Simple Tips for Beginner Travelers Coming to San Luis Obispo

February 10, 2022

San Luis Obispo, nestled inland between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of the stunning Santa Lucia Mountains, features year-round sunshine and a thriving wine industry. This cozy community offers small-town charm as well as a number of popular attractions. Here are some insider tips for beginner travelers that can make visiting San Luis Obispo more memorable.

Pay Attention to the Annual Weather

On average, the temperatures in San Luis Obispo are in the 60s and 70s during the day and drop to the 50s and 40s at night. The air also turns chilly in the open spaces at higher elevations and during storms. Of course, temperature extremes have been known to occur either way throughout the year. Check the forecast before your arrival and pack clothing appropriate for weather changes. While bathing suits are common attire to enjoy beachfront locations, bring along a sweater, jacket, or light coat. Also, consider different types of footwear so you’ll be ready for both casual strolling and hiking on rugged terrain. And since the sun shines most of the time here, don’t forget your sunglasses. You can always leave the items you don’t need in your hotel. San Luis Obispo locals would do the same, so why not you?


Nowadays, people are tethered to their digital devices day and night. However, to make the most of your vacation, practice restraint. Except when it’s absolutely necessary, consider unplugging for the duration of your stay. Focus on your surroundings, activities, and loved ones to fully experience the fun and excitement of your getaway.

Consider Local Transportation

If you’re staying at a hotel near San Luis Obispo, you may want to rent a car to travel to the beach or the mountains. However, although San Luis Obispo is a smaller community compared to Los Angeles, San Diego, and similar big cities, there’s no shortage of transportation for individuals who arrive by plane or train. There are locations that are strictly for pedestrians. You might consider venturing from one area to another by renting a bike. Inner-city shuttle and trolley services are readily available, as are buses, taxis, and Ubers.

Experience Nature

Make a point of exploring the exquisite landscape around San Luis Obispo. Remember your camera, and be prepared to get some amazing photos. Take the time to experience the smells, sights, and sounds of the area’s beaches, dunes, valleys, and mountains. Enjoy the warmth of the sun on the beach by day and indulge in a stroll along the beach at sunset.

Learn how to kayak or paddleboard. Take a tour of the shoreline and marvel at the views from the waterfront. Venture to the Dinosaur Caves at Shell Beach. Rent a bike, pack a picnic meal, and enjoy a day on one of the many biking trails in the area. Stroll along the Ontario Ridge Trail and catch the view overlooking Avila Beach. The Bluff Trail in Montaña de Oro State Park and the Bob Jones City to the Sea Trail are other options. Montaña de Oro is a fascinating location due to the hidden beaches and caves found there. Maybe surf or have an exhilarating ATV adventure on the sand dunes. 

With these simple travel tips, 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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