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My family (my husband, myself and our 10 yo son) is planning our summer vacation in central coast region. We will be going for less than a week in August. We plan to visit Cambria, San Luis Obisbo, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach and Santa Maria. We have never been there before but I've heard lots of good things from friends. My son is not sure what kind of activities he'll find there, other than the beach. He's crazy about basketball, and just starting to take golf lessons. Any recommendation would be greatly appreciated. Vivian
2) We got a LOT of mileage from an excellent (free) booklet, ''Ag Adventures of the Central Coast.'' Not sure if this is still in print, but it gives you dozes of ideas for ranches, farms, & wineries to visit. I still recall the magnificent Arabian horses we visited..... enjoyed the c.c.
There are a couple of good golf courses: One smaller course on Los Osos Valley Road between Los Osos and San Luis Obispo, one beautiful one with an ocean view in Morro Bay, and one on HWY 1 between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo called Dairy Creek.
For hiking there's a beautiful place on the coast called MontaC1a de Oro that has several hiking trails of various levels. There's a moderate climb on Black Hill in Morro Bay State Park and a thrilling mountain to climb in San Luis Obispo called Bishop's Peak.
Sit-on-top kayaking in Morro Bay with tons of wild life to view in the bay and estuary.
A great cement skate park in Los Osos on Los Osos Valley Road near the library and lots of great back roads for biking.
In SLO proper there's tons of family-friendly restaurants and some cool movie theatres.
Every Thursday night is the farmer's market street fair in SLO with bands, food, performances, and delicious produce.
Let me know if you want some restaurant recommendations.
Have fun! Megan
We are looking for a good location to rent a large house that can accomodate our extended family (i.e. grandparents, parents & grandchildren) for about a week in the fall. Family will be coming out from Chicago and they are interested in somewhere warm on the California coast, where everyone can swim, and there are enough activities for all (kids are ages 2 - 6). We have considered either Santa Barbara or Santa Monica. Looking for any input about these options, or other ideas?
We are planning a week long getaway to the central coast--SLO, avila beach, san simeon, cambria, etc for our family of four but I am having a heck of a time locating a reliable, trustworthy vacation rental site. Has anyone had any experience renting a beach house anywhere near these beach towns? We want privacy and walking distance to the beach, nothing fancy, just comfy and clean. Any advice or leads would be awesome! nicole
Coastal Escapes 800 578 2100
Cambria Vacation Rentals 800 545 5079
Our favorite house was at 260 Worcester - it was huge and had all the amenities anyone would want (nicer than our house, really, which made it a real vacation.) We loved going for July 4th or for the week before Labor Day, as they have real parade / park events that were really fun for little kids. My boys live in the hills here, where learning to ride a bike is impossible. They both honed their skills and took off the training wheels in Cambria! hope that helps - - happy Cambria tourist
My husband and I would like to spend a few days on the central coast with our 3 year old right after Christmas. We would like somewhere kid-friendly, not too crowded, where we can go to the beach, hike, relax. We would like to be able to visit Hearst Castle and be within a 4-5 hour drive from Berkeley. We hope to rent a cabin/cottage where we can cook meals though it can't be too pricey. Any recommendations of towns that fit the bill, or specific places to stay? need a vacation
Cambria has it's own beach, but there is also a wonderful beach just north of there called Moonstone Beach. If you like to collect pretty beach stones and pebbles, this is a wonderful place to visit. There is no sand, at least not the last time I visited 10 years ago. It is all pebbles. Cambria is very close to Hearst Castlle. I believe right near San Simeon you can observe the Elephant Seals on the beach. Be respectful of them as they have signs posted everywhere not to go near them. There use to be restricted parking to prevent too many people going there. I don't know how it is today. At any rate, it is a great area and Cambria is a wonderful little town. Laurey
I'm looking for a beach/oceanfront vacation rental (for 3-6 people) for a week somewhere on the Central Coast for late July/early August. I'm partial to Santa Cruz, but also wouldn't mind San Luis, Pismo, Santa Barbara, etc. Any recommendations? I want to be only steps from the sand and I want gorgeous views. Thanks! hanniemay
My husband and I, plus our easy-going 1 year old, are planning a little road trip to the Central Coast. We're thinking about staying in Cambria or Cayucos, and Morro Bay, and are looking for recommendations for places to stay and perhaps any particular things to do. Pre-baby we were B&B folks, so we're still hoping for quaint and peaceful, yet toddler friendly. Possible? We like to hike, eat good food, see art, and hang out on the beach. Anyone out there familiar with the area, and can share info? Thanks! Joanna
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