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Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo & San Simeon

Pismo Beach

This classic beach town is located on California’s famous central coast, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles along Pacific Coast and 101 Highways. Soak up the sun on the beach or partake in the many water sports available including surfing, sea kayaking, boating and fishing. Pismo and Shell Beaches offer spectacular rocks, caves, cliffs, beaches and coves that are perfect for kayaks. Ride private trails through the spectacular Oceano Dunes and Beach. Try out a new set of woods on one of area’s world-class golf courses. Black Lake and the Avila Beach Golf Resort are with in ten minutes of Pismo Beach.

Head inland to the historic regions of Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande and Avila valley to wine country and visit one of the many wineries in the region. Visit Hearst Castle. The boardwalk offers an array or dining options and shops or visit Pismo Beach Premium Outlets.40 Outlet Stores. Find impressive savings at Aeropostale, Calvin Klein, Jones New York, Levi’s Outlet, Nike, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen and many more.

San Luis Obispo

Tucked between the Coast Range, the Pacific Ocean and right in the middle of Central Coast Wine Country, San Luis Obispo enjoys all the spoils of a life well lived on the California coast. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on historic Highway 1, San Luis Obispo enjoys year-round sun, a warm Mediterranean marine climate, a world-class wine region and thousands of acres of protected open space.

Downtown you’ll discover charming shops, restaurants and the weekly SLO farmers market with vendors selling flowers, food and other local produce. With a handful of hotels tucked into turn-of-the-century mercantile buildings, and a burgeoning nightlife and cultural scene, it’s no wonder that this town has won awards. Among it all is the beautifully preserved Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Along the shoreline from May to October the star attractions are humpback whales on route to Baja for the breeding season. Boat excursions and whale-watching tours will provide up-close encounters and memories to treasure for a lifetime.  You can also enjoy surfing at Morro Bay or swimming at Avila Beach, which offers slightly warmer water and calmers waves. Visit the Olde Port Fish Market at the end of Port San Luis Pier, where fishmongers cook up crab and sell their freshly caught produce. This laid-back, sleepy beach town offers a fantastic array of activities for all.

San Simeon

Approximately halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along the Pacific Coast lies San Simeon. A key feature of the area is Hearst Castle, a hilltop mansion built by William Randolph Hearst in the early 20th century that is now a tourist attraction. Make a stop at Elephant Seal Rookery, where you will see hundreds of seals playing and sunning themselves on the beach. If you are a surf lover, head to Pico Creek Surf Spot located at the north end of San Simeon. Its a popular surf sport for short and longboarders as well as kite surfers. Explore the wonders of the central coast from your kayak or boat. Hiking and biking trails are abundant in the area with stunning views around every corner. Be sure to see the beautiful San Simeon Point and Cove. Drive into the backcountry and see the roads lined with vineyards and rolling hills. The region is home to over 80 wineries, so be sure to stop for a wine tasting.

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