the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, you'll find well-kept and locally loved Shamel Park. Managed by the County of SLO Parks and Recreation and accessible from Windsor Drive, you'll enjoy easy beach access, two group day-use areas, a playing field, horseshoes, a children’s play area and a heated, ADA-compliant swimming pool. The park's quaint gazebo and large turf area allow for a simple coastal ceremony followed by an outdoor reception that incorporates as much playtime as you and your family can handle.

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Allow lush foliage to provide all the decoration at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve in Cambria, where rugged weddings abound. Featuring dramatic ocean bluffs, a grassy marine terrace and a forested ridge showcasing views of migrating whales, birds, and playful otters, you can inject a dose of wilderness into your wedding day. With the ability to host up to 25 guests, this Cambria Community Services District Cambria Venues-managed location is open all year from dawn to dusk. Famous for its unique views combining land and sea, you’ll feel one with the land (and one with your partner).

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Cambria
The gorgeous grounds of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Cayucos Wedding Venues

Shoreline Inn

Located along the water in Cayucos, the Shoreline Inn provides a variety of comfortable, well-appointed rooms to host your wedding party. Rest easy knowing your friends and family will enjoy modern suites featuring fireplaces, oceanfront views, and dog-friendly amenities to accommodate four-legged companions. Easily capture wedding photos along the beach before kicking back on an outdoor deck chair with a glass of local wine.

Cayucos Beach
A dreamy oceanfront settting at the Shoreline Inn

Historic Cass House

Located just one block from uncrowded Cayucos beach, the late 1800s-built Cass House is a time capsule of bygone charm sure to add a quaint vibe to your big day. With several wedding packages to choose from, host your event at four celebratory locations, including a gazebo and gardens perfect for a romantic ceremony; a front lawn great for the cocktail hour; plus a pavilion for your reception complete with dance floor and twinkle lights. With additional perks like a top notch bar, on-site restaurant and luxurious guest rooms, you'll never need to step foot off the property. With the ability to host up to 100 guests and hotel amenities like a fireplace, veranda and oceanfront balcony, you might even be tempted to start your honeymoon early.

Cass House
The charming Cass House in the heart of Cayucos

Swallow Creek Ranch

A stunning combination of beach and rustic ambiance sets this venue apart from the rest. Swallow Creek Ranch offers three unique spaces on their property for your special day. From a historic dairy barn, to a sea view meadow, to a hilltop amphitheatre. This working ranch property is located near the scenic Estero Bluffs along the Highway 1 coastline.

Swallow Creek Ranch
The historic dairy barn at Swallow Creek Ranch

Cayucos Beach

An intimate wedding filled with fresh air and quiet calm can be yours when you choose a ceremony at serene Cayucos Beach. With a lovely sandy area to recite your vows designated at the north side of the historic, wooden Cayucos Pier, you'll tie the knot amidst tied pools and seabirds at this County of SLO Parks and Recreation-managed locale.

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A beautiful beachside ceremony on Cayucos Beach

Cayucos Veteran’s Memorial Hall (under renovation and reopening in 2023)

Throw an epic party with a pleasing price tag at the Cayucos Vet’s Hall, located just steps away from the beach. Not only is the location stunning, offering all the charms of the sand, surf and fresh air, you can consider this venue a one-stop-shop for most of your logistical needs, too. Full day rental packages include a 30×60 foot party tent, full use of a commercial kitchen, barbecue pits, coffee pots, private restrooms, chairs, tables, a PA system, wifi, security and even a bartender.

Estero Bluffs

Backdropped by a pristine, protected landscape of undulating sandy bluffs, a wedding at Cayucos' Estero Bluffs makes for a photogenic occasion. Permitted ceremonies of 15 people are invited to gather along a single scenic bluff overlooking a rustic shipwreck site at this California State Park-managed location. The southernmost trailhead just off of Ocean Avenue in Cayucos leads to this jaw-dropping vantage point (on a clear day, you’ll see all the way to Morro Bay).

Estero Bluffs Sunset
A stunning sunset on the Estero Bluffs

Los Osos Wedding Venues

Sea Pines Golf Resort

Situated between the entrance of Montaña de Oro State Park and the south end of iconic Morro Bay, Sea Pines Golf Resort in Los Osos is a captivating wedding destination. This 30-acre resort offers up views of endless Pacific beauty in every direction, creating the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Whether you're looking for a venue for your wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner, Sea Pines boasts a wide array of onsite amenities, including a theatre capacity of 500, banquet capacity of 300 and reception capacity of 300.  Need comfortable overnight accommodations for the bridal party and out-of-town guests? Simply book a room, studio or suite.

Sea Pines Resort
The Sea Pines Golf Resort in Los Osos

Back Bay Inn

The only waterfront inn located in Los Osos, Back Bay Inn is surrounded by a lovely combination of ocean views and lush gardens brimming with native succulents and coastal shrubbery. Weddings can be designed to include tented dinners, photo shoots along a dreamy dock, and ceremonies hosted along the water's edge. The placid back bay waters are exceptionally lovely at sunset, when the sun turns the expanse of blue into a virtual watercolor painting of pinks, oranges and yellows. Overnight guests can also expect a warm and hospitable stay in one of the inn’s 16 uniquely decorated rooms crafted for relaxed comfort. With an emphasis on creating bespoke wedding events tailored to your unique needs, you can rest assured that your big day is in capable and caring hands.

Couple at Back Bay Inn
Walking along the banks of the Back Bay Inn

Baywood Inn

A coveted bayfront view can be yours when you book your wedding at Baywood Inn. nestled at the edge of Los Osos and Morro Bay and part of a tranquil neighborhood overlooking the serene back bay, you'll enjoy quick access to nearby Montana de Oro State Park and its incredible photo opportunities. With contemporary rooms and a half dozen five-star bedroom suites to choose from, enjoy ocean views, polished concrete floors, a double-sided fireplace, Nectar Sleep king bed, sliding glass wall or private deck, double sink vanity, and a lovely kitchen with quartz countertops and gas stove top. Every stay also includes wine tasting and a delicious full breakfast, sure to get your newly-minted marriage off to the right start.

Spooner's Cove

Located in scenic Los Osos, Spooner's Cove is one of the most requested beach wedding locations on Highway 1 for a reason. Tucked away along famous Montana de Oro State Park, you'll tie the knot with up to 50 loved ones on a pebbly beach featuring unique rock formations, sea caves and tide pools teeming with sealife. Be sure to book this cove early, however: there is very limited availability, a special permit is required via California State Parks, and the beach cannot be booked weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Spooners Cove
Aerial views of Spooner's Cove

Bluff Trail

Elevated ocean views and—depending on the season—the colorful wildflowers credited for Montana de Oro's name, “Mountains of Gold,” the popular Bluff Trail is a no brainer for anyone interested in an epic yet intimate beach wedding. With a 10-guest capacity and sweeping vistas showcasing rocky cliffs and rugged coastline, you'll find that the sandy brown of the terrain contrasts beautifully with the deep blue of the water beyond. You should note, however: this venue is not available for weekend events from Memorial Day through Labor Day and a special permit must be squired from California State Parks.

Corallina Cove

Just over a quarter mile from a trailhead and offering a more secluded feel than Spooner’s Cove, you'll find that Corallina Cove is awash in surf and sea air. Nestled within Montana de Oro State Park, you'll wed your beloved surrounded by rippling waves and tide pools and up to 25 guests. Although this intimate natural venue is breathtaking, it is also quite rugged. Therefore, it is important to note that some folks with mobility limitations may not be able to access this unique California State Parks-managed venue.

Avila Beach Wedding Venues

Avila Beach

If a picturesque white sand beach, calm tides and rustic pier are part of your wedding mood board, Avila Beach won’t disappoint. With oceanfront ceremony locales nestled both East of the Avila Pier, West of the Avila Pier as well as at Olde Port Beach and Fishermen's Beach, you can tie the knot at one of Highway 1's most consistently sunny seaside wedding locations. With the ability to host up to 200 guests, this Port San Luis Obispo Harbor-managed locale is as picture-perfect as it is welcoming.

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Enjoying the ocean views of Avila Beach

Garden Wedding at Sycamore Mineral Springs

Mere minutes from stunning Avila Beach, a Garden Wedding at Sycamore Mineral Springs combines ocean breezes, ancient oak trees and a tranquil garden setting. The East Meadows Garden and Gazebo Lawn are both popular open-air locations to exchange vows amidst verdant greenery and a blue sky, while the historic Fireside Palm Great Room, with its dramatic vaulted ceilings and handcrafted woodwork, makes for an elegant indoor celebration. Looking for an impressive place to house your loved ones? With an onsite spa and hot springs, your wedding party will feel pampered in deluxe suites featuring private decks with their own mineral spring tubs. Plus—with close proximity to the sands of Avila Beach, you can easily take romantic wedding photos along the water before heading to this grand garden for your ceremony and reception.

The gardens of the Sycamore Mineral Springs

Avila Lighthouse Suites

With an oceanfront sun deck showcasing amazing views of the Avila Beach Pier and glittering blue Pacific, Avila Lighthouse Suites gets you as close to the water as you want to be. With a guest capacity of up to 110 guests, you'll enjoy a vibrant and dynamic setting suited for any style of beach wedding you choose. Just steps from the sands of picture-perfect Avila Beach, enjoy all-suite accommodations, resort-quality amenities, and professional event planning services. Select from a range of wedding packages encompassing large and small ceremonies on the sand, a cocktail hour on a sun-dappled outdoor patio, or a reception in their Point San Luis Banquet Room, among other customizable options.

Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach
The Avila Lighthouse Suites are just steps from the beach

Beach Overlook at Avila Beach Golf Resort

A manicured putting green set against the coastal sunset makes for truly a remarkable setting to your big day when you book the Beach Overlook at Avila Beach Golf Resort. Celebrate with friends and family while surrounded by panoramic estuary and mountain views. Choose from indoor and outdoor event areas, including a ceremony on the grass Pavilion or a cocktail hour on the Beach Club Terrace overlooking the sand. Say “I do” under a gazebo set at the edge of a scenic manmade lake, pitch a tent on the lawn for a seated outdoor feast or shimmy with your betrothed on a covered dance floor aglow in string lights.

Avila Beach Golf Resort
Waterfront views along the Avila Beach Golf Resort

Oceano and Nipomo Wedding Venues

Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens

With fragrant flowers blooming, sweet birds chirping and a charming old fashioned ambiance, Nipomo's Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens gives your wedding a touch of something vintage. With a lush garden for outdoor ceremonies, this regal Victorian estate offers colorful rooms and suites with unique features like private patios and stained glass windows. With a maximum guest list of 250 people and both the house and gardens to utilize as you wish, you'll experience a grand combination of modern convenience and classic, time-honored elegance

Oceano Dunes

For those who crave an off-road and adventurous wedding, the Oceano Dunes make for an exciting and unconventional coastal venue. Managed by California State Parks, the Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area is the only beach of its kind that you can drive on (yes, ceremonies are permitted in the motorized portion of the park). Whether you slide into an ATV or steer your own four wheels along the surf, you're sure to explore the road less traveled with your soulmate. Plus, camping and bonfires are also permitted on this beach, so you can enjoy an outdoor reception complete with marshmallows and stargazing galore.

A couple walking on sand dunes at the Oceano Dunes
Roaming through the picturesque dunes of Oceano

Wine Country Weddings

Famous for rolling green hills, lush vineyards, rustic ranches and wine barrels, wine country weddings along Highway 1 are romantic, scenic and incredibly photo-worthy. From rugged ranches dotted with majestic oak trees and antique barns strung with twinkle lights to the simple grandeur of verdant vines, you'll find unique wedding venues nestled all along Highway 1's coveted slice of coastline from Edna Valley and San Luis Obispo to Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. Whether you want to invite your wedding party for a romp along one of the region’s many wine trails or aim to spend your honeymoon in a cottage lounging by the beach, you'll find a thousand reasons to say “I do” to a wedding in wine country.

A wedding ceremony with vineyard views

Need more information?

