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When To Visit

Due to temperate weather, the Central Coast’s beaches can be visited comfortably year-round. But depending on your goals, a bit of planning and insider info goes a long way.  For sunny family fun, swimming and kayaking, the months of July through October offer the best weather. For surfing, winter tends to be the best season for wind and swells. (Just bring a wetsuit! Central Coast waters can be quite chilly.) Opportunities for whale watching, bird watching, and elephant seal mating and birthing peak in winter to early spring. Beachcombing, pet play, horseback riding, tidepooling and driving on the beach occur year-round.

What To Bring

Weather tends to be temperate but can be changeable, so layered clothing is recommended. Bring towels, sunscreen, sand toys, boogie boards/surfboards, wetsuits, bottled water, snacks and beach blankets.

Best Beaches for Families on the Central Coast Along Highway 1

Avila Beach

Pick your perfect paradise on one of the best family beaches in California! This spacious beach features soft, fine sand and gentle waves, ideal for little ones and safe water play. (Lifeguards stand watch over the beach during peak summer months.) The boardwalk offers restrooms and outdoor showers, as well as the adjacent Pirate Park with basketball courts and a playground. Additional amenities include picnic tables, grill stands, and parking, along with multiple lodging options. Bring your family for a walk along the pier, or hit up one of the many restaurants that line the beach. Just remember to leave Fido at home between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. (Or take him to Olde Port Beach / Fisherman’s Beach, just south on Avila Beach Drive, where off-leash dogs happily play.) Directions: From Highway 101, take the Avila Beach Drive exit and head west for 2.5 miles. Turn left on San Juan Street and take the next left onto Front Street, which faces the beach.

Cayucos State Beach

Cayucos State Beach blends sand, surf and sun for a classic California vibe. Kids will love the sizeable beach playground, tidepools and fishing off historic Cayucos Pier. (No fishing license required!) For surfers, the waves near the pier offer thrills, and surf schools like Cayucos Surf Company help newbies get in on the action. (Lifeguards watch the beach in summer months.) Multiple casual restaurants line the shore (including the sea-worthy Schooner’s Restaurant) as well as a range of accommodations. Other amenities include restrooms, outdoor showers, and parking. Dogs are allowed on Cayucos State Beach on leash. Directions: From the south, take Highway 1 to the 13th Street exit and head west on 13th Street. Turn right on South Ocean Drive and drive for 1 mile. Turn left on Cayucos Drive and left on Ocean Front Avenue, which faces the beach. From the north, turn right off Highway 1 onto North Ocean Avenue. After 0.7 miles turn right on Cayucos Drive and left on Ocean Front Avenue, which faces the beach. cayucos pier san simeon pier

W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, San Simeon

A local favorite, this beach stands adjacent to the town of Old San Simeon, across Highway 1 from Hearst Castle. In addition to calm waters and a long coastline, this protected cove also offers picnic sites, parking, restrooms, and grill stands. Little ones will enjoy sand play, walking the pier and fishing (no license required), as well as swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. The Coastal Discovery Center, just beside the beach, contains educational exhibits about the shoreline, wildlife, local history and more. Note that leash laws are enforced to the left of San Simeon Pier, but to the right, Fido can play leash-free. Directions: From Highway 1, turn onto Slo San Simeon Rd toward the ocean and follow to the beach.

Moonstone Beach, Cambria

One of the best beaches in Central California for beachcombing, Moonstone Beach encourages exploration for visitors of all ages. This beach is known for its smooth “moonstones” as well as sea glass and driftwood. Waves can be large and strong here, often unsuitable for swimming or surfing. But adjacent Shamel Park offers parking, restrooms, a playground, gazebo, horseshoes, playing field, and seasonal heated swimming pool. Note: dogs are not allowed on Moonstone Beach, but are permitted on leash in Shamel Park. Directions: From Highway 1, turn west on Windsor Boulevard. Drive 0.3 miles and park beside Shamel Park. Moonstone Beach can be accessed through the park. Walking along Cambria Boardwalk Must-See Spots In Cayucos

Morro Bay Strand State Beach Day Use Area, Cayucos

The 6 miles of white sand beach between Morro Rock and the Cayucos Pier make for a scenic and challenging walk in Highway 1 Discovery country. The Morro Bay Strand Day Use Area covers a section of that beach boasting ideal conditions for fishing, windsurfing and kite-flying. It’s also a popular training ground for joggers. With excellent facilities for picnicking, this stretch enjoys a picturesque view of Morro Rock in the distance. Note that leashed dogs are allowed in the adjacent campground, but not on the beach. Directions: The Morro Bay Strand lies 2 miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1. From Highway 1, head west on Cass Street. Make a slight left on 24th Street and follow toward the beach. Park in the lot beyond the State Beach sign.

Morro Bay Dog Beach, Cayucos

Let your four-legged friend play in the surf at this charming off-leash dog beach on Cayucos’s southern end. This stretch of coastline has something for the whole family, including beachcombing (sand dollars!), wildflowers, tidepools, surfing, fishing and birding. It also offers beautiful views of Morro Rock, as well as free parking. Note that this beach does not have restrooms or facilities. Also, if your dog is aggressive or has a strong hunting instinct, please leave him or her on leash or at home. Directions: Access North Point Dog Beach off Highway 1 just south of Cayucos. At Toro Creek Road, turn toward the ocean and find parking between the highway and the shoreline. Estero Bluffs in Cayucos, CA

Estero Bluffs Beach

Part of a scenic state park, this beach can be reached by hiking through grasslands along the bluffs. While several beaches skirt the trail below, the most accessible sits in a sandy cove where Villa Creek meets the sea. Here, find a great spot for tidepooling, whale and birdwatching, and beachcombing. Parking is easy to find along Highway 1 between Cayucos and Cambria. Directions: From Cayucos, drive north on Highway 1 for about four miles and look for parking areas on the ocean side of the road.

