Two Days of Adventure in San Luis Obispo County

Your Itinerary for an Exciting Getaway


DAY ONE – GROVER BEACH, ARROYO GRANDE AND PISMO BEACH

Begin at the entrance to the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, where adventures galore take place, located just off Highway 1 and Highway 101 in Grover Beach, California.

On Grover Beach, all-terrain off road vehicles can be rented to go four-wheel driving on the seemingly endless dunes or just experience driving directly on the Pacific Ocean coastline for miles.  Bike rental is available.

Distance from Grover Beach to Arroyo Grande: 1.7 miles (app. 4 min)

Take a drive to Arroyo Grande Creek’s “swinging bridge.” First built from rope in the 1880's, the swinging bridge that crosses Arroyo Grande Creek is justly famous. At 171 feet long and 40 feet above the creek, it is a memorable way to reach a fun destination in the middle of town in an area known as "The Village.”

Enjoy a round of gold at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande.  Mature cypress trees, lush green fairways and cool fresh ocean air make Cypress Ridge a golfers' paradise. Distance from Arroyo Grande to Pismo Beach: 4.2 miles (app. 6 min)

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DAY TWO – PISMO BEACH AND AVILA BEACH

Head north to San Luis Obispo to hike Bishop Peak or Madonna Mountain, or mountain bike along many trails from easy terrain to steep downhill and cross-country trails.

Distance from Pismo Beach to San Luis Obispo:  13 miles (app. 15 minutes)

Nearby in the community of Los Osos, nature still previals. Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve features ancient sand dunes covered with centuries-old coast live oak trees.Large groves of non-native eucalyptus trees attract the annually migrating Monarch butterflies to Los Osos.  Another awe-inspiring state park is the Majestic Montana de Oro California State Park.

Distance from San Luis Obispo to Los Osos: 11 miles (app. 16 min)

Just ten minutes away is the historic fishing village of Morro Bay, for scuba diving, fishing, while watching in season or kayaking, with lesson and wet suits available.

Next stop, picturesque Avila Beach with accommodations at the Avila Lighthouse Suites.    Grab a surfboard, windsurf gear, or kayak and head to the beach for an extreme day on the water.  If the Pacific Ocean water is too chilly, a few steps away, the Avila Lighthouse Suite’ outdoor pool and spa are heated.

In Avila Beach, rent a sailboat or schedule a deep sea fishing excursion to see what’s biting.  Or, explore on land with a bike ride on famous Bob Jones Trail (rental bikes are available in the Village) or join a beach volleyball game on public courts.

Tandem skydiving is also available in nearby Pismo Beach for a bigger thrill, with a targeted landing right on the beach for the not-faint at heart.

The expansive rooms at the Avila Lighthouse Suites give visitors a chance to stretch out after touring. Two choices for dinner venues come with a heaping helping of history.The Custom House was completely renovated in 1999, but the building was originally a U.S. Customs Office, with San Luis Bay designed as the official U.S. point of entry after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906.  Or, dine right on the Hartford Pier on Avila Beach at the Old Port Inn. The restaurant’s prime location guarantees unbeatable views and specializes in seafood.

A complimentary continental breakfast in the Galley includes make-your-own waffles.

Distance from Morro Bay to Avila Beach:  23 miles (app. 30 minutes)

Avila Beach Hotel:

Avila Lighthouse Suites