Contact Information for State/County Managed beach venues:

California State Parks, Coastal Division Office

805.927.2070

www.parks.ca.gov

County of San Luis Obispo Parks and Rec Department

805.781.5930 ext 4 

slocountyparks.com

Cambria Community Services District, Ranch Manager

805.927.6220 

cambriacsd.org

Port San Luis Harbor District

805.595.5400

portsanluis.com

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Customized Hiking Adventure Tours

Each exclusive hiking trip - be it an introduction to Big Sur or an exploration of Montana de Oro State Park - treats the participant to unparalleled vistas, varied flora and fauna, and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of all we encounter.

Your guided adventure includes learning about the terrain, our coastal plant communities, the geology, the history of the Central Coast and much more.

Customized Multi-Sport Adventure Tour

It is my pleasure - and intention - to introduce visitors and locals alike to the wonders of kayaking and hiking the varied ecosystems in this region! From hiking the numerous trails of Montana De Oro, and paddling the varied coastal nooks and crannies in the Morro Bay Estuary, your custom multi-sport tour with me will be the highlight of your vacation!

Coastal Hiking Adventure Tours

The sky is the limit when it comes to how you want your day to look. Gourmet picnics in scenic locations CAN be part of your tour on spectacular trails for all levels of hiking skills.

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Whether you prefer lagers, wild ales, IPAs or porters, our stretch of Highway 1 has beer for every kind of palate. This is home to pioneering brewers who have helped usher the craft beer movement to the nation and the world. They also inspired younger brewers to start their own labels, putting their own unique stamp on the beers they brew. But these beers aren’t all for hop heads: they’re brews that anyone can explore and enjoy. The area offers a nice selection of sites to visit, from family-friendly beer gardens, to tap rooms and brewpubs. Definitely don’t miss the taverns available here, too, which often fall into dive-bar territory. The Central Coast is home to an establishment dubbed the Best Dive Bar in California, but there are plenty of other local contenders, too. And because these beers are made within spitting distance of the golden Highway 1 coastline, your mug just might come with an ocean view. No matter where you stay on your Highway 1 vacation, you’re sure to find a new favorite beer nearby.

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Ragged Point Restaurant

The ocean views at this popular north coast restaurant are reason enough to visit, but the beer is a close second. Ragged Point Restaurant boasts eight beers on tap plus a variety of bottled options, ranging from local brews to imported favorites. If you can’t make it to any other local brewery, this is a great place to stop and sample brews from several producers. Ragged Point Restaurant carries Barrelhouse Brewing, Figueroa Mountain, and Firestone-Walker, all made locally. Other labels include California pioneer Anchor Steam, Stella Artois, Corona, and Budweiser. The bar also offers non-alcoholic beer as well as cider. Pick up a pint and settle in on the massive outdoor courtyard with cliffside views of the ocean. Pair your suds with appetizers and small bites from the restaurant’s menu, and make an evening of it. Ragged Point provides access to some of the world’s prettiest ocean sunsets, so it’s a terrific place to end your day.

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Enjoying the outdoor atmosphere at Ragged Point Restaurant

927 Beer Company

Located in Cambria, 927 Beer Company calls itself a community “nano-brewery,” rather than a microbrewery. It’s definitely a local affair here — so local, in fact, the company name refers to Cambria’s original phone prefix. (It was formerly known as the “Cambria Beer Company.”) The taproom at 927 Beer Company pours “pints by the sea,” with several regular taps and some seasonal/rotating ones. Choose from the Toyon Red Ale, Pinedorado Pale Ale, Old #23 Robust Porter, Green Valley American IPA, and Through The Mist Saison. Other seasonal and one-off brews include an IPA, golden sour, dark sour saison, tripel IPA (at 12.2% ABV!) and oatmeal stout. One of their beers is even called Slab Town Pale Ale after Cambria’s original town name. Grab a pint or grab a flight if you want to try several beers at once. The brewery doesn’t offer food, but there are several dining options within walking distance in Cambria’s West Village. Because this is only a taproom and not a restaurant, folks under 21 aren’t allowed, but pups are welcome on leash.

Mozzi’s Saloon

This classic dive bar dates back to 1866 when Mozzi’s was one of a handful of saloons in Cambria’s East Village. Over the years, the building burned down and ownership changed hands, with the Camozzi family owning the business from 1922 to 1965. During their era, the Camozzis constructed the two-story building seen on Main Street today. In addition to the saloon, it included a 12-room hotel, barbershop, card room and pool hall. In the years since, it has seen many wild nights (and days) including both horses and motorcycles rearing through the front door. Today, it retains its old independent spirit and was recently named the Best Dive Bar in California by Trip Savvy.  Enjoy happy hour on weekdays and live music on weeknights. Or just pop in to look at the historic photos and risque paintings around the bar. Expect a classic lineup of beers on tap, along with a few local favorites, as well as a full bar.

The historic entrance to Mozzi's Saloon in Cambria

West End Bar & Grill

For over 30 years, the West End Bar & Grill has served pub food, beer, wine and cocktails in Cambria’s quaint West Village. This is a cozy spot to catch the game, with five screens streaming NFL Ticket, MLB Extra Innings, and NHL Center Ice. Check out the 16 beers on tap, including microbrews from heavy hitters like Deschutes, Stone, Golden Road, Elysian, and Russian River. You’ll also always find locally-brewed beers on tap from the likes of Firestone-Walker and SLO Brew. Can’t decide? Order a flight of five 4-ounce pours to explore your options. West End also offers a selection of 25 bottled beers, 20 wines, and 150 spirits. Pair your drink of choice with one or more of West End’s famous dishes, including “Cambria’s Best” fish and chips. Chili cheese fries, burgers, ribeye steak dinners, and shrimp cocktail round out the menu of classic pub fare. Order a cold one, catch the score, and make friends with the locals in this charming sports bar hideaway.

Old Cayucos Tavern & Card Room

It’s tough to miss the Old Cayucos Tavern & Card Room on the downtown stretch of North Ocean Avenue. A large mural on the building’s exterior reads “Old Cayucos Tavern, Live Entertainment, Card Room since 1906.” Indeed, the Old Cayucos Tavern has been a wild spot for locals and tourists alike since the turn of the 20th century. The first thing most people notice inside are the dollar bills hanging from the ceiling. (Stapling bills to the ceiling is a tradition dating back to the Gold Rush — several saloons in the West have bill-covered ceilings.) The next thing they likely notice is the life-sized pinups painted opposite the bar. Come in for beer, wine or cocktails, plus pool and shuffleboard. The poker room opens on Friday and Saturday nights for $40 buy-in no limit holdem. Also watch for live music and dancing on those nights. The Old Cayucos Tavern also hosts live trivia on Tuesdays.

The Olde Alehouse

Located in charming Los Osos-Baywood Park, The Olde Alehouse pours craft beer, ciders and sours alongside simple pub food. Twenty taps feature local microbrews, including Firestone-Walker, Liquid Gravity, Barrelhouse Brewing, Topa Topa Brewing Co, Santa Maria Brewery and Figueroa Mountain. SLO Cider always has a tap at Olde Alehouse, as does Whalebird Kombucha. Tap takeovers happen regularly here, with visits from There Does Not Exist, Founders, Lagunitas, Santa Maria Brewing, Topa Topa and several others. Pop-up restaurant Hawker SLO regularly serves food here, with simple, flavorful pub food like nachos, pretzels, tri tip sliders and more. The back patio has a stage that welcomes bands and musicians of all styles, with seating throughout like a beer garden. Sunday afternoons, in particular, are magical on this back patio, with music, brews, and a chill weekend vibe. This is a pet- and family-friendly spot that’s perfect for relaxing with a local beer, local tunes, and good friends.

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The extensive craft beer selection at The Olde Alehouse

Beerwood

Located in Los Osos-Baywood Park and previously known as the Baywood Tavern, Beerwood features a selection of 12 craft beers on tap. These include local brews like Wild Fields Brewing, M. Special Brewing, and Liquid Gravity, plus kombucha, cider, and sours. The owners worked here under previous ownership and saw the spot’s potential, bringing in more local beers, plus elevated pub food. Case in point: the beautiful charcuterie plate, made with seasonal fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, cheeses, olives, local sourdough and cured meats. Indeed there’s more to Beerwood than just...beer. The restaurant serves hearty breakfast bowls, breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches all day, plus fresh salads and sandwiches. The outside patio offers plenty of family-friendly seating, as well as ample room for four-legged friends. Bring friends, bring the kids, and bring Fido — Beerwood is a warm neighborhood spot to enjoy a pint and great food. Locals tip: On Mondays, the Baywood Farmer’s Market sets up right on Beerwood’s front doorstep, with produce, entertainment, and snacks. Make a day of it and lounge on the pub’s patio after shopping and walking the market.

Sweet Springs Saloon

This spot is a Central Coast institution known for good times, strong drinks and live entertainment. “Sweeties” (as the locals call it) has all the hallmarks of a classic dive, with wood-paneled walls, a well-worn bar, and plenty of neon. The full bar has a particularly strong whiskey selection, plus 10 beers on tap. Expect a lineup of local favorites like Barrelhouse Brewing and Firestone-Walker, domestic macrobrews and a few imports like Stella Artois and Corona. The pub offers shuffleboard, darts and pool, and several TVs for sports. The locals know Sweeties as a music venue where bands from all over settle in for a night on the Sweet Springs stage. When music isn’t live, catch it on the jukebox — or it might even be you singing your favorite song on karaoke nights. You may come for the drinks, but you’ll stay for the warm vibe and friendly service of this favorite neighborhood joint.

The Libertine

Libertine made a name for itself as a wild ale and sours producer, using ambient native yeast to aid in the fermentation process. These beers are completely unique to their vicinity, as particles and local characteristics wind up as part of the brew (much like sourdough). Wild ales have a flavor all their own — if you’ve never tried one, definitely start with a Libertine. And if you’re already a sour fan, you’ll love this pioneering pub. The Libertine began in Morro Bay and has a gastropub in San Luis Obispo, while the Avila Beach location focuses totally on beer. Come to downtown Avila Beach to try Libertine’s sours, as well as several other non-sour collaborative brews with other producers. Beers are available by the pint or in bottles and crowlers for take-away. A cozy patio overlooking San Miguel Street makes this a great spot to sit and sip a while.

PierFront Wine & Brew

The scene at PierFront Wine & Brew is special, considering its enviable position on the Avila Beach Promontory. From a table on the front patio, it’s possible to watch the waves rolling in, kayakers paddling, and sailboats a little further out. This is a comfy place to settle in, offering over 30 bottled beers and six tap handles on regular rotation. Those are predominantly (if not completely) local labels like Central Coast Brewing, Firestone-Walker, Liquid Gravity, SLO Brew and Figueroa Mountain. The bar also serves local wines, ciders, hard root beer, and non-alcoholic beer, so there’s something for everyone. PierFront also offers nibbles alongside their drinks, like charcuterie plates and even chocolate tasting. The indoor setting is cozy and relaxed, with upholstered chairs and sofas available for lounging an afternoon or evening away. When the weather is pleasant, head outside to the beachfront patio; when it’s foggy, come inside to play one of PierFront’s many board games. Tap takeovers and live entertainment happen regularly here, too.

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PierFront Wine & Brew located just steps from the Avila Pier

Mr Ricks

So much of what makes this fun beachfront bar special is exactly that: Mr. Ricks is right on the beach. Just steps from the sand, Mr. Ricks is an institution, having served drinks to Avila Beach locals and visitors alike for years. Beer is the focus here, with 16 varieties on tap and another 20 in bottle. Firestone-Walker, Lagunitas, Topa Topa and SLO Brew make up some of the local offerings on tap, plus Pacifico, Modelo and Coors. The full bar also serves signature drinks like Mr. Ricks’ outrageous Bloody Mary with all (and we mean all) the fixings. Enjoy happy hour on weekdays, with specials on pitchers of beer and cocktails, plus appetizers. Mr. Ricks serves pub grub like nachos, fish and chips and jalapeno poppers, all of which can be enjoyed on the beachfront patio. Alternatively, sit inside at the bar, which has exposed brick walls and a swordfish hanging on the wall. Mr. Ricks is known as a popular venue for live music as well, with bands and musicians playing every weekend.

