6 Travel Hacks to Use When You Visit San Luis Obispo

June 14, 2021

San Luis Obispo (known locally as SLO) is located between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This central location allows visitors to enjoy the best of California life. To the west, there’s the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and to the east are the Santa Lucia Mountains. The city also has a great downtown area, historic architecture, wineries, fantastic restaurants, and more. Here are a few travel hacks that will make your trip to San Luis Obispo extra special.

1. Use Groupons

Search the Groupon website for fantastic deals and discounts on local activities, restaurants, museums, tours, and stores. You can also find Groupons for acupuncture, spa treatments, shows, aerial classes, martial arts classes, and tours. Some Groupons could help you save up to 50 percent off services and products.

2. Visit the Farmers’ Market

San Luis Obispo has a well-known farmers’ market that’s one of the best in the state of California. This weekly event is located on Higuera Street between Osos Street and Nipomo Avenue. The market is filled with fresh produce and is best known for amazing street food at affordable prices. Visit this local market for a few meals to save money during your trip.

3. Rent a Car

If you’re staying at a boutique hotel near San Luis Obispo, rent a car to travel to the beach or the mountains. Having a car also gives you the option to visit nearby cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

4. Disguise Your Wallet

San Luis Obispo is a charming city with a large student population, and sometimes there are large gatherings and crowds at special events. If you attend a popular event, keep your wallet and valuables in a small crossbody purse or bag. Choose a wallet or crossbody bag that’s small enough to tuck into your jeans or shorts near the waistband. This prevents people from having easy access to your wallet when they bump into you.

5. Look for Hidden Gems

Discover boutique wineries located between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. These local wineries are hidden from plain sight, but you’ll be thrilled to discover them as you drive through the picturesque area. A pro tip is to make sure you eat a full meal before arriving at the wineries to balance out the wine tasting you will be doing along the way.

6. Bring a Sweater

The weather is usually beautiful in SLO, but it’s best to carry a jacket, hoodie, or sweater with you everywhere you go. The weather is cooler in the mornings and evenings, and it’s best to be prepared. Try to choose a lightweight option that easily fits into a backpack or purse. 

With these travel hacks, you’ll be ready to explore “The Happiest City in America,” so book your room today at Sands Inn & Suites, a premier SLO boutique hotel. San Luis Obispo visitors return again and again to our AAA Three-Diamond property, which features soothing Spanish-inspired décor, a tranquil fountain area, a heated outdoor pool and spa, and amenities such as free WiFi, gym access, and parking. Call us at (800) 441-4657 to reserve your room or suite. 

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