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Spring Break Bucket List: Central Coast Edition

Make all your spring break dreams come true this year. Follow this list to make the most of this time on the Central Coast, from jam-packed road trips to relaxing beach days. Don’t forget your swimsuit!

1. Road Trip on Big Sur

The winding coastal highway, PCH, that encompasses Big Sur is famous for good reason. the twists and turns uncover fantastic and unforgettable ocean views, with white cliffs jutting off and colliding with crashing waves. Over spring break, take a road trip up to see it for yourself. You can stop at famous Big Sur landmarks like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, or pull off to grab a bite to eat at one of the small Big Sur communities. FYI – the entire highway is not currently open because of landslides in early 2017, but there is a detour which is just as beautiful!

Photo: (c) @whatnottomiss

2. Complete the Tri-Tip Challenge

Over the next few weeks in San Luis Obispo we’ll enjoy sunny weather in the 60’s and 70’s. It’ll be perfect weather to try the SLO tradition of hiking three major peaks: Bishop’s Peak, Cerro San Luis (Madonna), and The Cal Poly “P”. The challenge is completed by eating a hearty tri-tip sandwich at Firestone Grill. Try a sunrise hike at Bishop’s Peak. Sometimes the fog rolls in, granting beautiful San Luis Obispo views in the early morning. Follow this up with Madonna Mountain, which is right across a valley from Bishop’s, and finish off with the shorter, steep Cal Poly “P”. Be advised, even though the hikes are acceptable for beginning hikers, the challenge will take 4-5 hours out of your day!


3. Take a surfing lesson

Never actually learned to surf, despite being so close to the shore? Spring Break is your chance to finally learn! Rent a board and take a fun lesson in Pismo Beach. If surfing isn’t quite your style, there’s always other water sports to try out, including water skiing, wake-boarding, paddle-boarding, and boogie boarding.

Photo: (c) @photographyjeff


4. Eat fresh seafood on the Pismo Pier

Seafood is best when it’s fresh – that’s one thing we know for sure living on the Central Coast. Pay a visit to one of Pismo’s pier front restaurants: Oyster Loft, Cracked Crab, or Splash café for fresh, tasty seafood! If you get take out, you can also enjoy your crab sandwich or clam chowder while walking along the 1,370 foot long Pismo Pier.


5. Eat a double-double at In & Out

The best spring break duo? A burger and fries. Head to In & Out, California’s favorite fast-food joint, for a juicy, delicious burger that can go anywhere with you, from a beach-front picnic to the car on a coastal road-trip.

Photo: (c) @jihoojuliankim

6. Check out wildflowers in full bloom

When rain falls over the Central Coast in winter, we get the best reward when the sun shines again and blooms wildflowers to their full color. Blooms on the Central Coast can be seen all over town. However, check out our blog for more fantastic places to see the display, including Shell Creek Road and Perfumo Canyon.

Photo: (c) @centralcoastmama

7. Dance at a music festival

Looking for some live music in the neighborhood this spring break? There are plenty of venues around town that will have shows in the next few weeks. Try live jazz Thursday nights at Dark Nectar in Atascadero, Hunter & the Dirty Jacks at the Siren in Morro Bay, or Saturday Live at Vina Robles Winery in Paso. That’s just a sampling – click here for more upcoming live music events!

Photo: (c) @vinaroblesamp


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