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A day of beach and brews at Mr. Ricks in Avila

Humdinger Brewing

Perched on the edge of the charming and historic Arroyo Grande Village, Humdinger Brewing came on the craft beer scene in 2019. All 12 beers on tap are brewed by Humdinger, including hard seltzer, IPAs, blondes, sours, lagers, and wheat beers. Pilsners, stouts, and even fruit beer can be found on the menu here, depending on availability, the season, and what the brewer decides to make. Humdinger also offers SLO Cider, Whalebird Kombucha, and local wines — as well as select guest taps. Drinks are served alongside popular appetizers like beer nuts, dipping potatoes, pork belly nachos, and chicharrones, plus sandwiches, tacos and pasta. The interior features roll-up warehouse doors and a bar facing onto Branch Street for prime people watching. On weekends, you can find bands and musicians playing live inside or on the little patio. Order a pint, sit down with friends, and discover the many brews of this fun, friendly brewery.

Humdinger Brewing
Listening to live music while sipping some amazing local beer

Mason Bar & Kitchen

Converted from the old JJ’s Market in the Arroyo Grande Village, Mason Bar & Brewery serves craft beer, local wines, cocktails, lunch and dinner. The spot comprises two sides: the restaurant side, and the bar side. At the bar, find 20 taps that rotate regularly with heavy-hitting craft breweries like Russian River, Los Coast, Maine Beer Company and Allagash. Local producers include There Does Not Exist, Firestone-Walker, SLO Brew, Central Coast Brewing and others. In bottles, Mason Bar offers hard seltzer, hard kombucha and even gluten free beer. Whiskey is another major focus for Mason Bar, which pours 25 types of bourbon and whiskey, and which is reminiscent of a whiskey lounge. Mixologists use house-made syrups, freshly pressed juices and craft ice for the cocktail program. The bar also offers pre-mixed barrel-aged cocktails like Boulevardiers, Negroni, and Manhattans. Everything pairs nicely with Mason Bar’s elevated gastropub dishes, from burgers and pasta to vegetables and even dessert.

Santa Maria Brewing Co.

At San Luis Obispo County’s southernmost edge, this brewpub features 18 taps of Santa Maria Brewing Company beer. These include hard seltzers, wheat beers, lagers, pilsners, ales, IPAs, and more. Some of the rarer offerings include the RimFire Imperial Red Ale, the Cra-Hazy New England IPA, and the B410 Imperial IPA. The taps are organized by weight and style: light, malt-forward, hop-forward, and dark. On the food menu, a wide variety of options include appetizers, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, and BBQ. Favorite orders like Filet Mignon Tacos, Pulled Pork Taquitos, and the Buffalo Chicken Wrap pair perfectly with the fresh beers on offer. Watch the big game on Santa Maria Brewing Co’s several widescreen TVs, or hear live music from the SMBC stage. Musicians and bands play indoors on the SMBC stage or outdoors on the patio — and everyone’s encouraged to dance. So settle in for an afternoon or evening of local beer and local music.

Other beer gardens & breweries close to Highway 1:

Paso Robles

This area has become famous for its wines, but beer from Paso Robles is equally stellar. Start with a pint or two at Barrelhouse Brewing Co, located in the industrial zone of Tin City, and one of the most popular brewhouses around. Barrelhouse serves a wide variety of beers from juicy blondes to bright IPAs and roasty, toasty stouts. Enjoy the spacious beer garden, live music and a relaxed party atmosphere on weekends. 

Firestone-Walker Brewing is another must-see brewery in Paso Robles. The Firestone-Walker label depicts a bear duking it out with a lion, which represents Californian Adam Firestone and Englishman David Walker, the brewery’s owners. The tension between West Coast-style beer and English draughts is what makes these beers such giants in the craft brewing industry. And with the release of their easy-drinking 805 Original Ale in 2012, the brand became a sensation across the West Coast. Stop in at the visitor’s center to book a tour of the brewery, or grab a pint from 14 taps at the Taproom and bites from the full gastropub menu. Don’t miss the Firestone-Walker Emporium across the street, where cold packaged beer, growlers, crowlers, and kegs can be purchased. This is also the spot to pick up Firestone-Walker and 805 Original apparel and merchandise.

Barrelhouse Brewing Co
Barrelhouse Brewing Co in Paso Robles

Pismo and Grover Beach

Located off Highway 101 just south of Pismo Beach, Manrock Brewing is a brewpub with 17 taps of their own eclectic beers. The brewers at Manrock take the opportunity to experiment and explore with their recipes — you never know what will be on tap! Start light with a Berliner Weiss, blonde or pale ale, or go hoppy with classic, West Coast, juicy and hazy IPAs. (If you show up on the right day, you might even discover a double or tripel hazy IPA on tap here.) Brewers play with lactose milkshake IPAs, experimental yeast, and carbonic maceration. A nice variety of woodfired pizza, sliders, and other pub fare, plus regular live music on stage, make this a one-stop shop for fun and flavor. 

Just over the hill from Manrock, find boutique brewer Bittersweet Brewing Company. This family-owned business offers just a handful of taps, with a focus on blondes, hefeweizen, and IPAs. Bittersweet Brewing also produces their own fruit-driven hard seltzer; in fact, they try to put at least one local ingredient in each batch of beer. Come in for a pint, and take home cans and crowlers for later. 

And just one block from the Pismo Pier on Pomeroy Avenue, you’ll find Pismo Brewing. With an always-changing selection of house-brewed beers on six taps (plus their own root beer), Pismo Brewing makes a fun day at the beach that much more fun. Beers often include a blonde, pale, red and brown ale, and an IPA. Order appetizers, tacos, sandwiches, and pizzas from the menu and dine on their patio, ideal for families and pets.

Manrock Brewing
Fresh brews out at Manrock Brewing

San Luis Obispo (SLO)

SLO is home to several longtime respected breweries as well as a few promising newbies, all located in or on the border of Edna Valley. Beer lovers looking for something deliciously different will like There Does Not Exist Brewery, off Suburban Road. This is an insider’s hangout, with clean surfaces, provocative paintings and a constantly-changing rotation of beers on tap. Try the Kolsch-style beer on a hot day, or dip into a dark lager or porter. 

Just around the corner on Tank Farm Road, Oak and Otter Brewing Co serves small-batch beers in a variety of styles. This is another boutique brewery with a strong following, pouring light, hoppy, amber, porter, and stout beers. Order a pub pretzel, nachos, charcuterie board, salads, or hot dogs — with several vegetarian options — for a fun, relaxed meal. 

Near the SLO Airport, SLO Brew at the Rock offers its pioneering craft beer, a beer garden, pub menu, and entertainment venue. This is a very family-friendly and pet-friendly spot, with outdoor seating, games, and a wide selection of beers on tap. Locals tip: hit up Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills next door for SLO Brew’s whiskey distillery. 

At Liquid Gravity Brewing, hazies and West Coast IPAs rule the roost, with some lighter and darker beers in the mix, too. A nice open patio and outdoor stage welcome families, pets, and music-lovers. Foodies love the rotating cast of pop-up restaurants that serve Asian noodles, lasagna, tacos and more. 

And at small craft brewery Bang the Drum, an eclectic rotation of beers range from blonde ale to a hibiscus saison and chipotle smoked porter. Enjoy pints, flights and take-away cans, growlers and crowlers. Bang the Drum also offers live music, open mic nights, trivia, salsa dancing, and patio games, making it family-friendly and pet-friendly, too.

Want someone else to decide which breweries to visit? Hop On Beer Tours is a SLO-based tour provider that brings groups of up to 15 or 20 to breweries in “pub-style limo” buses. Enjoy snacks and a cold one on the ride, learn about your destination from knowledgeable guides, and get there and back safely.

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Explore The Village of Arroyo Grande

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The Strawberry Festival

Over nearly four decades, the Strawberry Festival grew to become the largest free festival in San Luis Obispo County. The event featured 300 booths, 3 carnival areas, a shutdown of Branch Street, Bridge Street, and the Olohan Alley — and millions of strawberries. Entertainment ran on multiple stages throughout the Village, from clowns and dance troupes to bands and puppet shows. Sunset Magazine once named it “The Place to be on Memorial Weekend,” with over 100,000 people in attendance in recent years. In fact, the Strawberry Festival grew so large, the event organizers had to offer shuttle service to and from off-site parking venues. The Strawberry Festival began as a simple celebration of all things strawberry, with proceeds going to Village improvements. With its massive growth, the event brought people — both vendors and visitors — from all over the West. The strain on the little Arroyo Grande Village proved to be too much, and has since been reimagined as the local-centric “Strawberry Celebration.”
Arroyo Grande Farmers Market
Strolling through the booths in the Village of Arroyo Grande

The “Strawberry Celebration”

In its new format, the Strawberry Celebration will focus on supporting local businesses and celebrating the bounty of Arroyo Grande agriculture. The event continues to take place over the Memorial Day weekend, with happenings from Saturday morning through Monday afternoon. Take in the farmers’ market near the Village Gazebo on Olohan Alley, and pick up some of the sweetest ruby-red strawberries on earth. Then head to the Strawberry Blonde Contest, in which little ones compete for who has the reddest head of hair. On Sunday, bring your low-back beach chair and dancing shoes to enjoy a day of concerts in the park from local musicians. On Monday, the festivities conclude with a Memorial Day remembrance and tribute at the park. In the meantime, enjoy music and art inside the Village’s businesses, which are dressed up and festive for the weekend. Village restaurants offer strawberry-themed dishes and drinks to get visitors in the spirit, as do select local vendors in the car corral parking area.
Local strawberries fresh from Peacock Farms in Arroyo Grande

Strawberry Stampede

Like strawberries? Like to run? For the active visitor who enjoys a good race, this Arroyo Grande Village event has coincided with the Strawberry Celebration since 1987. Come for the Strawberry Celebration, and get a good workout in, too! The Kiwanis of Greater Pismo Beach host the Strawberry Stampede each year, including a 5K run, 10K run, and 5K walk. The 5K run or walk takes you out and back on a 3.1-mile course that starts and ends in Heritage Square Park. The course is quite flat, leading out from the Arroyo Grande Village into agricultural land nearby. The 10K run travels a separate route into the countryside near Huasna, looping back to Branch Mill Road and returning to the start. This course includes quite a few gently rolling hills and a flat at the end, perfect for sprinting to the finish line. Every participant and volunteer gets refreshments, the highlight being large quantities of fresh, locally-grown strawberries.

Things to do over Memorial Weekend

Hiking AG Valley and Lopez Lake

When you can’t eat another strawberry (is there such a moment, really?) head out to one of Arroyo Grande and Lopez Lake’s many hiking trails. These travel around the lake and within 10 miles of the Village of Arroyo Grande. You can find a lot of variety in the trails available here, from a hike out into the Garcia Wilderness to short family walks by Lopez Lake. A locals’ favorite is the Little Falls Trail and Big Falls Trail, found off Hi Mountain Road behind the Lopez Lake Recreation Area. Though off the beaten path, they offer hidden waterfalls and swimming holes that are worth the effort. Bring a picnic from a Village eatery or one of the boutique wineries in Edna Valley or the Arroyo Grande Valley. And make sure to bring your phone for Instagram-worthy shots of the high mountain views, rolling hills, lake, waterfalls, wildlife and seasonal wildflowers.
Hiking the trails in the Valley of Arroyo Grande

Lopez Lake Water Activities

The area in and around the Lopez Lake State Recreation Area offers many fun ways to enjoy the water and the warm weather. Check out the Lopez Lake Marina where you can rent kayaks, canoes, power boats, jet skis, wave runners and even house boats. You can also find everything you need for fishing bass off the dock, shore, or boat. One of the favorite hot spots in the park is the Mustang Waterpark. Here you’ll find a set of long waterslides, jacuzzis, a play area for little ones, and a snack bar. Rent a cabana and spend the whole day here, with plenty of affordable fun for the whole family. Daredevils will want to hit the Vista Lago Adventure Park, with over 50 elements varying in difficulty for visitors. Test your agility on the ropes course, or get the adrenaline pumping on one of three zip lines that cruise over the lake.
Fishing Boat Lopez Lake
A day of fishing along Lopez Lake

