Benefits of Visiting San Luis Obispo Prior to the Summer Busy Season

May 10, 2021

San Luis Obispo is one of the most perfect places you can visit for a relaxing vacation. This gorgeous secluded part of California, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, boasts a friendly small-town vibe, enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and offers a huge variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation. From the open streets of downtown SLO to the rolling hills that surround the city, you’ll find adventure everywhere you go, which makes it an ideal spring getaway. The friendly team from Sands Inn & Suites, a premier San Luis Obispo hotel, explain some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you visit SLO before summer.

Beat the Beach Crowds

San Luis Obispo is a great place to visit any time of year, but late spring is one of the best times to head to SLO if you value peaceful beach time away from summertime crowds. There are several beaches for San Luis Obispo visitors to enjoy. Pismo Beach, which is less than 15 minutes away, features towering cliffs, wide stretches of pristine sand, a fishing pier, and a lively boardwalk. Thanks to its 23 miles of shoreline with constant waves, this beach is a favorite of bodyboarders and surfers.

Avila Beach is protected from winds by surrounding hills, so it’s warmer than Pismo Beach. The water is also much calmer at Avila Beach, which makes it a perfect spot for learning to surf. You’ll also find the waters here are especially well suited for sailing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. 

Bask in the Blooms

During the spring, San Luis Obispo County bursts into bloom, so it’s the perfect time to visit and explore miles of trails and open-air spaces. The hills turn vibrant green, and if you visit between March and May, you’ll see an explosion of colorful wildflowers everywhere you look. Take a day trip to Carrizo Plain National Monument, where you’ll marvel at entire hillsides covered in purple, orange, and yellow. Or travel 15 minutes away to Montaña de Oro State Park, which gets its name from the brilliant gold, orange, and yellow wildflowers that blanket its hillsides in springtime.

Avoid Lines at the Museums

In San Luis Obispo, you’ll find fantastic museums for people of all ages and interests, and spring is a great time to visit because they’re less crowded. At the railroad museum, you’ll learn all about SLO’s historic Railroad District. Art enthusiasts will delight in the huge collection of contemporary pieces by local artists at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, located in the western part of the popular Mission Plaza in the downtown area. If you’re bringing the kids along, don’t miss the hands-on San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, a must-see destination designed for kids up to 10 years old that’s filled with interactive exhibits.

When you visit before summer, you’re certain to find plenty of fun things to see and do in San Luis Obispo. Bring the whole family (including the four-legged furry members) and explore “The Happiest City in America” while staying with us at Sands Inn & Suites. When they’re looking for a comfortable hotel near San Luis Obispo, visitors make us their top choice because we offer all the amenities our guests need for a relaxing getaway, including an outdoor heated pool and spa, an on-site gym, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs with digital cable. Call us at (800) 441-4657 today to reserve your room or suite. 

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