Best State Park Beaches on the Central Coast Along Highway 1

Montaña de Oro State Park

Want a state park with an ocean view? This scenic spot offers multiple options. If lounging by the ocean is your style, nothing beats the views at Spooner’s Cove beach. Find a protected cove here, fed by a freshwater stream perfect for wading. Amenities include bathrooms and free parking. (Note that dogs are permitted here on leash, but not on trails or other beaches.) For a challenge, try hiking Valencia Peak, a 4.2-mile loop trail that ascends 1,347 feet. One of the highest in the park, this peak makes for a moderately strenuous hike with striking wildflower and coastal views. To find the trailhead, enter the park and drive through the eucalyptus grove. The parking area for Valencia Peak is on the left, just beyond the visitor center. For horse lovers, Hazard Canyon provides terrific equestrian trails and access to potable water. Try the 11.2-mile Hazard Peak trail for a secluded, moderate ride. To get to the trailhead, enter Montaña de Oro State Park and drive through the eucalyptus grove. The trailhead will be on the left, just before Spooner’s Cove. The same views apply to mountain biking enthusiasts, too. Ride the Oats Peak Trail, an intermediate out-and-back singletrack clocking in at 11.2 miles and an ascent of more than 1,430 feet. To access the trailhead, enter the park and pass through the eucalyptus grove. Pass Spooner’s Cove and the visitor center, then turn left on the road to the Islay Creek Campground. The trailhead will be on the right side of the road, just before dropping to the campground. Directions: Travel 6 miles southwest from Morro Bay, or seven miles south from Los Osos on Pecho Valley Road. Spooner Cove at Montana de Oro

Morro Bay State Park

Visiting the Morro Bay State Park opens a window on the Central Coast at its finest. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the marina, hiking, golfing or watching wildlife ― all beneath a stand of majestic Monterey Pines. Trails abound for hikers and mountain bikers, and kayakers will love cruising around the bay. (Note that dogs are allowed on trails with a leash.) When you’re ready for an indoor adventure, don’t miss the Natural History Museum, which has views of the ocean. Directions: Take Highway 1 to the Los Osos - Baywood Park exit. Drive west for about 1 mile, then turn right into the state park.

Pismo State Beach Oceano

As thrilling as it is beautiful, this state beach includes the Oceano State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), which permits vehicles to drive on the beach. Other activities here include swimming, surfing, kite-flying and horseback riding. Visitors can also enjoy surf fishing or digging for famous Pismo clams. And don’t miss the boardwalk from the SVRA parking lot to the Monarch Butterfly Grove Cross the freshwater lagoon adjacent to the grove for excellent birdwatching. (Note that dogs are allowed on leash only.) Directions: From Highway 101, take the exit toward Pismo Beach/Wadsworth Avenue. Head west on Highway 1 about 7 miles. Keep left at the fork to continue on Highway 1 / Dolliver Street for 3 miles.Turn right onto Pier Avenue, then right onto Pismo State Beach.

Best Central Coast Beach Vacation Towns Along Highway 1

Cambria

This seaside hamlet feels cozy and quaint beneath native stands of Monterey Pines. Hit Cambria Coffee Roasting Company for a cup of joe before heading to Moonstone Beach for majestic views and treasure-hunting. Then take a self-guided walk through Cambria’s historic streets with help from the Cambria Historical Society. Grab lunch at Robin’s Restaurant (don’t miss the lobster bisque!) and wander through Cambria’s boutiques and art galleries. Finish with a hike through the beachfront Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and luxurious seafood dinner and wine at the Sea Chest Oyster Bar. Main Street Cambria

Cayucos

Looking for classic beachy fun? Cayucos sits directly on the shoreline with personality to spare. Try breakfast at the Sea Shanty, then work it off with a walk along Cayucos State Beach. If the weather permits, enjoy surfing and sun bathing in its soft sand until lunchtime. Grab a slice at Ocean Front Pizza, or tacos at Ruddell’s Smokehouse before taking a walk along the historic pier. Try fishing off the side, or browse the antique and surf shops along Ocean Avenue. And don’t miss the Brown Butter Cookie Company, where brown butter cookies are topped with (what else?) sea salt. At dinner time, head to The Grill at the Cass House or Lunada Bistro for farm-to-table cuisine.

San Simeon

There’s plenty of fun to be had in San Simeon, land of castles and endless coastline. Take your cup of coffee up to the Elephant Seal Rookery, and watch the circle of life unfold before your very eyes. Then head to Hearst Castle State Park to experience the grandeur of William Randolph Hearst’s life and times.(Don’t miss the famous Neptune Pool! Or the zebras!) Afterward, lunch on gourmet sandwiches at Sebastian’s Cafe, followed by wine tasting at the adjacent Hearst Ranch Winery tasting room. Then walk down to the W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach and enjoy the sand between your toes. If time permits, learn about marine life and the history of San Simeon at the Coastal Discovery Center. Finish your busy day at the Ragged Point Inn with elegant cuisine, fine local wine, and an ocean view to remember. Whale Watching at the San Simeon Pier on Highway 1 Spooner Cove at Montana de Oro

Los Osos & Baywood

Start a day in Los Osos with coffee at the Back Bay Cafe, then head for Montaña de Oro State Park. Hike, bike, or ride a horse along any number of trails, then relax on the beach at Spooner’s Cove. For lunch, grab tasty Mexican fare at La Casita (plus chips and a container of their legendary salsa for take-away). Then enjoy walking the labyrinth in Baywood, or take in the many artist’s galleries and studios on 2nd Street. Munch those chips and salsa on the Baywood Pier, then dine at Blue Heron for farm-to-table cuisine and local wines.