Wine Tasting

The Central Coast of California is respected across the country as a premier wine tasting region — but no stuffiness allowed. Jeans, tee shirts, flip flops and cowboy boots are the preferred choices here. Check out the Arroyo Grande Valley for wineries that make serious wines without any of the pretense. Chardonnay, pinot noir and Champagne-style sparkling wine can be found here, as well as some pinot gris and tempranillo. Edna Valley to the north offers these as well as unusual whites and cool-climate Rhone varieties. Most wineries are family-owned, so the person pouring your wine might very well be the person tending the vines and driving the tractor. Some wineries supply picnic fixings, as well as boutiques with apparel, books and gifts. Even if wine isn’t your thing, the drive through the vines is well worth a spin. Put the top down and wind through the beautiful countryside, just down the road and around the corner from the Arroyo Grande Village.
Wine tasting and bocce ball at Baileyana Winery

The Beach

Along Highway 1, you’re never far from a soft, white sand beach with jaw-dropping views. Visit one of the nearest beaches to Arroyo Grande like the Oceano Dunes, just five miles west of the Village. Enjoy one of the country’s largest dune complexes, complete with sweeping vistas of Pismo Beach, Shell Beach and beyond to Point San Luis. That’s not to mention seaside horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and biplane rides. Or drive just 11 miles north to Avila Beach, through a sycamore forest. The quaint Avila Beach community offers sun, sand, surf, and lots of fun for everyone from toddlers to grandparents. Spend a day on the sand, either at the long Avila Beach, Fisherman’s Beach, or Olde Port Beach. You’ll also want to grab a seafood lunch, ice cream or shaved ice, and definitely some saltwater taffy. Walk the Promenade for boutique shopping and wine tasting, and don’t miss a stroll down the historic Avila Beach Pier.
Oceano Dunes Aerial View
Exploring the sandy dunes of Oceano

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Located at the meeting of freshwater run-off and the saltwater ocean, the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is a jewel of natural Los Osos. At 32 acres, the preserve is owned by the Morro Coast Audubon Society and includes hiking trails, interpretive signs, footbridges, and memorial benches. Local and migratory birds, as well as many other wildlife species, favor these saltwater marsh wetlands, the cypresses, pines and eucalyptus trees. This bayside forest offers views of Morro Rock in the distance, and even plays host to a congregation of migratory Monarch Butterflies. Locals and visitors visit Sweet Springs year-round, enjoying its peace and tranquility, abundant wildlife viewing opportunities, and rambling trails. The preserve is open from dawn to dusk, with parking at 660 Ramona Avenue in Los Osos Baywood Park. This ADA-accessible parking lot meets with a granite trail and raised boardwalk. Remember that this is a quiet and preserved natural space; avoid making a negative impact on the environment here. Keep noise to a minimum with quiet voices and activities, and pack out all litter. The Morro Coast Audubon Society prohibits pets, fires, smoking, bicycles, drones, collection of plants, boating, swimming, beach access and firearms at the preserve. The MCAS also strictly prohibits feeding, hunting, and harassing wildlife. By committing to learning more about the natural habitat here, you can participate in our Stewardship Travel for Good program. There are also many volunteer opportunities within the Morro Coast Audubon Society to help maintain this beautiful preserve. 

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History of the Preserve

The Sweet Springs Nature Preserve is some of the most desirable property along Highway 1, facing the beautiful back bay of the Morro Bay National Estuary. From as far back as 500 AD, this land sustained the lives of indigenous Chumash people, as discovered through archeological artifacts found here. The abundance of the estuary and the safety it offered must have made this an especially beneficial place. European explorers arrived in the late 1700s with Spanish captain Gaspar de Portola, whose expedition traveled up the California coast in 1769. It was Portola whose sailors named the town Los Osos after the bears they observed here.

Nearly 100 years later, Los Osos had been well established as a farming and ranching area. Developers filed a map with the County Recorder’s office that shows a subdivision where Sweet Springs Preserve stands now. The subdivision was never built, but another developer, Walter Refield, tried to do so in 1919. He bought 3000 lots near what’s now Baywood, and sold many of them for $10 each. It is very likely that Sweet Springs was part of that development. Another owner, Charles Ferrell, also owned 220 acres of Sweet Springs, and built the now-gone Duck Inn on the property in 1920. The trees that populate Sweet Springs Nature Preserve were planted by Richard Stuart Otto, yet another real estate developer who established Baywood Park. The land served several functions until the mid 1907s, including irrigation for potato farming, and hosting a mobile home park.

But in 1975, the Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) stepped in, asking the California Wildlife Conservation Board to preserve Sweet Springs. In the meantime, property holders the Morro Palisades Company applied for permits to build a hotel there. When the public resisted, the MPC eventually gave up on the hotel, donating 24 acres to the State Coastal Conservancy. This essentially established the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. The State Coastal Conservancy donated Sweet Springs to the Morro Coast Audubon Society, which opened the preserve to the public in 2002. MCAS acquired another 8 acres in 2008, which opened in 2017 as Sweet Springs East.

Sweet Springs Aerial View
Aerial views of The Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

Bird watching at Sweet Springs

Bird watching is a highlight of any visit to Sweet Springs. The preserve lies along the Pacific Flyway, a superhighway for at least one billion birds that migrate between Alaska and Patagonia. And while Sweet Springs sees more than its fair share of visiting birds, local species also abound. In total, since the 1990s, birders have recorded a total of 350 species of birds at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. Migratory waterfowl species seen here include blue-winged teal, brand, northern shovelers, long-billed curlews, black-bellied plovers, and sandpipers. Many species stop here for the safety the preserve provides for breeding. These include red-tailed hawks, California quail, great-horned owls, and white-crowned sparrows. For more information on visiting species, check the bird watching board next to Sweet Springs’ observation deck.

Sweet Springs Observation Deck
The observation deck is ideal for bird watching

Endangered species at Sweet Springs

As its name states, the Sweet Springs Nature Preserve seeks to protect the natural abundance and life of its 32 acres of open space. With that in mind, visitors to the preserve should plan to be hands-off with wildlife, and extremely mindful of their impact here. Habitat loss and invasive species have endangered several species at Sweet Springs, all of which the Morro Coast Audubon Society seeks to protect. These include, notably, the Morro shoulderband snail. Endemic to California’s Central Coast, this snail has been listed as a federal critically endangered species since 1994. The Morro Coast Audubon Society has made special efforts to rehabilitate the Morro shoulderband snail; check signs on the trail for more information. Other endangered species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve include the Cooper’s Hawk, silvery legless lizard, and Morro blue butterfly. Check our Wildlife Viewing Tips for ways to enjoy your visit while respecting and preserving Sweet Springs’ wildlife.

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve Trail
Walk along the protected pathways of the preserve

Nearby Activities

Montana de Oro State Park

Once you’ve visited this 8,000-acre, sprawling state park, you’ll understand why people come back to it again and again. Hike, mountain bike, and horseback ride on miles of trails, across sandy dunes, over seaside cliffs and through eucalyptus forests. Surfing, kayaking, and picnic are also popular here. Don’t miss the historic Spooner House, which once sheltered cattle ranchers where the state park stands today.

Bluff hike at Montana De Oro State Park in Los Osos, CA
Scenic views of Montana de Oro State Park

Los Osos Oaks State Reserve

The oak trees that spread across this 90-acre coastal dune habitat date back as far as 800 years. Their limbs, branches, and trunks are gnarled, long, and expansive, offering a natural playground for visitors to enjoy. Three trails wind through the reserve, totaling 1.5 miles through this quiet, ancient oak forest.

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The tree lined trails of the Los Osos Oaks State Reserve

Elfin Forest

The Elfin Forest stands on the northeast end of Los Osos Baywood Park, facing onto the Morro Bay National Estuary. The forest is so named after its tiny elfin oak trees, whose growth has been stunted from hundreds of years growing in the Los Osos dunes. Visitors enjoy a one-mile ADA-accessible boardwalk, with platforms for viewing the estuary’s abundant bird population.

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Enjoy these Elfin Oaks at one of the many viewing areas around the forest

Kayaking the Estuary

Bring or rent a kayak and paddle your way across the Morro Bay National Estuary, a treasure of natural splendor in Los Osos Baywood Park. Your trip might take you to the sandspit beach where soft dunes roll for miles before tumbling into the Pacific Ocean. Or perhaps you’ll want to see otters around the bend toward Morro Bay, or paddle past the oyster farms that lie here. Terrific bird watching opportunities abound across the estuary, and the waters are calm enough for family fun.

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Taking the kayaks out to explore the Estuary

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Fun in the sun? Absolutely. When it comes to having a good time, Avila Beach parks offer the best possible conditions. The average temperature in this quaint beachfront town ranges between a comfortable 64 degrees F and 72 degrees F. The white sands of the beach are always close by, with attractions like surfing, swimming, fishing, barbecuing and sunbathing. Consider a park in Avila Beach as your base camp for family fun, or a secondary spot to play the day away. Have a swashbuckling adventure in a pretend pirate ship or play a pickup basketball game to the sound of rolling waves. Purchase provisions for an impromptu dinner at the Avila Beach Farmers’ Market, and picnic at the park. Very few seaside towns have such accessible, beautifully designed spaces open to the public, just steps from the sand. Keep the young and the young-at-heart entertained all day long, close to the Avila Beach Pier and Promenade.

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Pirates Park on Avila Beach

Ahoy, matey! The Pirate Park in Avila Beach is the only pirate-themed park in the region, and a favorite with local kids and their grownups. Enjoy a play structure built for little rapscallions as well as a structure built for older ones. Kids can climb, crawl, swing, hang, shimmy and slide on these play structures to their hearts’ content. There’s also a pirate ship fort, complete with a crow’s nest and a bridge underneath. Sand surrounds these structures, making for a soft landing, while a comfy lawn surrounds the whole park. Bring lunch, dinner, a snack or ice cream to the picnic tables, or spread out a blanket on the grass. The park also includes a full-sized basketball court, restrooms, showers, and vending machines — all of this mere feet from the beach. For access to family-friendly marine creatures, check out the Central Coast Aquarium, located at the other end of the lawn. The Avila Beach Pier, and Promenade lie nearby, too, where you can indulge in ice cream, rent boogie boards, and shop.

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A day of play at Pirates Park in beautiful Avila Beach

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Avila Beach consistently lands on anglers’ bucket lists for good reason: the fishing and the views are excellent here. For those without a watercraft, two piers invite anglers of all ages and abilities to drop a line. Rockfishing in this area is also particularly good, for those willing to reach the prime spots. Kayakers will appreciate the easy access to quiet waters where halibut, salmon, and even coastal steelhead migrate. (Coastal steelhead, however, are a protected species.) For those with their own fishing vessel, salmon, albacore, and long range rock cod can be found further out in the deep sea. And for those looking to charter a boat or take a fishing tour, local company Patriot Sportfishing offers expert guidance. (They also sell fishing licenses on Harford Pier.) In the meantime, enjoy the stunning scenery in and around San Luis Bay, with its historic piers and lighthouse, salty air and sunshine. All fishing opportunities lie close to the quaint seaside town of Avila Beach and all its charms, too.

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Pier fishing in Avila Beach

The small town of Avila Beach boasts three piers, each with its own rich history. Each is located in close proximity to food, shopping and playgrounds — everything a family could need to stay entertained all day. Remember that fishing off California piers does not require a license, making it possible for anyone to try their hand at the sport. Common catches here include surfperch and white croaker, though schools of queenfish and small leopard sharks can be found in some springtime months. For catching surfperch, expert anglers recommend baiting with bloodworms, pile worms, sand crabs, ghost shrimp, and fresh mussels. For catching white croakers, anchovies are the bait of choice. Be aware that San Luis Obispo Creek feeds into the ocean just north of the Avila Beach Pier, which has been known to support steelhead trout. These are a protected species and must be released if caught.

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Fishing Avila Pier & Fishing Port San Luis’ Harford Pier

These two piers support a thriving fishing community of locals and visitor anglers alike. Bait and tackle can be purchased on either/both piers; restrooms and dining are available close by to each as well. Look to the Harford Pier, built in 1871, for a more commercial or serious fishing environment, less crowded and less touristed. Common catches here include mackerel, perch, rockfish, sardines, and jacksmelt. Harford Pier stands in Port San Luis Harbor, offering a bait and tackle shop as well as public fish cleaning stations. Note also that the Harford Pier is one of only a handful of driveable piers in the U.S., and has fairly plentiful parking. The Avila Beach Pier sees many tourists in the high season, and is thus a little trickier to navigate; parking can be tough. The end of the Avila Pier is closed, but fishing inshore (on the first third of the pier) can yield barred and surf perch.

