Discover California’s Central Coast: Get Coastal

We’re partnering with SLO CAL to bring you insider knowledge on this off the beaten path adventure destination. We’ll make sure you know exactly 
what to do and where to go once you get there.


Locat­ed in the heart of California’s Cen­tral Coast, SLO CAL is a hid­den gem on California’s coast­line just wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. From pris­tine beach­es with pump­ing surf to oak-strewn hill­sides, SLO CAL has some­thing for the adven­tur­er in all of us.

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These rugged shores are dot­ted with end­less coves, full of oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore. From Ragged Point to Pis­mo Beach, each unique town is ripe with its own local fla­vor. May the surf­ing, pad­dle board­ing, and kayak­ing commence.

Start your jour­ney of SLO CAL on the intre­pid North Coast. At the south end of the Big Sur coast­line, Ragged Point looms large above the Pacif­ic Ocean, offer­ing sweep­ing vis­tas and incred­i­ble panora­mas of California’s Cen­tral Coast. Sip a cap­puc­ci­no from the cliff-side cof­fee shop while admir­ing the lush gar­dens and some of Cal­i­for­ni­a’s most strik­ing scenery. 

Head south down to San Sime­on on the icon­ic High­way 1 Dis­cov­ery Route, which spans miles of gor­geous coun­try through­out the area. Turn your sites to the many sandy beach coves along the way as this region is pop­u­lar with the local ele­phant seals sun­bathing along the coastal area known as Piedras Blan­cas. If you’re feel­ing ambi­tious, head out for a kitesurf if the wind is right. 

As you wind your way down the coast, you’ll find the famous Hearst Cas­tle, a
lux­u­ri­ous hill­top man­sion that looks out over the Pacif­ic and boasts a gold gild­ed swim­ming pool and a herd of zebras. Stop for a tour or keep head­ing down to Cayu­cos, a small town with authen­tic local fla­vor, and the per­fect spot to grab some fresh-caught seafood and hang near the beach. 

Mor­ro Bay
is a great stop on your jour­ney and the per­fect place to take part in some beach-side escapades. A seafarer’s won­der­land, you won’t want to miss the oppor­tu­ni­ty for some stand-up pad­dle board­ing with amaz­ing views of the awe-inspir­ing Mor­ro Rock or take a jaunt on one of the many board­walks.

After a full day of coastal activ­i­ties, we can’t think of a bet­ter place to spend the gold­en hour than over­look­ing the ocean. Take a kayak trip around Shell Beach through the tow­er­ing Dinosaur Caves or take advan­tage of the sea­son­al swells and head down to Pis­mo Beach for a sun­set surf ses­sion at the pier. If you’re feel­ing a lit­tle more leisure­ly, set sail on an evening tour of Port San Luis from Avi­la Beach. The area is as rich in local his­to­ry as it is in whales and oth­er marine life.

Either way, make sure you don’t miss the spec­tac­u­lar sun­sets that spoil the area year round. We promise, after spend­ing the day tak­ing in the small arti­san towns and charm­ing sea­side vil­lages, you’ll end your day wish­ing you’d nev­er have to leave.

G e t t i n g    T h e r e
Now with direct flights from Den­ver, San Fran­cis­co, Seat­tle, and more, get­ting to SLO CAL is eas­i­er than ever. Come stay and hang out, we dare you to get bored in this explorer’s paradise.