Avila Beach

This protected paradise can be as exciting or as relaxed as you want it to be. Start with a walk beneath the leafy canopy of the Bob Jones Trail, with a stopover at Woodstone Marketplace for coffee and breakfast. Then finish at the beach for sunbathing, surfing or sand play.  (Avila Beach doesn’t welcome dogs between 10am and 5pm, but Fisherman’s Beach lets them roam off leash, down the road.) Or, if you golf, hit the links at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Either way, you’ll be hungry for lunch. Try Mersea’s for fresh seafood with a view, or Custom House for classic American fare. Afterward, stroll the boardwalk’s unique shops, or take a hike or trolley ride to the Point San Luis Lighthouse. (Remember to make a reservation for the visit!) For wine lovers, try wine tasting in spots like Sinor-Lavallee and Alapay Cellars. Finish with a French bistro dinner at Blue Moon Over Avila, or fresh flavors at romantic The Gardens of Avila. Oceano Dunes on Highway 1

Oceano

Have a freewheeling good time in this hidden gem by the sea! Begin the day with a walk - or ride - along the beach. The Oceano Dunes State Park Vehicular Area is the only beach in California that permits vehicles to drive on the beach. Looking for a thrill? Try a Hummer tour with an experienced guide. Oceano also welcomes horses and their riders to enjoy the sand and sea. Try hooking up with the Pacific Dunes Riding Ranch for information on trail rides and stables. After a busy morning, take a load off at Beach Burger, one of the best spots for piled-high burgers. In the afternoon, hit the Oceano Train Depot and Museum for a fascinating look at the town’s history. Afternoons also provide the best time for kite-flying, kite-boarding or paragliding on the shoreline. In the evening, try any one of Oceano’s famed Mexican restaurants like Chacho’s or Old Juan’s Cantina. Follow that with a show at the uproarious Great American Melodrama theater, where the laughs come a mile a minute. 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Visitors and local residents alike are invited to download free trail maps throughout the San Luis Obispo and the HWY 1 Discovery Route at: http://www.cccmb.org/home-old/maps Volunteers are welcome year round to help build, restore and maintain hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. All work day events and classes are well organized by the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers group, a non-profit organization since 1987 that assists California State Parks, County Parks, and the National Forest Service to expand and maintain networks of sustainable and enjoyable trails. No experience necessary to jump in to help and learn! Trails in Montaña de Oro State Park, near the towns of Los Osos and Baywood, offer bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians varied terrain with beautiful ocean and canyon views. The park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. The best-known beach is beautiful Spooner's Cove, across from the main campground. The park's name, Montaña de Oro means "Mountain of Gold," and comes from the massive amount of golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Wildlife in the park features the black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The annual volunteer trail workday in Montana de Oro State Park is the first Sunday in February. Opportunities for volunteering on trail restoration include at least one trail work session per month. Two major workdays are offered each year and are called TRAILWERKS: all-day events with free meals, tee shirts, and raffle prizes for participants. The Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers group encourages everyone who enjoys California trail systems to volunteer for workdays as well as practice important trail etiquette that helps prevent trail erosion, reduces user conflicts, and ensures trail access.  More detailed information, trail guidelines, and volunteer locations available at http://www.cccmb.org/ Donations are most welcome and appreciated to purchase trail building tools for all volunteers (if you can’t join a trail workday). Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites. 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What: Kayak and lighthouse tour 
When: Weekly on most Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Where: Avila Beach
Reservation Needed: Yes, call Central Coast Kayaks at (805) 773-3500. For children, discuss minimum age/size when making your reservation.
Cost: $80 for single kayak, $140 for tandem kayak includes equipment, snacks, donation to Lighthouse.

Stewardship Travel is your getaway to 'Ah-Ha' moments on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.

Paddle back in time with professional kayak guides to the 125 year old fully restored and quite beautiful Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach, California. Bring your adventurous spirit and interest in California mariner history – no kayaking experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. A portion of your trip fee is used to help restore and maintain the lighthouse.

The leisurely three-hour round trip guided tour which includes; paddling instruction (if needed/desired), tasty snacks, a short-guided paddle in the protected waters of San Luis Obispo Bay, a walk up from the beach to the lighthouse bluff with beautiful vistas, and a complete docent led educational tour of the lighthouse and its grounds.

Kayaks (all boats and safety equipment provided) will launch after meeting at 9:00 am from the sandy Avila Beach and paddle in the protected waters of the bay to Coastguard Beach below the lighthouse. Along the short route to the lighthouse you will likely see wildlife such as sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, pelicans, Great Blue Herons, bright white egrets and more.

While on your Lighthouse tour you’ll experience what life was really like for a Lighthouse Keeper and his family during the turn of the Century when electricity and indoor plumbing was not available.

There are more to lighthouses than meets the eye. Enjoy learning the immense life-saving value of Lighthouses and how they served thousands of mariners along the rugged California coast. Lighthouses helped ships identify their location, warned ships of potential hazards, and let them know that land was near. Every lighthouse emitted a distinctive series of flashes known as its “characteristic”. These flash sequences allowed ship captains to identify specific lighthouses and their locations.

Have fun learning the characteristic of the Point San Luis lighthouse on your tour!

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A hands-on stewardship/caring activity
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

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When: Weekly on Saturdays
Reservation Required: To reserve space, or get updates on program offerings, call (805) 927-6575. Program cost: $2.00/person