Fishing Cal Poly Pier

Located between the Harford Pier and the Avila Beach Pier lies the Cal Poly Pier, the university’s educational marine research facility. It was originally built in 1914 by the Pacific Coast Railway Company and was later leased by Union Oil, or Unocal. Connected to San Luis Obispo by a narrow gauge railway, it made Avila Beach the world’s largest shipping port for crude oil. When standard gauge rail lines became the norm, the Pacific Railway Pier lost productivity. Union Oil purchased the pier in 1941, and became a significant oil port for the U.S. Navy during World War II. It remained important in the oil industry until a storm took the pier down in 1983. Unocal rebuilt it — this time with steel and concrete — and gifted it to Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics in 2001. As such, the pier is private and not available for fishing.

Rock Fishing in Avila Beach

The most popular area for rock fishing in Avila Beach lies southeast of downtown, at Mallagh Landing. This rocky outcropping served as a natural pier for Native Americans living and fishing here long before European settlers arrived. (It also acted as a hidden port for smuggling booze during the Prohibition.) Multiple water caves also welcome anglers looking to rock fish. Access this area from Highway 101 by taking Avila Beach Drive to Cave Landing Road, about 1 mile inland from the beach. From the dirt parking lot at the end of Cave Landing Road, walk the Pirates Cove - Mallagh Landing trail. This will bring you about half a mile down to the rocks. Much of the terrain is very steep cliffs and rack faces leading down to the prime rockfishing area. Hiking shoes are a must here; exercise good judgement and be cautious. Also, be aware that Pirate’s Cove is a clothing-optional beach.

The rocky shoreline along Avila Beach

Kayak Fishing in Avila Beach

Kayak anglers, rejoice: launching your rig from Avila Beach is as easy as can be, for multiple reasons. For one, the surf and swell are almost always manageable, even for the least experienced kayaker to pass over. For another, Avila Beach provides several handy launching spots. For open-water kayaking, head to the main beach at the Avila Beach Pier, and push off directly from the sand. For access to a variety of kelp beds and caves, paddle south toward Mallagh Landing/Pirates Cove and Shell Beach. This is an easier launch point than attempting to do so from the Mallagh Landing-Pirates Cove beach. There, you’ll discover plenty of visible kelp beds and rock fishing close to the beach. (You may also find nude sunbathers, as this is a clothing-optional beach, remember.) Alternatively, the area north of Avila Beach around Port San Luis makes it easy to put in with ramps and boat launches. This zone is also much more accessible by car, where you can park mere feet from the water, untie your kayak, and paddle.

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Setting out for a day of kayak fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

Exploring the deepest areas off the Pacific coast is one of the great benefits of fishing Avila Beach. With the help of experienced anglers, it’s possible to catch the beautiful ling cod, rock cod, and salmon that populate these waters. Patriot Sportfishing has an office in Avila Beach on Harford Pier in Port San Luis. They specialize in rock cod fishing at up to 300 feet and offer trips from Avila Beach in half, three-quarter and full-day increments. Depending on how much time you have, these trips can travel locally in Avila and Shell Beach, or further away. Choices include boating to Point Sal in Santa Maria, Point Purisima in Lompoc and Point Buchon in Montana De Oro State Park. Choose from long-range rockcod, albacore, and salmon trips; sometimes Patriot Sportfishing includes crab and sand dabs trips, as well. Call to book a trip on one of their three vessels: The Patriot, The Flying Fish, or The Phenix. Call to book a trip, or visit the Patriot Sportfishing store for tackle, rods and reels, hats, apparel, and annual California sportfishing licenses. Patriot Sportfishing also offers whale watching and nature cruises, both as trips and as charters.

Reeling it in out at sea

Surf Fishing in Avila Beach

While Avila Beach is definitely a fishing town, finding successful surf fishing spots can be tough. Much of this is owing to the fact that Avila Beach sees a lot of activity from people swimming along its shoreline. These are typically conducive conditions for surf fishing. The surf here is also notoriously small — good for young swimmers and new surfers, but not so for those wanting to fish from shore. That being said, surf perch are occasionally available on the southernmost and northernmost parts of Avila’s shoreline. Head to the southern edge of Avila Beach, where less people are swimming, or to Olde Port Beach in Port San Luis. These are your best bet for finding that perch you’re wanting to take home. Local anglers recommend baiting with sand crabs, grubs, and/or gulp sandworms. And if you don’t catch anything to eat? Head to the Custom House, Ocean Grill, or Mersea’s for expertly-prepared seafood, no rod or reel required.

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Surf fishing the Avila Beach shore

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Custom House

This beloved restaurant was once the “Old” Custom House for the official Port of Entry for California at San Luis Bay. Built in 1927, the Custom House saw many ships come to port until it retired. In 1971, the facility became the Custom House Restaurant, featuring fresh seafood, steaks, and cocktails served in a beachfront setting. Today, it’s known as a premium spot to watch the waves while dining on fresh local fare. Try the Custom House’s famous Bloody Mary, considered the best in the area by many locals. Lunch items focus on pub fare like burgers, nachos, salads, and sandwiches. For dinner, try an appetizer or two before indulging in a Blackened Ribeye, Teriyaki Mahi-Mahi, Fettuccine Alfredo or classic fish and chips. Indulgent desserts await the end of every meal, or just come in for starters and a glass of local wine, beer, or cocktails. The Custom House offers indoor and outdoor seating on their seaside patio — and dogs are welcome outdoors.
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The Custom House patio sits along the Avila Beach Promenade

Blue Moon Over Avila

The vibe at Blue Moon Over Avila feels similar to the south of France seaside, like Cannes or Marseilles. Bistro chairs, an ocean view, and of course the food and wine make this a destination for lovers of Mediterranean style. The menu rotates with seasonal and signature specialties, as well as local and imported wine and beer selections. (In fact, Blue Moon is known for its extensive European and international wine list.) Indulge in baked brie, baguettes, escargot, Salade Nicoise, Croque Monsieur  or Steak Au Poivre for a classic French experience. Or try a more California approach with a Blue Moon Avocado Toast or Blue Moon Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Grain Bowl. For happy hour, Blue Moon serves bites and beverages through the afternoon; profiteroles, sorbet, and macarons make for a sweet ending. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, as well as brunch on the weekend.
Blue Moon Over Avila at sunset

Mersea’s Restaurant

You can’t get much closer to the ocean than Mersea’s Restaurant on the pier. Located directly on historic Harford Pier, Mersea’s sources seafood caught moments ago for your lunch, snack, or dinner. Specialties include fish and chips, New England and Manhattan clam chowder, oysters on the halfshell and fish tacos. The full bar offers fresh classic cocktails and signature creations. Little foodies will appreciate the children’s menu with hot dogs, fish ‘n chips, chicken strips and grilled cheese. But the best part about Mersea’s really is its location: you can’t find a better perch from which to watch the port. Take a seat on the patio with a glass of local beer or wine, and watch otters and seals play in the surf. Check out the boats as they bob on their anchors, or as they come in and go from the harbor. You might even get lucky enough to watch whales feeding in the bay! Alternatively, sit inside and enjoy the bright beachy vibes of the high-ceiling interior.
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Picture perfect views at Mersea's restaurant on the pier

Fat Cats Cafe

For over a quarter-century, hungry diners have made their way to Fat Cats at the base of Harford Pier in Port San Luis. This is a familiar place where kids can be kids and appetites can be satisfied — buckle up for big burgers and breakfast, especially. At its heart, Fat Cats Cafe is really a diner, with something for everybody. (This just happens to be a diner with a killer ocean view!) Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fat Cats offers the classics. Pick up French Toast and Eggs Benedict for breakfast, clam chowder, Oyster Po’Boys, crab cakes, burgers, fish tacos and more for lunch. The restaurant provides a nice wine and beer list, as well as a kids’ menu for the littles. If you have a “fat cat” at home, make it a pilgrimage! Bring a photo of your rotund feline for the restaurant’s famous wall of big kitties.
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Fish tacos at Fat Cat's Cafe

Avila Market Restaurant & Mercantile

Situated on Front Street facing the beach, the Avila Market has been an Avila Beach institution for a century. Today, it remains an anchor on the downtown promenade, with a long list of deli options for breakfast and lunch with over 30 beers on tap. Tuck into a beach platter of calamari, fish, corn wheels, sweet potato fries and shrimp, or a slice of avocado toast. Grab pork belly, fish, carnitas or ahi tacos covered in slaw, jalapeno crema, cilantro and cotija cheese. And definitely do not miss the famous Splash Cafe clam chowder, served by the bowl. Downstairs on the lower level, the Market also contains Kravabowl, an acai bowl and smoothie shop. Choose from a series of signature acai bowl creations, or build your own. Kravabowl also offers kombucha, cold brew coffee, coconut water, and yogurt and grain/seed bowls. (The downstairs mercantile also carries beachy necessities like sunscreen, beach blankets, and more.)

Ocean Grill

The view from Ocean Grill is a little higher than that of the rest of Front Street, making it an awesome spot to catch an Avila Beach sunset. The restaurant specializes in steak, pasta and flatbreads alongside a curated list of local wine and beer. Open for dinner daily and happy hour on the weekends, this is a special place to bring a special someone. For happy hour, enjoy draft beers and wines by the glass, as well as flatbread pizzas and simple green salads. At dinner, choose from a selection of farm-to-table, ranch-to-table and ocean-to-table starters, salads, flatbreads and mains. Popular menu items include woodfired flatbreads from the outdoor pizza oven, Pan-Seared Scallops and Pork Belly, and the Grilled Flank Steak with Chimmichuri. Ocean Grill also offers several gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian dishes, and notes them on the menu. Dine in the glass-paneled dining room or outdoors on the heated and sheltered patio, year-round.
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The front row ocean views of Ocean Grill

Mission Pizza

Located in the old cafe at the back of Custom House, this eatery feeds hungry locals and visitors alike. Look for pizza, toasted subs, loaded salads, fish and chips and clam chowder at this casual counter restaurant. The folks at Mission Pizza turn out 16 signature gourmet pizzas piled high with toppings. Favorite orders include the Mexicali with chorizo and jalapenos, the meat-loaded Butcher’s Block, and the Kitchen Sink — with everything! Order your pizza and bring it straight to the beach, along with a Garden Salad. Or check out Mission Pizza’s selection of oven-baked subs, including the Po’Boy, Spicy Chicken Ranch, and Italian sub with all the fixings. Wings, loaded fries, chowder and shrimp and chips round out the menu, offering something for everyone, and fast. Stop by for a slice or hang out for the whole pie, dine in or take out, sit inside or outside. This is a restaurant that provides a lot of choices.

Mr. Rick’s

Since 1992, Mr. Rick’s has been a hotspot of live music, cocktails, and casual fare, just a few steps from the sand. The restaurant has 16 beers on tap, including those from local breweries Firestone-Walker, Figueroa Mountain, Liquid Gravity and SLO Brew. For wine drinkers, a selection of local and regional wines are available by the glass. The bar turns out classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule, Pink Mermaid, and Mai Tai to sip along with the Avila Beach sunset. The food is simple and flavorful, featuring a menu of 1/2-pound Angus beef burgers and other hot and cold sandwiches. Here, beachy snacks and entrees like fish and chips, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail and fish tacos meet nachos, wings, jalapeno poppers and salads. Wander by on any evening and you’re likely to hear a live band play or a DJ spinning tunes. Or come for brunch on Sunday and enjoy the sounds of local acoustic guitarists strumming while you dine.

