What’s Top on the Must-See List when You Visit San Luis Obispo?

August 12, 2021

Christened “The Happiest City in America,” San Luis Obispo offers much to do and see for visitors. From the weekly farmers’ market on Higuera Street and the city’s historic district to the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum, there are many things that can be on your agenda when coming here. But if there’s one thing you should make sure you see in San Luis Obispo, it would have to be Pismo Beach—and here’s why, brought to you by the welcoming staff at Sands Inn & Suites, a premier San Luis Obispo hotel you can rely on for exceptional service and comfort.

Pismo Beach

Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Coast, Pismo Beach is just a 15-minute drive away from San Luis Obispo. It’s a scenic 60-acre stretch of shoreline that’s a place you’ll want to see in the SLO area because of the many things to do here. As is the case with many similar spots in the Golden State, the view here is impressive, so feel free to snap plenty of pics and selfies when checking out this location.

Activities you and anyone else coming with you to San Luis Obispo can enjoy at Pismo Beach include, but certainly aren’t limited to:

• Surfing and bodyboarding
• Playing volleyball on the beach
• Fishing from Pismo Beach Pier
• Kite flying thanks to the strong breezes common here
• Scuba diving when conditions are right

The windy conditions typical of Pismo Beach keep things generally cooler here even when it gets a bit warmer elsewhere. This makes it a great place to relax and unwind when visiting the SLO area during the hotter days of summer.

This beach is also home to Monarch Butterfly Grove. Thousands of stunningly beautiful butterflies gather here during the later months of the year and into the first few months of the new year.

With San Luis Obispo as your base, Pismo Beach can also be a perfect place to come as a family, since there’s a children’s play area here, too. You’re also welcome to check out nearby cafés, shops, and fish and chips restaurants that are very close to the beach. Plus, there’s a nearby farmers’ market you can check out at various times on Wednesdays throughout the year.

Honorable Mentions

Tucked away within a protected cove in San Luis Obispo Bay, Avila Beach is another thing to add to your must-see list when visiting SLO. The calmer waters make it a perfect spot to brush up on your surfing if you’re new to this activity. You’ll also find a picnic area and small playground here.

Additional SLO area honorable mentions for your must-see list include:

• Shell Beach, where you might see sea lions, dolphins, or even migrating whales
• The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, located in downtown SLO
• Bishop Peak, where a hike to the top will reward you with sweeping panoramic views
• The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, where you can go for a day of outdoor fun 

Visitors to San Luis Obispo will find so much to enjoy they’ll want to stay for several days. When they’re looking for high-quality service at an exceptionally comfortable hotel, SLO visitors should reach out to the friendly staff at Sands Inn & Suites. We have everything our guests need for a relaxing stay. Our wide array of amenities include refrigerators, microwave ovens, flat-screen TVs with digital cable, and complimentary high-speed WiFi. To learn more about our exceptional accommodations, call us today at (800) 441-4657.

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