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program and other programs. Citizen science fulfills a great need for resource protection of our natural coastal resources. It helps to establish scientific baselines and increases stewardship through public education and action. Visitors love learning and appreciate the opportunity to participate in real science! This program is statewide and its success depends on citizen scientists. [post_title] => Hands On Citizen Science Outing in San Simeon Cove [post_excerpt] => Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program and other programs.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hands-on-citizen-science-outing-in-san-simeon-cove [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/hands-on-citizen-science-outing-in-san-simeon-cove/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 100277 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:58 [post_content] => What: Kid-friendly aquarium visits
When: First Monday of each month, October through May, 10am to 12pm
Reservation Required: No advance reservation is required.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Join us for kids activities and storytime with hands-on interaction with tide pool animals and aquarium exploration. Suitable for kids aged 5 and under. First Monday of each month, from October through May, 10am to noon. $6 at the door; $40 season pass.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Aquarium [post_title] => Mommies & Guppies at Central Coast Aquarium [post_excerpt] => Join us for kids activities and storytime with hands-on interaction with tide pool animals and aquarium exploration. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => mommies-guppies-at-central-coast-aquarium [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/mommies-guppies-at-central-coast-aquarium-7/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107244 [post_author] => 7 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:52 [post_content] => What: Native Garden Restoration & Stewardship Days When: Monthly on the 1st Saturday, 9am-noon (No volunteer day in October. Rain or holiday cancels event.) Reservation Needed: Yes, contact Nipomo Native Garden at (805) 929-6649 or participate@nipomonativegarden.org to make arrangements. Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer. The Nipomo Native Garden is a twelve acre site located between Pomeroy, Camino Caballo and Osage in the community of Nipomo. The site is in the final stages of being restored to a native botanical garden which will feature native plant communities endemic to the Nipomo Mesa and dunes complex. Individuals and groups can volunteer their time and labor during any of our regularly scheduled workdays, typically the 1st Saturday of each month, 9 am to noon at the Garden. Activities can also be flexibly scheduled to meet your availability. In addition to participation during scheduled workdays, groups or individuals may participate in more focused efforts.  Individuals or organizations who would like to participate in development and maintenance activities within the Nipomo Native Garden can contact our volunteer coordinator by e-mail at participate@nipomonativegarden.org or go to the Native's Garden Volunteer Page. Nipomo Native Garden is a local, community-based federal and state non-profit organization composed of volunteers and members who support this restoration effort. Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites. This activity selection includes: *A hands-on stewardship/caring activity *An educational center *A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Nipomo Native Garden (Most non-profit organizations have donation pages. For those that don't, please contact their office directly by clicking the "donation opportunity" link above. Thank you!) Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. [post_title] => Nipomo Native Garden Volunteer Days [post_excerpt] => The site is in the final stages of being restored to a native botanical garden which will feature native plant communities endemic to the Nipomo Mesa and dunes complex. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => nipomo-native-garden-volunteer-days [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-28 19:49:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-29 03:49:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/nipomo-native-garden-volunteer-days/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107246 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:52 [post_content] => What: Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambria
When: Check the website for current museum hours
Reservation Needed: No, unless outside of the regular museum hours listed above. If so, then call (805) 927-2891 to make arrangements. Thank you.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Begin your journey back in 1865 on the streets of Cambria and ‘time travel’ by walking to 28 preserved historic sights that include the old cemetery, a Chinese Temple, a mid-1800’s chapel, the old jail house, historic present day Inns, restaurants, antique and gift shops. Some of the historic sites are open to the public and some are private residences. All can be enjoyed from the street.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Cambria Historical Society

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. [post_title] => Walk Back in Time: Cambria Museum & Historic Buildings Self-Guided Walking Tour [post_excerpt] => Cambria has a rich history dating back to the 1860's. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the self-guided walking tour that visits 26 historic structures throughout the small and welcoming town.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => walk-back-in-time-cambria-museum-historic-buildings-self-guided-walking-tour [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/walk-back-in-time-cambria-museum-historic-buildings-self-guided-walking-tour/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107264 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:52 [post_content] => What: Cleanup Kit & Appreciation Tote Bag Opportunity
When: Daily
Reservation Needed: No reservation is needed, but contact one of the participating properties to get started with your Cleanup Kit

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

If you're an active visitor who cares about the places you play, connect with, and appreciate, you may want to take advantage of the Avila Beach Tourism Alliance's new Stewardship Clean-Up Kit opportunity, offered at most Avila Beach lodging properties.

Did you know that marine debris harms wildlife through both enlargement and ingestion? California Coastal Commission reports: "Birds, fish and mammals often mistake plastic for food. Some birds even feed it to their young. With plastic filling their stomachs, animals have a false feeling of being full, and may die of starvation. Common items like fishing line, strapping bands, plastic bags, and six-pack rings can hamper the mobility of marine mammals. Once entangled, animals have trouble eating, breathing or swimming, all of which can have fatal results. Plastics take hundreds of year to breakdown and may continue to trap and kill animals year after year unless it is picked up and disposed of."

When you spend a valuable hour or two collecting marine debris and litter with friends, family, or on your own, you help protect wildlife and make a difference with your visit. High school aged family members may receive volunteer credit while on vacation; check with individual schools for eligibility.

Your Clean-Up Kit includes a collection bag, a glove and an Avila Beach Appreciation Stewardship tote bag! Tag us on social media using the hastag #GoodGoesAroundAvila. Clean-Up Kits are available at: Central Coast Aquarium (buckets and trash pickers available here), Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Village Inn, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, Coastal Vacation Rentals and San Luis Bay Inn. Avila appreciates its stewardship travelers! Don't be surprised if a local resident thanks you for your visit.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A hands-on stewardship/caring event
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Aquarium

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When: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Reservation Required: No advance reservation is required, however Aquarium admission tickets apply and the tour is limited to 20 people.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Visit the shark tank during feeding time at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach for an unforgettable experience and a peek at the underwater world of sharks.

Every Wednesday, Friday. and Sunday at 11 am, visitors learn about local shark species while watching them interact with each other and feed. Central Coast Aquarium exhibits feature local species of sharks, including the Horn Shark, which has horns that grow out of its back, the Swell Shark, that can swallow water and swell up to avoid predators, and the Grey Smooth-Hound Shark, a sleek and powerful hunter.

On exhibit, the Aquarium also has rays that are close relatives to sharks; they scoot along the sandy bottom of the ocean vacuuming up food as they go. Knowledgeable and well trained volunteers provide interesting shark and ray facts during the feeding tour. After the tour, the whole family is invited to experience the popular shark touching with the gentle Swell Sharks, and learn even more about these magnificent and misunderstood creatures of the deep.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Aquarium

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When: Daily, except on Mondays. Check with the Central Coast Aquarium to confirm time.
Reservation Required: No advance reservation is required, however Aquarium admission tickets apply and the tour is limited to 20 people.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

A wet world of underwater secrets and fun learning for all ages awaits visitors at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach.