Gardens of Avila Restaurant

This wine country restaurant presents seasonal, fresh cuisine in a serene resort setting. Located at the historic Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, Gardens of Avila lies tucked into a hillside sycamore grove. The lush, leafy trees set the tone for this sensuous dining experience, served daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sycamore Mineral Springs sources produce, herbs and edible flowers from the one-acre chef’s garden on site. These fresh ingredients drive the cuisine, depending on what’s available in the garden. Indulge in a breakfast of Banana Pecan Pancakes, an Acai Yogurt Bowl, Eggs Benedict or Chilaquiles with fresh coffee or tea. Lunch might include Calamari Tempura, a Gourmet Grilled Cheese, or Steak Frites with a glass of coconut water or kombucha. And for dinner, pair a glass of wine, beer or cocktail with Osso Buco, Butternut Squash Gnocchi, or the Seafood Salad. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are noted on the menu. Take a seat in the comfortable fireside dining room or on the outdoor terrace. And don’t miss the daily happy hour, as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch.
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The beautiful grounds of the Gardens of Avila Restaurant

Woodstone Marketplace

This unique and popular eatery lies about halfway through the Bob Jones Bike Trail, making this a natural stopover. Sit inside or on the leafy patio with one of Woodstone’s breakfast or lunch specialties, gourmet coffee drinks, wine or beer. Start or end an early ride with an espresso drink and a hearty breakfast burrito, quiche, or bagel and lox. Lunchtime at Woodstone Marketplace means creative seasonal dishes, like the Chicken Chutney Wrap, made with mixed greens, mango chutney, avocado and toasted almonds on a sundried tomato tortilla. Hot and cold sandwiches include the Woodstone Turkey-Cranberry and Philly Cheesesteak, and salads like the Cashew Pear and Seared Ahi Salad are favorites. Herbal tea, espresso drinks, fresh-brewed iced tea, beer and wine round out the selection of beverages on offer. (Also note that Woodstone carries a large selection of local, California and imported wines in the bottle shop.) Tip: If you’re in the area and looking for a hearty takeout dinner, consider grabbing one of Woodstone’s weekday dinner specials. These might include baby back ribs and scampi with pilaf and veggies, Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles and a salad, or other homestyle classics.
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Woodstone Marketplace is just steps from the Bob Jones Trail

Avila Valley Barn

The Avila Valley Barn does so many things well, and just one of them is food. Located on their property, the downhome Chicken Shack and Smokehouse supplies hungry visitors with barbecue, fried chicken, and all the fixings. Tri tip sandwiches, Nashville hot chicken, slaw, mac and cheese, smoked artichokes, salads and more will satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Pick up food for the whole family (including family meal deals) and sit at the rustic picnic tables around the farm. This is a terrific place for kids to dine with their grownups, as they can meander around the property between bites. If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, be sure to check out the corn roastery, where you can pick up a cob of roasted corn for your stroll. And nobody who visits the Avila Valley Barn can leave without sampling something from their famous bakery, like pies, crumbles and other delights. Pick up an ice cream cone at the Sweet Shoppe, take a hay ride or pony ride, feed the goats, and pick out a pumpkin or apple to take home. Dining at the Avila Valley Barn offers more than just a meal.
Stopping for a bite at The Avila Valley Barn

Mulligan’s Bar & Grill

Sure, maybe you have golf on your mind when you head over to the Avila Beach Golf Resort, but Mulligan’s Bar & Grill is worth a visit all on its own. This is the place for fun, friendship, and flavor before or after a round of golf — or not! Enjoy the spectacular views available from Mulligan’s, which is situated right on the Avila Lagoon and overlooks the golf course. The restaurant is defined by its casual, comfortable dining, like burgers, tacos, salads and sandwiches. Head in before your tee time for breakfast (served all day), and stay for lunch before another round. Mulligan’s offers a lively happy hour, with drink specials and appetizers, as well as live music on Sunday afternoons. Play the course — or skip the golf — and head in for a drink, a bite, and a relaxing setting, complete with fire pits, outdoor heaters and lawn games.

Ice Cream & Coffee Shops in Avila Beach

Big Al’s at the Beach

Everyone loves this cute Avila Beach shop for tasty beachside treats. Family owned and operated, Big Al’s at the Beach serves classic seaside snacks like fruit smoothies and frappuccinos. But Big Al’s is best known as one of the best authentic Hawaiian shave ice shops on Highway 1. You won’t find crushed ice and basic syrups here (#itsnotasnowcone). This is real Hawaiian shave ice, made with delicate ice shavings, authentic flavors, a scoop of ice cream inside and sweet cream drizzle. The shop offers 25 different syrups, all made from cane sugar and flown in from Hawaii. Build your own shave ice or choose from the shop’s signature creations like Lava Flow or Almond Joy. Big Al’s also makes Thai Ice Tea, boba, and organic coffee and espresso drinks using Joebella Roasters. Come in for a pick-me-up in the middle of a long day of sun and fun, or for dessert in the evening.

Kraken Coffee Company

“Beach vibes and coffee” is the tagline for this hip, young coffeehouse — a phrase that sums it up nicely. Kraken Coffee Company sits on a corner overlooking the Avila Beach shoreline, with some outdoor seating to take advantage of the views. Indoor seating includes an upstairs loft with counter seating that looks down over the baristas, plus tables and chairs. Enjoy the style of this place, with its dark walls, massive octopus mural and obscure sea creature paintings. The menu features Kraken’s own-roasted coffee and espresso, house-baked pastries, Batch ice cream and kombucha. Locals rave about the quality of the cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and chai, as well as nitro cold brew and nitro iced tea. Bring the coffee experts in your life to Kraken Coffee Company; they will appreciate it.

Hula Hut

The Hula Hut has been an Avila Beach institution since 2007, offering “world-famous Hula Hut fudge,” ice cream, and casual dining. The ambiance is beachy and relaxed, with a vibe reminiscent of a Hawaiian coffee shop. The Hula Hut serves breakfast and lunch daily, plus coffee and Doc Burnstein’s ice cream for between meals and sweet endings. Favorite orders include Waffles, the Clam Chowder Bread Bowl, Chile Verde Burrito, Pork Tamales and Fish Tacos. The diversity of the Hula Hut doesn’t stop at its menu, though. Look for a thriving boutique section with souvenirs, jewelry, and art pieces to take a little bit of Avila home with you. Stay for a full meal or browse the boutique and grab coffee and chocolates or candy for a beach walk. But at the very least, pick up a hunk of Grandma Lizzie’s fudge, available in flavors like Orange Swirl and Vanilla Amaretto Almond. The shop provides indoor and outdoor seating that faces out toward Front Street and the Avila Beach shoreline.
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The Hula Hut in the heart of downtown Avila Beach

Beer & Wine Tasting in Avila Beach

PierFront Wine & Brew

Located right on the beach, PierFront offers a robust selection of local and international wines and beers in a laid-back, comfortable setting. This wine bar has something for everyone thanks to a lengthy wine and beer list that is always growing and changing. Expect to find three rotating taps, 30+ bottles of beer in a range of styles, plus ciders, hard root beer, and nonalcoholic beer. Wine lovers have even more choices at PierFront, where the cellar contains 90 wines of all different origins. Choose a bottle to share in PierFront’s cozy indoor “living room” or sit outside on the patio. PierFront also serves appetizers and chocolate pairings, and provides board games and, often, live music for visitors to enjoy. The menu changes rapidly to keep things interesting, and the owners and servers are knowledgeable and warm. They’ll even help you find a bottle of wine or beer to take back to your lodging, as well as the appropriate glasses and a chocolate treat.

The Libertine Brewing Company

The specialty at Libertine Brewing Company is wild ales or “sours.” If sours are your passion, you’ll be very content here, but even if they’re not, you’ll have other options, too. Libertine began ten years ago on the Morro Bay Embarcadero to cater to adventurous beer drinkers. They brew in an open-top tank called a coolship that allows wild, ambient yeast to ferment the beer, rather than commercial yeast. Much like wild yeast sourdough, Libertine beers are closely linked to the place they’re brewed by way of those native yeasts. Why not stop in for a pint or two to get to know Avila Beach a bit better? Enjoy a rotating set of 12 taps that highlight Libertine’s wild ales as well as their non-sour collaborative offerings. Want to explore? Order a flight. Want to commit? Take home a crowler. The addition of old school video games and vinyl on the turntable only sweetens the deal.

Alapay Cellars Tasting Room

Winemaker Scott Remmenga opened Alapay Cellars in 2001, and since then it has become the largest winery in Avila Beach. The winery’s name means “heavenly” in the language of the indigenous people who lived here first. The goal to make heavenly wine here has been fulfilled many times over, through the years. The winery sources fruit from Paso Robles to the Santa Ynez Valley and produces a variety of styles. From sparkling to white, red to dessert wine, Alapay offers a wealth of options to taste and to buy at the tasting room. Visit their spacious shop in Avila Beach to experience Alapay’s “wine tasting without attitude.” (The tasting room houses two large saltwater aquariums that are, alone, worth the price of a tasting!) Just a few steps from the beach, you can taste Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and more, possibly poured by Scott himself. Most tastings include two white wines, six reds, and two dessert wines. Tastings are complimentary with the purchase of wine.
Alapay Cellars wine tasting room

Avila Wine & Roasting

A few steps from the beach, this wine tasting bar stocks wines from the Central Coast, Northern California, Oregon, Washington and beyond. Whether you know your way around a wine list or wine is a totally new adventure, Avila Wine & Roasting has much to share. Visitors have the option to taste through a curated flight of favorite wines or wines that are showing particularly well. The expert staff can walk you through each of the wines, sharing information about its origins, style, and winemakers. Avila Wine & Roasting offers red, white, sparkling and dessert wines at a wide variety of price points. Come in, learn about a wine, then enjoy a glass of it on the stone patio facing out toward the beach. Or, if caffeine is more your speed at the moment, try Avila Wine & Roasting’s epicurean coffees, roasted locally specifically for them. Buy a cup or pick up a pound of beans as a delicious reminder of your time in Avila Beach.

Peloton Cellars

Avila Beach wine tasting rooms have become one of the town’s greatest attractions in part thanks to producers like Peloton Cellars. A small brand with a very loyal following, Peloton brings top-notch food-friendly wines to the Central Coast. The winery began as a project between four cycling buddies who wanted to find locally-made wines that paired with simple to spectacular food. When they couldn’t find anything quite right, they decided to do it themselves, led by winemaker Bill Kesselring. The result is a winery, named after a pack of cyclists, that produces lean, elegant wines from cool climate Central Coast vineyards. Some of Peloton’s signature varietals include Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Come in to taste the fresh acidity of these wines, perfect for anything from hamburgers to osso buco, any night of the week. For a fee, taste through a selection of current releases, or order a glass of your favorite to sip alongside charcuterie and appetizer options. The cycling theme, the wine, and the beachfront location work together to make this a fun, relaxing and educational experience.
Pouring a glass at Peloton Cellars

Sinor-LaVallee Tasting Room

For years, Mike Sinor worked his way through most of the wineries on the Central Coast, both in the cellar and in the field. He fell in love with Pinot Noir, specifically from Burgundy, and even honeymooned in Burgundy with his new bride, Cheri LaVallee. Decades later, the two of them launched their own label, Sinor-LaVallee, purchasing Bassi Vineyard, which lies just 1.2 miles from the Avila Beach coastline. The effect of the ocean on their wines can’t be overstated, and is as much a player in each bottle as the grapes themselves. At the tasting room, look for elegant Pinot Noir, crisp Albarino, Chardonnay and Syrah. Taste the wines by themselves, or pair them with Sinor-LaVallee’s fresh oysters, available for purchase daily on a first come, first served basis. Sinor-LaVallee invites visitors to bring their oysters to the “Shuck Shack” behind the tasting room to slurp with a glass of wine. (You can even purchase an oyster knife and shucking gloves in the tasting room.)
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Enjoying a tasting at Sinor-Lavallee

Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards

Tucked back from the coastline, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards is a delightful hideaway on a backcountry road in the picturesque See Canyon. This part of Highway 1 might be best known for its apple production, but Kelsey See Canyon proves that winegrapes can thrive here, too. The winery property offers a cozy tasting room and spacious outdoor area that’s kid- and dog-friendly. Lay a picnic out on the lawn and grab a bottle or glass of your favorite Kelsey See Canyon wine to enjoy. (Often, the weather here is even sunnier and warmer than on the coast in Avila Beach proper.) Specialties include the estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as hard apple cider and even apple wine. Each wine and its label show a love for the ocean and beach culture. Don’t miss Kelsey See Canyon’s casual outdoor music events, or their 200+ peacocks on the property. You may even find a peacock feather!