Did you know that jellyfish are actually a type of plankton? Come watch and learn as these beautiful, graceful creatures gently drift, collecting tiny brine shrimp in their delicate tentacles. Learn about several local species and which to look out for while swimming along the Central Coast. During the jelly talk, you will see what baby moon jellies look like and learn about the different life stages of jellies. The jelly talk also shares some of the dangers for one of the few animals that eat jellyfish, Sea Turtles.

You'll also learn about what a stewardship traveler can do to help protect these gentle giants. The moon jelly feeding is an attraction that has been a high point for thousands of visitors to the Aquarium.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Aquarium

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When: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Reservation Needed: No

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Founded in 1999, the Dunes Center is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The Dunes Center was originally conceived by a group of concerned citizens and in 1989 The Nature Conservancy's efforts to help preserve and restore the Guadalupe Beach and Oso Flaco Lake Natural Areas planted the seeds for a dunes visitor center. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is comprised of 18 miles of coastline and is one of the most ecologically significant and largest intact coastal dune ecosystems on earth. A significant portion of the nearly 22,000 acres is under public management and open for recreation.

The Dunes Center was finally opened in 1996, in a small storefront in downtown Guadalupe and evolved over time into our current existence. We have a thriving education program, reaching over 4000 students annually. We offer docent-led walks in the dunes. We have guest speakers for our volunteers, members, and local community. In addition, we are the Administrator of what is known as the Dunes Collarborative - a coalition of state and federal agencies, local governments and non-profits.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

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When: Monthly on a Saturday or Sunday
Reservation Needed: No, but contact the Cayucos Land Conservancy at (805) 995-0805 for detailed meeting location and time. Thank you.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

The "Bluff Walks" and nature walks program offers guided hikes on the Bluffs and other ecosystems on the coast. The guides are experts on at least one of the property's resources, e.g. resident and migratory birds, its geologic history, the marine life that inhabit the near-shore waters, native and non-native plants, or prehistoric and cultural history. These guided walks last 1-2 hours and are not physically strenuous, but do require the ability to walk over uneven ground. The walks are very informal and allow for participants to ask questions of the leader and to talk with other group members. They are always accompanied by a Cayucos Land Conservancy Board Member who can answer questions about the history of the Estero Bluffs State Park or the Conservancy.
Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Cayucos Land Conservancy

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When: Annually in the Fall
Reservation Needed: Yes, contact the Casitas Estate at (805) 710-1587 or pat@casitasag.com to make arrangements. Thank you.

Stewardship Travel is your getaway to 'Ah-Ha' moments on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.

Learn to shop and create "Locavore" meals from a Farmers Market with this tour!

A Locavore has been defined as a person who enjoys eating only locally produced food grown within 100 miles of its point of purchase or consumption. The thought (and delight) is to eat healthier while also learning how to contribute to reducing the use of fossil fuels, which results in the release of less carbon dioxide into the air; this all helps to prevent global warming. Come do your part for the day, have fun, learn more, and dine deliciously healthy!

This annual special excursion starts at The Casitas Estate in Arroyo Grande. It includes an enthusiastic chef-led outing to the local Farmers Market in Arroyo Grande to learn how to source and shop local wherever you travel. The group (locals and vistors) then take a quick trip via shuttle back to The Casitas Estate to jointly create a tasty and luxurious farm-fresh vegetarian lunch. Participants enjoy taking in the hilltop views, the fine wine and warm breezes. Gaze out over the Arroyo Grande Valley vineyards and Santa Lucia mountains, often described as California's "bit of Tuscany" here on the Central Coast.

A portion of the fee is contributed to the non-profit Central Coast Grown organization, whose vision is to restore people's connection with the land and the food it produces in order to nourish the bodies, minds, and spirits of our communities and to sustain the landscape that supports us all.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Grown

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When: As needed, year-round
Reservation Needed: Yes, contact the Dunes Center at (805) 343-2455 ext. 203 or admin@dunescenter.org to make arrangements. Thank you.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Founded in 1999, the Dunes Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Dunes Center was originally conceived by a group of concerned citizens and in 1989 The Nature Conservancy's efforts to help preserve and restore the Guadalupe Beach and Oso Flaco Lake Naturals Areas planted the seeds for a dunes visitor center. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is comprised of 18 miles of coastline and is one of the most ecologically significant and largest intact coastal dune ecosystems on earth. A significant portion of the nearly 22,000 acres is under public management and open for recreation.

The Volunteer Program at the Dunes Center is crucial to its ability to fulfill its mission. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, tailored to people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. The Environmental Stewardship Volunteers work in the native plant garden, weeding, pruning and planting; volunteer at community service events in the dunes, such as ice-plant removals, native seed collections, and beach clean-ups. For more information about volunteering, visit the website.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A hands-on stewardship/caring activity
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

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When: Monthly, on the 3rd Saturday, from 9am to noon; and most Wednesdays, from 8am to 10am
Reservation Needed: Yes, contact Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve at (805) 927-2856 or ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net to make arrangements. Thank you.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Acquiring property for public access and open space is only the beginning of saving land for future generations. Some conserved lands are closed to the public to preserve them. It is the belief of Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, that by remaining open to the public, the Preserve can serve as the much-needed connection to nature that we all crave. But keeping the Ranch open and in a natural state means taking care of the land and its few improvements. No funds were given with the purchase of the preserve for maintenance, so volunteers are key to getting this work done.

Restoration activities and locations vary from month to month. The biggest job is to remove invasive, non-native plants so that the native vegetation can thrive and be enjoyed. Removing invasive plants makes room for wildflowers to return from dormant seeds still in the soil. A thriving native habitat provides better forage and shelter for wildlife, so in addition to more wildflowers visitors get to see more wildlife too.

Monthly volunteer workdays vary from plant restoration to trail maintenance and are held on the third Saturday of each month, from 9am to noon. You can also participate in mustard, radish and thistle removal efforts, which are held almost every Wednesday from 8am to 10am. Enjoy good exercise and great scenery while doing good work. The project and meeting place for both opportunities are announced by e-mail prior to each workday. Sign up by calling (805) 927-2856 or email ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A hands-on stewardship/caring activity
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. [post_title] => Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Monthly Work Day [post_excerpt] => The Ranch is far from the largest of coastal ecosystems, but packs more biological diversity into a confined area than many larger properties. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fiscalini-ranch-preserve-monthly-work-day [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/fiscalini-ranch-preserve-monthly-work-day/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [16] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107222 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:50 [post_content] => What: Docent-Led Nature Walk at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve When: Monthly Reservation Needed: Yes, contact Cambria Ranch Walks at (805) 927-2202 or reservations@cambriaranchwalks.com to make arrangements. Thank you. Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer. The Ranch is far from the largest of coastal ecosystems, but packs more biological diversity into a confined area than many larger properties. It is bordered on the north by a mile and a half of riparian habitat that encompasses tidal effect zones, seasonal freshwater marches and wetlands dotted with birds. The Monterey pine forest (part of three remaining native stands in the world) serves as habitat and cover for wildlife moving between the coastal range and the ocean bluffs. To learn about the upcoming docent-led walks at the Ranch, visit the Docent Walk Schedule page of Cambria Ranch Walks. Walks are generally held on Saturday or Sunday, topics of discussion vary and the walk is led by an expert in the field. The walk is limited to 25 people so reservations are required and can be made by calling (805) 927-2202 or emailing reservations@cambriaranchwalks.com. Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites. This activity selection includes: *A learning activity and/or outing *A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. [post_title] => Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Docent Nature Walk [post_excerpt] => The Ranch is far from the largest of coastal ecosystems, but packs more biological diversity into a confined area than many larger properties.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fiscalini-ranch-preserve-docent-nature-walk [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-22 15:06:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-22 23:06:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/fiscalini-ranch-preserve-docent-nature-walk/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [17] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107226 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:50 [post_content] =>

What: Museum of Natural History at Morro Bay State Park
When: Open daily 10am to 5pm
Reservation Needed: No

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Just west of California's scenic Highway 1, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History sits on a hill overlooking the Morro Bay Estuary. In addition to panoramic views of the coastline, the view from the museum includes world-famous Morro Rock.

The Museum of Natural History - the only one in the California State Park system -- opened in 1962. It served over 10,000 visitors in its first two years alone, and now some 65,000 people visit the Museum annually, including 14,000 children who participate free-of-charge in the docent-led school group programs that support California's required science and social studies standards.

The Museum features state-of-the-art interactive exhibits especially created for the Morro Bay site. The exhibits were developed and designed by Exhibit Group Giltspur, a prestigious internationally known design firm that was selected after a nationwide search. Giltspur has also created exhibits for the Smithsonian and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

26 interactive exhibits designed to delight and educate both young and old, bring world-class museum technology to Morro Bay.

These exhibits provide current scientific information related to the estuary and bay ecosystems and allow visitors to learn about tidal forces, geology, erosion, human impacts on the land and how to preserve and protect the environment and all its living creatures in a fun, hands-on learning environment.

Several of the exhibits feature touch screens that provide visitors the opportunity to find out what the forces of nature are doing at that moment in time. Visitors can build a sand dune, operate the hydrologic cycle and dig into the food pit to create their own food chains.

The Museum of Natural History is located in Morro Bay State Park and is within minutes of the Heron Rookery, Montaña de Oro State Park, the El Moro Elfin Forest and Audubon's Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. The Museum overlooks Morro Bay which is both a State and National Estuary. Entry fees are $3 for adults and free to children 16 and under. The Museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast State Parks Association

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

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When To Visit

Due to temperate weather, the Central Coast’s beaches can be visited comfortably year-round. But depending on your goals, a bit of planning and insider info goes a long way.  For sunny family fun, swimming and kayaking, the months of July through October offer the best weather. For surfing, winter tends to be the best season for wind and swells. (Just bring a wetsuit! Central Coast waters can be quite chilly.) Opportunities for whale watching, bird watching, and elephant seal mating and birthing peak in winter to early spring. Beachcombing, pet play, horseback riding, tidepooling and driving on the beach occur year-round.

What To Bring

Weather tends to be temperate but can be changeable, so layered clothing is recommended. Bring towels, sunscreen, sand toys, boogie boards/surfboards, wetsuits, bottled water, snacks and beach blankets.

Best Beaches for Families on the Central Coast Along Highway 1

Avila Beach

Pick your perfect paradise on one of the best family beaches in California! This spacious beach features soft, fine sand and gentle waves, ideal for little ones and safe water play. (Lifeguards stand watch over the beach during peak summer months.) The boardwalk offers restrooms and outdoor showers, as well as the adjacent Pirate Park with basketball courts and a playground. Additional amenities include picnic tables, grill stands, and parking, along with multiple lodging options. Bring your family for a walk along the pier, or hit up one of the many restaurants that line the beach. Just remember to leave Fido at home between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. (Or take him to Olde Port Beach / Fisherman’s Beach, just south on Avila Beach Drive, where off-leash dogs happily play.) Directions: From Highway 101, take the Avila Beach Drive exit and head west for 2.5 miles. Turn left on San Juan Street and take the next left onto Front Street, which faces the beach.