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Avila Beach feels like paradise, and not only for its white sand beaches and other natural wonders — it’s a shopper’s paradise as well. Though downtown Avila Beach comprises just a few square blocks near the Avila Pier, these contain a wide assortment of storefronts. Deep into the sycamore forest of the Avila Valley, a rural and rustic selection of shops delights customers of all ages and interests. These two areas make for diverse shopping opportunities, from designer swimwear and fine wine to pies and vintage-style toys. Best of all, every storefront in Avila Beach is privately and/or family owned. You won’t find any chain stores here — just boutique, mom-and-pop shops with unique products and excellent service. Near the pier, businesses especially cater to beach bums, offering a wide variety of sunglasses, sandals, and swim suits. Beach towels, goggles, umbrellas and sand toys can also be found easily here.

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Under the Sea Gallery

Love the beach, the water, and coastal living? Under the Sea Gallery features all things ocean for you and the sea creatures in your life. The gallery’s goal for customers is that they would “find what you love, love what you find.” The shop carries a wide variety of products to enhance your home, garden, and self-care routine. Choose from a selection of scented soaps and lotions like products from Finchberry and Mermaid Rock, a local soapmaker in Cayucos. Polished crystals shine throughout the gallery; some crystals are even inside the body products, as is the case with Essential Elements essential oils. Other products like sage smudges, Celtic Harmony candles, and The Naked Bee lip balms can be the perfect little treat to bring home. Under the Sea Gallery specializes in fantasy and fun, with specialty pool floaties, whimsical home goods, and items for the kids. They even carry clothing, sandals, and jewelry. Don’t miss the wide selection of garden art as well, featuring mermaids, pelicans, and more.

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The enchanting entrance to the Under the Sea Gallery

Hats Unlimited

This popular spot carries over 10,000 hats in a multitude of styles at its Avila Beach location. Started in 1994, Hats Unlimited is a family-owned business specializing in all different sorts of hats. Find cowboy hats, trendy hats, beanies and cold weather hats, fedoras and more. Hard-to-size head? Bring it down to Hats Unlimited, where experienced salespeople know how to take your measurements correctly. Men, women and children can get excited about bucket hats, newsboy styles, visors, outdoor hats, straw hats, baseball caps, and many other styles. This is especially helpful during a vacation to Avila Beach, where the sun and its reflection in the waves can cause sun damage. The shop even carries fancy Kentucky Derby hats and fascinators for your next fun, formal occasion. Pick up a new hat (or a few) with help from the people at Hats Unlimited, and leave with a brand new look.

Reimer’s Candies, Gifts & Ice Cream

Sun, sand, and surf have a way of making people crave ice cream and sweets, and the conditions in Avila Beach are no exception. Before, during or after a fun day at the beach, head to Reimer’s Candies, Gifts & Ice Cream to satisfy that sweet tooth. If you’re nervous about finding the shop, just follow your nose: the scent of freshly made waffle cones is a dead giveaway. Choose from an array of ice creams made right there at Reimer’s, with flavors like Salted Chocolate, Birthday Cake, and The California Turtle. The shop also offers candies, fudge and chocolates made the old fashioned way, with high quality ingredients and tried-and-true methods. Choose from over 80 varieties of chocolates as well as licorice, sours, peanut brittle, and chews. Cotton candy, lollipops and seasonal candies for Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and the winter holidays make the perfect treat for someone special. And don’t miss the games, toys, gifts and other items that make Reimer’s such a special spot on the coast.

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Reimer's delectable candy counter display

Bolt About Bikes

Everybody loves to ride a bike — especially along the sun-soaked coastline of Avila Beach. And Bolt About Bikes makes it easier than ever to enjoy a bike ride with their rentable e-bikes and scooters for the whole family. If you’ve never tried an e-bike before, you will be pleasantly surprised by its gentle assistance and smooth ride. Electric scooters make for a zippy, safe way to explore Avila Beach, from the seaside to the beautiful Bob Jones Trail. E-bikes for adults and kids, scooters, and bike trailers for carrying children can be rented by the day or by the hour. And if you love your experience on a Bolt About rental, you may even decide to buy one. Talk to your Bolt About sales person to explore purchasing e-bike and e-scooter brands like iZip, Bird, Segway, Bulls and Electric Bike Company. In the meantime, book your rental online or in the store; walk-ins are welcome but reservations ensure availability.

Footseas

The fun, brightly-painted shop on the downtown promenade in Avila Beach is none other than Footseas, an apparel outlet right on the beach. Footseas specializes in sandals for the whole family. Look for hundreds of flip flop varieties, with surf brands like O’Neill, Flojos, Reef, Scott Hawaii and Ocean Minded. Others include comfort-forward, stylish sandal brands Oka’b, Fit Flops, Switch Flops, and Bernardo. For chillier weather and winter days, Footseas even carries Aussie Dogs, flip flops made with Australian Sheepskin to warm your tootsies. Other styles of sandals and accessories can also be found here for men, women and children, as well as apparel. Treat yourself to a new outfit that’s comfortable, stylish and ready for the beach. Pick up jewelry, scarves, hats, tops and jeans by favorite brand Fresh Produce. Of course, no ensemble is complete without just the right handbag; Footseas has you covered there, too. Peruse their extensive purse selection to find yourself just the right finishing touch.

Footseas in downtown Avila Beach

The Sea Barn

Finding quality, durable and well-fitted swimwear can be a tough task, but The Sea Barn in Avila Beach makes it a real pleasure. The Sea Barn has spent decades outfitting men, women and children in expertly-made swimwear from the industry’s best brands. Whether you’re looking for a designer suit for your vacation, board shorts for your kids or  trunks for Dad, the Sea Barn can help. For women, the well-organized, clean boutique carries swimsuit brands like Becca, Roxy, De La Mar, Vix, Billabong, Speedo, and Point Conception. For men, year-round options include O’Neill, Quiksilver and Billabong. But swimwear isn’t the only perk of visiting The Sea Barn. Fill all your beachy needs with sandals from Cobian, Reef, Ocean Minded, O’Neill, Flojos, and Roxy. Towels, sand toys, floaties, beach chairs, sunscreen and more can be picked up for your day in the waves. The Sea Barn also offers an array of designer brand sunglasses like Maui Jim, Ray Ban, Spy, Hoven, Arnette, Von Zipper, and Kaenon. This sister store to Beachcomber Bill’s also rents bodyboards and wetsuits.

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The Sea Barn's colorful storefront

Beachcomber Bill’s

In the early 1970s, a local craftsman began making flip flops with neoprene soles called Beachcomber Bills. The sandals became hugely popular and the brand was eventually sold, but the name remains on the building where they were made in Avila Beach. Today, the storefront carries everything a beach traveler needs. Pick from all the best souvenirs, like Avila Beach tees, sweatshirts, caps, picture frames, shot glasses, magnets, keychains, postcards and tote bags. Kids will love the assortment of fun trinkets to peruse, and parents will appreciate having access to much-needed beach gear. Pick up flip flops and sandals, sunglasses, sunscreen, googles, boogie boards and skimboards, beach towels, sand toys and buckets for sandcastles. The shop also features the brand Life is Good, which highlights good vibes and extreme comfort. Pop in for something specific or just come to browse. There’s always something at Beachcomber Bills to enhance your stay in Avila Beach.

Avila Wine and Roasting

Located at the corner of San Miguel Street and 1st Street, Avila Wine and Roasting is a well-stocked wine store and wine tasting bar. Whether you’re a wine expert, casual drinker or complete beginner, Avila Wine and Roasting offers a fun, educational experience. Stop in after a day at the beach to taste this shop’s selection of quality, small production wines from across the Central Coast. Avila Wine and Roasting also carries hard-to-find wines from across the west, like Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Taste through a flight or buy a glass or a bottle to enjoy on the stone laid patio, just steps from the seashore. Or take that bottle of red, white or dessert wine to go to give as a gift or bring to a party. The helpful, knowledgeable staff can help find the right style for you, at the right price point. And don’t miss wine-related merchandise and local artwork, as well as Avila Wine and Roasting’s proprietary coffee beans, roasted locally.

Alapay Cellars

In 2001, winemaker Scott Remmenga opened Alapay Cellars, a winery that specializes in quality red, white and sparkling wine, aged in French oak barrels. Alapay, which means heavenly in the language of the Central Coast’s earliest inhabitants, produces wine from small lots in nearby vineyards. These premium locations span from the Santa Ynez Valley at the south to Paso Robles wine country at the north. Remmenga, a former graphic designer, once printed wine labels for winery clients throughout the region. Eventually, he became a winemaker himself, producing white wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and reds like Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah. Alapay draws about 5000 cases per year, the majority of which is sold through the Avila Beach tasting room. There, visitors can experience tasting flights for a fee, just a few steps away from the sand and surf. Scott and his wife Rebecca pride themselves on offering “wine tasting without the attitude” in their spacious, ocean-themed tasting room. Don’t miss the tasting room’s curated gift shop that offers locally made goods and branded apparel.

Wine Tasting at Alapay Cellars

Peloton Cellars

Given the presence of the picturesque Bob Jones Bike Trail and so many cycling opportunities in and around Avila Beach, a cycling-themed winery makes sense. This boutique producer specializes in lean, elegant wines — much like the bicycles featured on each bottles’ label. The French word “peloton” refers to a pack of cyclists in a race, and is a fitting name for a winery started by four longtime friends who love cycling. Whether it’s Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, Albarino or Cabernet Sauvignon, Peloton’s wines originate in cool climate Central Coast vineyards. The resulting wines maintain acids that make each bottle perfect for pairing with food. The tasting room, opened in 2010, offers tasting flights of these food-friendly wines, as well as wine by the glass. Enjoy the relaxed vibe, enjoy local wines, and hang with your very own “peloton” here in Avila Beach.

The charming entryway to Peloton Cellars

Central Coast Aquarium

While this “boutique aquarium” is reason enough to pay a visit to Avila Beach, its gift shop offers a wealth of fun buys, especially for budding marine biologists. After viewing the octopus and tiny jellyfish, and perhaps feeding (and touching!) the sharks, head to the gift shop. Here, you’ll find merchandise curated specifically for the Central Coast Aquarium experience that goes above and beyond. The helpful, knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding just the right gift for someone who loves undersea adventures. Choose ocean-themed stickers from an entire rack of fin, flipper and fish stickers. Check out the educational puzzles and ocean-centered games and books. Little ones will love stuffies like California sea otters, angel fish and turtles enough to open their own stuffy aquarium at home. Branded tote bags, magnets, umbrellas, toys and more complete the experience of a visit to this sweet spot on Avila Beach’s main drag.

Exploring the gift shop inside the Aquarium

Avila Valley Barn

Locals shop this rustic spot for everything from fresh produce and just-baked pies to children’s books and toys, kitchenware, cookbooks, and preserves. Located in the Avila Valley, near Sycamore Hot Springs and the Bob Jones Bike Trail, the Avila Valley Barn is an institution. Kids have come here to pet and feed the goats, take a hayride, and pick pumpkins for a generation. Open year-round, the Avila Valley Barn specializes in seasonal merchandise, including a wide variety of kitchen items and childrens’ toys. In addition to fresh peaches, apples, berries, cherries and other produce, the Barn offers a selection of dried fruits, nuts and snacks. These are extremely gift-able, along with vintage candies, fudge, chocolates and more in the “sweet shoppe.” Aprons, candles, soap, lotions, baking mixes and more make this a favorite stop for the whole family along Highway 1. Be sure to try the roasted corn, stare into the emu’s eyes, and take home a bundle of sunflowers.

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Browsing through the Avila Valley Barn

Weekly Farmers Market

Note: this event is currently on hold until 2022 due to COVID precautions.

Some of the best shopping available in Avila Beach occurs on Friday nights on the Avila Beach promenade. In the warmer months, the Avila Beach Farmers’ Market gathers farmers, artisans, restaurants, and live music beneath the moon near the Avila Beach Pier. Enjoy a weekly street party, just a few feet from the warm white sand of the beach, complete with good food, good tunes, and good vibes. This is a favorite event worth planning your visit around. Pick up jewelry, artwork, soaps and lotions, olive oils and vinegars, knitted caps and more — all locally produced and sold at the Friday Farmers’ Market. This is also a great opportunity to pick up dinner from specialty food booths, or the makings of a picnic. Come early, tap your toes to live music, shop the market, and end with a picnic on the beach by the pier.