Cayucos State Beach

Cayucos State Beach blends sand, surf and sun for a classic California vibe. Kids will love the sizeable beach playground, tidepools and fishing off historic Cayucos Pier. (No fishing license required!) For surfers, the waves near the pier offer thrills, and surf schools like Cayucos Surf Company help newbies get in on the action. (Lifeguards watch the beach in summer months.) Multiple casual restaurants line the shore (including the sea-worthy Schooner’s Restaurant) as well as a range of accommodations. Other amenities include restrooms, outdoor showers, and parking. Dogs are allowed on Cayucos State Beach on leash. Directions: From the south, take Highway 1 to the 13th Street exit and head west on 13th Street. Turn right on South Ocean Drive and drive for 1 mile. Turn left on Cayucos Drive and left on Ocean Front Avenue, which faces the beach. From the north, turn right off Highway 1 onto North Ocean Avenue. After 0.7 miles turn right on Cayucos Drive and left on Ocean Front Avenue, which faces the beach. cayucos pier san simeon pier

W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, San Simeon

A local favorite, this beach stands adjacent to the town of Old San Simeon, across Highway 1 from Hearst Castle. In addition to calm waters and a long coastline, this protected cove also offers picnic sites, parking, restrooms, and grill stands. Little ones will enjoy sand play, walking the pier and fishing (no license required), as well as swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. The Coastal Discovery Center, just beside the beach, contains educational exhibits about the shoreline, wildlife, local history and more. Note that leash laws are enforced to the left of San Simeon Pier, but to the right, Fido can play leash-free. Directions: From Highway 1, turn onto Slo San Simeon Rd toward the ocean and follow to the beach.

Moonstone Beach, Cambria

One of the best beaches in Central California for beachcombing, Moonstone Beach encourages exploration for visitors of all ages. This beach is known for its smooth “moonstones” as well as sea glass and driftwood. Waves can be large and strong here, often unsuitable for swimming or surfing. But adjacent Shamel Park offers parking, restrooms, a playground, gazebo, horseshoes, playing field, and seasonal heated swimming pool. Note: dogs are not allowed on Moonstone Beach, but are permitted on leash in Shamel Park. Directions: From Highway 1, turn west on Windsor Boulevard. Drive 0.3 miles and park beside Shamel Park. Moonstone Beach can be accessed through the park. Walking along Cambria Boardwalk Must-See Spots In Cayucos

Morro Bay Strand State Beach Day Use Area, Cayucos

The 6 miles of white sand beach between Morro Rock and the Cayucos Pier make for a scenic and challenging walk in Highway 1 Discovery country. The Morro Bay Strand Day Use Area covers a section of that beach boasting ideal conditions for fishing, windsurfing and kite-flying. It’s also a popular training ground for joggers. With excellent facilities for picnicking, this stretch enjoys a picturesque view of Morro Rock in the distance. Note that leashed dogs are allowed in the adjacent campground, but not on the beach. Directions: The Morro Bay Strand lies 2 miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1. From Highway 1, head west on Cass Street. Make a slight left on 24th Street and follow toward the beach. Park in the lot beyond the State Beach sign.

Morro Bay Dog Beach, Cayucos

Let your four-legged friend play in the surf at this charming off-leash dog beach on Cayucos’s southern end. This stretch of coastline has something for the whole family, including beachcombing (sand dollars!), wildflowers, tidepools, surfing, fishing and birding. It also offers beautiful views of Morro Rock, as well as free parking. Note that this beach does not have restrooms or facilities. Also, if your dog is aggressive or has a strong hunting instinct, please leave him or her on leash or at home. Directions: Access North Point Dog Beach off Highway 1 just south of Cayucos. At Toro Creek Road, turn toward the ocean and find parking between the highway and the shoreline. Estero Bluffs in Cayucos, CA

Estero Bluffs Beach

Part of a scenic state park, this beach can be reached by hiking through grasslands along the bluffs. While several beaches skirt the trail below, the most accessible sits in a sandy cove where Villa Creek meets the sea. Here, find a great spot for tidepooling, whale and birdwatching, and beachcombing. Parking is easy to find along Highway 1 between Cayucos and Cambria. Directions: From Cayucos, drive north on Highway 1 for about four miles and look for parking areas on the ocean side of the road.

Best State Park Beaches on the Central Coast Along Highway 1

Montaña de Oro State Park

Want a state park with an ocean view? This scenic spot offers multiple options. If lounging by the ocean is your style, nothing beats the views at Spooner’s Cove beach. Find a protected cove here, fed by a freshwater stream perfect for wading. Amenities include bathrooms and free parking. (Note that dogs are permitted here on leash, but not on trails or other beaches.) For a challenge, try hiking Valencia Peak, a 4.2-mile loop trail that ascends 1,347 feet. One of the highest in the park, this peak makes for a moderately strenuous hike with striking wildflower and coastal views. To find the trailhead, enter the park and drive through the eucalyptus grove. The parking area for Valencia Peak is on the left, just beyond the visitor center. For horse lovers, Hazard Canyon provides terrific equestrian trails and access to potable water. Try the 11.2-mile Hazard Peak trail for a secluded, moderate ride. To get to the trailhead, enter Montaña de Oro State Park and drive through the eucalyptus grove. The trailhead will be on the left, just before Spooner’s Cove. The same views apply to mountain biking enthusiasts, too. Ride the Oats Peak Trail, an intermediate out-and-back singletrack clocking in at 11.2 miles and an ascent of more than 1,430 feet. To access the trailhead, enter the park and pass through the eucalyptus grove. Pass Spooner’s Cove and the visitor center, then turn left on the road to the Islay Creek Campground. The trailhead will be on the right side of the road, just before dropping to the campground. Directions: Travel 6 miles southwest from Morro Bay, or seven miles south from Los Osos on Pecho Valley Road. Spooner Cove at Montana de Oro

Morro Bay State Park

Visiting the Morro Bay State Park opens a window on the Central Coast at its finest. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the marina, hiking, golfing or watching wildlife ― all beneath a stand of majestic Monterey Pines. Trails abound for hikers and mountain bikers, and kayakers will love cruising around the bay. (Note that dogs are allowed on trails with a leash.) When you’re ready for an indoor adventure, don’t miss the Natural History Museum, which has views of the ocean. Directions: Take Highway 1 to the Los Osos - Baywood Park exit. Drive west for about 1 mile, then turn right into the state park.

Pismo State Beach Oceano

As thrilling as it is beautiful, this state beach includes the Oceano State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), which permits vehicles to drive on the beach. Other activities here include swimming, surfing, kite-flying and horseback riding. Visitors can also enjoy surf fishing or digging for famous Pismo clams. And don’t miss the boardwalk from the SVRA parking lot to the Monarch Butterfly Grove Cross the freshwater lagoon adjacent to the grove for excellent birdwatching. (Note that dogs are allowed on leash only.) Directions: From Highway 101, take the exit toward Pismo Beach/Wadsworth Avenue. Head west on Highway 1 about 7 miles. Keep left at the fork to continue on Highway 1 / Dolliver Street for 3 miles.Turn right onto Pier Avenue, then right onto Pismo State Beach.

Best Central Coast Beach Vacation Towns Along Highway 1

Cambria

This seaside hamlet feels cozy and quaint beneath native stands of Monterey Pines. Hit Cambria Coffee Roasting Company for a cup of joe before heading to Moonstone Beach for majestic views and treasure-hunting. Then take a self-guided walk through Cambria’s historic streets with help from the Cambria Historical Society. Grab lunch at Robin’s Restaurant (don’t miss the lobster bisque!) and wander through Cambria’s boutiques and art galleries. Finish with a hike through the beachfront Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and luxurious seafood dinner and wine at the Sea Chest Oyster Bar. Main Street Cambria

Cayucos

Looking for classic beachy fun? Cayucos sits directly on the shoreline with personality to spare. Try breakfast at the Sea Shanty, then work it off with a walk along Cayucos State Beach. If the weather permits, enjoy surfing and sun bathing in its soft sand until lunchtime. Grab a slice at Ocean Front Pizza, or tacos at Ruddell’s Smokehouse before taking a walk along the historic pier. Try fishing off the side, or browse the antique and surf shops along Ocean Avenue. And don’t miss the Brown Butter Cookie Company, where brown butter cookies are topped with (what else?) sea salt. At dinner time, head to The Grill at the Cass House or Lunada Bistro for farm-to-table cuisine.

San Simeon

There’s plenty of fun to be had in San Simeon, land of castles and endless coastline. Take your cup of coffee up to the Elephant Seal Rookery, and watch the circle of life unfold before your very eyes. Then head to Hearst Castle State Park to experience the grandeur of William Randolph Hearst’s life and times.(Don’t miss the famous Neptune Pool! Or the zebras!) Afterward, lunch on gourmet sandwiches at Sebastian’s Cafe, followed by wine tasting at the adjacent Hearst Ranch Winery tasting room. Then walk down to the W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach and enjoy the sand between your toes. If time permits, learn about marine life and the history of San Simeon at the Coastal Discovery Center. Finish your busy day at the Ragged Point Inn with elegant cuisine, fine local wine, and an ocean view to remember. Whale Watching at the San Simeon Pier on Highway 1 Spooner Cove at Montana de Oro

Los Osos & Baywood

Start a day in Los Osos with coffee at the Back Bay Cafe, then head for Montaña de Oro State Park. Hike, bike, or ride a horse along any number of trails, then relax on the beach at Spooner’s Cove. For lunch, grab tasty Mexican fare at La Casita (plus chips and a container of their legendary salsa for take-away). Then enjoy walking the labyrinth in Baywood, or take in the many artist’s galleries and studios on 2nd Street. Munch those chips and salsa on the Baywood Pier, then dine at Blue Heron for farm-to-table cuisine and local wines.

Avila Beach

This protected paradise can be as exciting or as relaxed as you want it to be. Start with a walk beneath the leafy canopy of the Bob Jones Trail, with a stopover at Woodstone Marketplace for coffee and breakfast. Then finish at the beach for sunbathing, surfing or sand play.  (Avila Beach doesn’t welcome dogs between 10am and 5pm, but Fisherman’s Beach lets them roam off leash, down the road.) Or, if you golf, hit the links at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Either way, you’ll be hungry for lunch. Try Mersea’s for fresh seafood with a view, or Custom House for classic American fare. Afterward, stroll the boardwalk’s unique shops, or take a hike or trolley ride to the Point San Luis Lighthouse. (Remember to make a reservation for the visit!) For wine lovers, try wine tasting in spots like Sinor-Lavallee and Alapay Cellars. Finish with a French bistro dinner at Blue Moon Over Avila, or fresh flavors at romantic The Gardens of Avila. Oceano Dunes on Highway 1

Oceano

Have a freewheeling good time in this hidden gem by the sea! Begin the day with a walk - or ride - along the beach. The Oceano Dunes State Park Vehicular Area is the only beach in California that permits vehicles to drive on the beach. Looking for a thrill? Try a Hummer tour with an experienced guide. Oceano also welcomes horses and their riders to enjoy the sand and sea. Try hooking up with the Pacific Dunes Riding Ranch for information on trail rides and stables. After a busy morning, take a load off at Beach Burger, one of the best spots for piled-high burgers. In the afternoon, hit the Oceano Train Depot and Museum for a fascinating look at the town’s history. Afternoons also provide the best time for kite-flying, kite-boarding or paragliding on the shoreline. In the evening, try any one of Oceano’s famed Mexican restaurants like Chacho’s or Old Juan’s Cantina. Follow that with a show at the uproarious Great American Melodrama theater, where the laughs come a mile a minute. [post_title] => Best Beaches in Central California [post_excerpt] => The Central Coast boasts some of the best beaches in the U.S., and certainly on the West Coast. Visitors can find a spectrum of options, with ideal beaches for sunbathing, beachcombing, wildlife viewing, surfing, tidepooling, doggie fun or even dune-driving. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-best-beaches-in-central-california [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-05 20:43:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-06 04:43:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/?post_type=activities&p=112919 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 48 [max_num_pages] => 3 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => 1 [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => fb17726e67d9fd61da34d3e1095d1088 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )

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