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Strother Park

Peaceful, yet full of opportunities to break a sweat, Strother Park is a great choice for active kids of all ages or anyone looking to stretch their legs in a gorgeous creekside setting. Located adjacent to Arroyo Grande Creek at 1550 Huasna Road, this tree-studded oasis features thoughtfully-designed play structures geared towards both preschoolers and elementary aged children, as well as horseshoe pits, frisbee golf course, soft ball field, grass volleyball court and basketball courts. Looking to celebrate a birthday or other special event? Take your pick between three barbecue areas available for reservation: two small areas hold up to 40 people each and a large barbecue area holds up to 100. Whether your group is large or small, chances are you'll all appreciate the sprawling green grass, majestic oak trees, and fresh air of this naturally enchanting hangout.
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Ready to play in Arroyo Grande

Elm Street Park

Let the kids and dogs play while you relax in a picture perfect locale. Located at 1221 Ash Street in Arroyo Grande, Elm Street Park is popular among locals and visitors alike thanks to a unique combination of amenities sure to delight the whole family. Enjoy the area's only off leash dog park, a vibrant community garden, playground for the kids and a barbecue area available for reservation. A favorite stop for happy dogs of all breeds, the adjoining Elm Street Dog Park encourages your best friend to ditch the leash and leap, wag, and roam with other friendly four-legged friends. Pet owners can expect double-gated entries for safety, plenty of grassy areas to sniff, doggie fountains replenished with freshwater and shaded bench areas perfect for kicking back while the pups play. Looking for more fun for the whole family? Look no further than Soto Sports Complex, which conveniently shares a parking area with Elm Street Park. Home to four tennis courts, four pickle ball courts and several fields perfect for fans of baseball, softball and soccer, you could easily spend a few hours running, kicking and swinging the afternoon away.

Rancho Grande Park

For a truly idyllic afternoon with the kids, Rancho Grande Park can't be beat. Located at 500 James Way in Arroyo Grande, this sheltered hilltop park offers up a sunny hideaway perfect for frolicking and making friends. Featuring two play structures for both preschool and elementary school ages, your child will love to explore Rancho Grande Playground's twisty slide, monkey bars and swings, all situated on a soft, sandy floor. Plus, kiddos can simultaneously race each other thanks to three slides lined up together, a fun treat for friendly competitors. For the sportier folks, find a basketball court, sandy volleyball court, baseball diamond and horseshoe pit ready to inspire a casual game or two. Luckily, lunch isn't far away: just fire up the grill at Rancho Grande Park's three group barbecue areas available for rent. Don't forget to check out this park's unique sundial, offering up a fun learning and photo opportunity for your little ones.

Centennial Park & Gazebo

Wonderment awaits at Centennial Park & Gazebo, one of Arroyo Grande's beloved historical stops and a true must-experience destination for the whole family. Located at 200 Olohan Alley—just a stone's throw from the quaint and walkable Village of Arroyo Grande—this small yet celebrated park is home to an ancient swinging footbridge that towers 40 feet above scenic Arroyo Grande Creek. First built in 1875, this safe, reconstructed 171-foot-long bridge quivers with each step, providing an adventurous trek for kiddos and grown-ups alike. Feeling peckish? You're in the right place. Explore a swath of family friendly restaurants, bakeries and boutiques all conveniently located in the nearby “village,” as the locals call it. There's so much to see and do, but before you go, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for roaming wild chickens known to nest in the nearby trees. A stop at Centennial Park & Gazebo is incomplete without saying hello to these surprisingly friendly feathered friends.
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The historic Swinging Bridge downtown Arroyo Grande

Biddle Regional Park

The wilderness comes alive at Biddle Regional Park in Arroyo Grande, home to a stunning Sycamore-Cottonwood forest and vibrant green belt. Tucked away just five miles east of Arroyo Grande at 3500 Lopez Drive, visitors of this unique destination enjoy picnicking at the park's tree-shaded picnic tables. Here, the rustic, ranch-like appeal that blends perfectly into the surrounding natural landscape. Explore the terrain while keeping an eye out for countless native birds or get a move on with a variety of fun outdoor activities. With five group day use areas as well as volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and a large grass area suitable for plenty of field sports, there's something to entice everyone in your family. Note: Of the 47 acres that the park occupies, about 22 acres are developed. This means that although kids are welcome to explore the surrounding terrain, they should stay on designated paths and maintain a healthy respect for poison oak and native wildlife.

Mustang Water Park

Splash into adventure at Mustang Waterpark, which boasts two 600-foot-long waterslides, a waterslide halfpipe, a kiddie pool and shaded cabanas to accommodate everyone in the family. Located at 6840 Lopez Drive in Arroyo Grande near Lopez Lake, this popular waterpark is nestled along Arroyo Grande's quiet, oak studded hillsides, giving you the best of a peaceful natural setting and non-stop family fun. In fact, you can camp at an array of nearby campsites and enjoy the park, effectively supercharging your summer vacation. After you've worked up an appetite, hit the waterslide snack bar, well stocked with everything from hot dogs and nachos to salads and snow-cones. Got a birthday party coming up? Mustang Waterpark goes all out to make your kiddo feel special with a reserved party area for up to ten guests. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year in SLO County, it's always the perfect time for a dip (plus, summer temperatures are known to soar from the 80s and 90s into the triple digits). Although located just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande, Mustang Waterpark is a world away from daily life. With water slides, camping and lake sports at your fingertips, you'll find countless ways to say “wow.”

Vista Largo Adventurepark

With high-speed zip-lines positioned high above the hills and rugged adventure courses designed to test your strength, Vista Largo Adventurepark is a dynamic outdoor destination that combines action-packed family fun with the thrill of the great outdoors. Located at 6840 Lopez Drive in Arroyo Grande near Lake Lopez and lake sports and camping opportunities, this park is a must-stop destination for your next family outing. Take to the air with three high-flying zip-lines totaling 1,800-feet followed by a glass of local wine at the SipLine Bar, put your agility to the test as you fight your way through wobbly bridges, cargo net and tire bridge, or explore the park's four distinct courses depending on your skill level. With color coded courses tailored to your experience, you'll never worry about overdoing it: the yellow course is best for beginner-to-intermediate, green is best for intermediate, blue is best for advanced and black is best for those seeking the highest intensity challenge. Plus, friendly guides are there every step of the way to ensure you're maximizing and enjoying your journey. Ever wanted to jump from a towering cliff and land on your feet? The Adventurepark's Ledge Quick Jump allows thrill-seekers to free fall from a 45-foot-tall platform and land in perfect safety. Needless to say, this last obstacle isn't for the faint of heart.
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Cruising through the course at Vista Largo Adventurepark

Nearby Parks

Oceano Dunes State Park

An otherworldly dunescape awaits visitors of Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, where endless bluffs roll onward toward the sea. Located at 100 Pier Ave. in Oceano, this is the only beach in California you can dive on, an exhilarating treat for all ages. Kick up some sand when you hop in an ATV or command your own vehicle along the surf. Follow up a day of heart-pumping fun with a family bonfire under the stars (leashed dogs welcome) or check out a range of casual, family friendly restaurants in nearby downtown Oceano. Also nearby, find Oso Flaco Lake, an enchanting beach stop that guides your family from forest and farmland to marsh to dunes, all while hundreds of species of birds soar overhead. Looking to ditch the daily grind? Pitch a tent at Oceano Park Campground and Lagoon, home to 22 campsites and a private pond for fishing.
Diving into the dunes in Oceano

The Pismo Preserve

Enjoy Pismo Beach as you’ve never seen it before--from the top of a hiking trail--when you make a trip to the stunning Pismo Preserve. At 880 acres of pure beauty, this pristine coastal hiking area offers up one of the most stunning and unique views in all of San Luis Obispo County. Located at 80 Mattie Road in Pismo Beach and open daily from dawn to dusk, enjoy over 11 miles of trail traversing serene oak woodlands and coastal ridgelines, including awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean stretching from the Irish Hills to Point Sal. Truly, there is no better place for a picnic or photo op than this! With trails suitable for equine enthusiasts, you can even ride horseback, if so inclined. With easier trails perfect for younger kids and more challenging terrain for teens and adults, you’ll experience your next family beach day in a whole new way. Tip: a secret camera positioned at one of the park’s many watering holes provides loads of fun when you log on to the preserve’s website. Deer, raccoons, mountain lions and even bears can be seen enjoying a bit of refreshment courtesy of the preserve’s natural spring water. Nearby in downtown Pismo Beach, find lots of family fun activities. Spend the day surfing, paddle boarding or exploring the Pismo Pier and boutique shops and restaurants. Kids will love the Monarch Butterfly Groves of Pismo Beach, a special sight to behold each winter. Watch in wonderment as nearly 230,00 Monarch Butterflies flutter in unison along the eucalyptus trees of Pismo State Beach.
Pismo Preserve Biking
Biking along the Pismo Preserve

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Art of San Simeon Tour

Called “a museum like no other,” Hearst Castle was specifically designed to showcase 25,000 of Hearst’s antiquities. (Even then, this represents just a fraction of Hearst’s total collection.) It’s also the only art museum operated by California State Parks and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Artifacts of all styles, sizes, and origin populate the house, providing an unparalleled opportunity for art-lovers. The two-hour “Art of San Simeon” tour at Hearst Castle highlights Hearst’s collection, as well as how he came to acquire his pieces. It also features rooms otherwise unavailable through standard daytime tours. Famous works in the tour include paintings, like The Annunciation by Spanish artist Bartolomé Pérez de la Dehesa from the mid-1600s. Tapestries are also featured, like The Continence of Scipio from the early 1500s by Italian artist Giulio Romano. A sculptural masterpiece, the Venus Italica by Antonio Canova, was actually seized in Florence, Italy, and possessed by Napoleon Bonaparte’s family in 1802. The “Orchid Vase,” made in 1889 by Tiffany & Co. and purchased by Phoebe Hearst, is another featured work on the tour. Famously, the most ancient piece at the estate is a statue of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, which dates back to the 19th Dynasty (1292-1189 BCE). The Art of San Simeon Tour is a semi-private tour, limited to just eight guests, and is available October through May each year.
Hearst Castle Photo Credit @mariapalbie
The breathtaking artwork inside of Hearst Castle photo courtesy of @mariapalbie

Local Heritage and Culture

A visit to the Pacific Schoolhouse is another terrific way to experience the heritage and culture of San Simeon. This quaint one-room building, painted white and red, served as San Simeon’s sole schoolhouse from 1881 to 1950. In fact, William Randolph Hearst was a student there, himself. The school became a necessity as his father, George Hearst, purchased neighboring ranchos and hired people to work on them. Working families enrolled their children, and the school served several generations of San Simeon children. Today, it stands in the field across from Sebastian’s General Store, and is an extremely popular spot for photographers to capture. Its simple frame and rural surroundings hearken back to a time of great growth and change in San Simeon. Come experience the place for yourself, and note the contrast between Hearst Castle on the hill, and the schoolhouse below, on the coast. You’re sure to find the comparison striking.
San Simeon Pacific Schoolhouse
The historic Pacific Schoolhouse with Hearst Castle in the distance

Coastal Discovery Center

This little jewel of coastal conservation features an exterior mural painted by artist and marine biologist Cleo Vilett. As a scientist, Vilett brings a unique perspective to this artistic rendering of life where the land and sea meet. Her work appears all along the California coastline and across the west, most notably murals, illustrations and sculptures for natural science institutions. The Coastal Discovery Center reflects the beauty of San Simeon Cove — whose point is visible just beyond the building — and what lies beneath the waves. Otters, pelicans, a manta ray, eucalyptus trees and dancing kelp fill the space in a painterly reflection of this abundant cove. Once you’ve enjoyed the mural, head inside to experience exhibits and education programs that highlight San Simeon’s land-sea connection. Interpretive displays cover the history of San Simeon Bay, including the Delta Sub and shipwrecks along this famously dangerous stretch of coastline. Other exhibits detail the lives of some of San Simeon’s most famous inhabitants, like sea birds, elephant seals, sea otters, rainbow trout and tidepool-dwellers. You can even look at live, local plankton under a microscope for an up-close and personal experience in this vibrant natural playground.
Coastal Discovery Center Outside
The marine life mural on the Coastal Discovery Center

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