Things to do in San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo County: The Best Beaches

March 25, 2022 Marissa Gamble

Discover the best top things to do in San Luis Obispo County, United States including Piedras Blancas, Olde Port Beach, Moonstone Beach, Morro Strand State Beach, William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Pismo State Beach, Eldwaylen Ocean Park, Avila Main Beach, Pismo State Beach, Fisherman's Beach.

1. Piedras Blancas

15950 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, CA 93452
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
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5.0 based on 722 reviews

Piedras Blancas

Reviewed By DePere - De Pere, United States

We visited the elephant seal rookery of Piedras Blancas in mid-April. We learned while we were there that the large males (5000 pounds) with the extended noses (proboscis ) would not be on the beach at this time of the year. The elephant seals on the beach would be females and adolescents using the beach as a place to molt. This was a great experience. We visited the boardwalk during the evening and then returned to the same area in the morning. We witnessed more activity in the morning session. The boardwalks extend both north and south of the parking lot. There were seals in the water, seals on the beach, seals sleeping, seals climbing over each other, and seals sparring with each other. This was just a great experience, especially for a person from the Midwest. The area has great signage on the road so a person can easily find the rookery, located a few miles north of San Simeon. Brochures and informational bulletin boards provides you with education about these sea mammals. No fee associated with parking or accessing the viewing area.

2. Olde Port Beach

2650 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach, CA 93424-3560 https://www.avilabeachpier.com/information/olde-port-beach.html
Excellent
100%
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Olde Port Beach

3. Moonstone Beach

Cambria, CA 93452
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 2,081 reviews

Moonstone Beach

Charming and natural beach.

Reviewed By Y3183QOlindab

A must see along the coast. A wooden walkway winds itself along the beach for a beautiful walk from end to end.

4. Morro Strand State Beach

Highway 1, Morro Bay, CA +1 805-772-2560 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=593
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 300 reviews

Morro Strand State Beach

Reviewed By A7731CBphilh

We went there on Christmas Day 2020 and went when the tide was going out - the perfect time for collecting sand dollars - as there were thousands of them everywhere! Small (free) parking lot at the beach and a short walk through the sandy trail gets you to the wide open beach which was pretty empty of people. Note that dogs are not allowed on the beach (though we saw some people out there with dogs, who may have walked over from neighboring beaches where dogs are allowed). When you go, be ready for potential winds (i.e., you may want to check the tides and weather before going).

5. William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach

750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452-9740 805-927-2035 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=589
Excellent
57%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 164 reviews

William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach

Reviewed By ROCruiser - Claremont, United States

We were spending a few days in Morro Bay after staying home for six months because of the pandemic. It was easier to travel in our RV which was like taking our 'house' with us. We bought some pies and quiche from Linn's Easy as Pie in Cambria and had a picnic lunch right here at the beach in our RV. What a great view to go with our delicious lunch! Entrance was free as we told the ranger that we were just stopping for lunch. There were not many people there which made it even better for us.

6. Pismo State Beach

555 Pier Ave, Oceano, CA 93445-9663 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=595
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Pismo State Beach

Reviewed By misopiso88 - Seattle, United States

We were visiting the Butterfly Sanctuary and walked along the boardwalks to Pismo State Beach in Oceano. Lovely beach where you can actually drive your car on to the sand!

7. Eldwaylen Ocean Park

Ocean Blvd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 805-773-7039 http://www.pismobeach.org/290/Eldwayen-Ocean-Park
Excellent
56%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Eldwaylen Ocean Park

Reviewed By CraigB281 - Houston, United States

Shell Beach is a wonderful throw back in time Cali beach village. This park has wonderful sunsets and is never overcrowded. If you have time go down to the rocky beach at low tide and explore the tidal areas.

8. Avila Main Beach

404 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Avila Main Beach

Reviewed By sqw

My all time favorite beach. Might take a couple minutes, but parking always possible. Always warmer than neighboring beaches. Dogs allowed in morning, but not 10 - 5.

9. Pismo State Beach

555 Pier Ave off Highway 1, Oceano, CA 93445-9663 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=595#features
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Pismo State Beach

Reviewed By soulefultraveler - Sun City West, United States

Away from the town of Pismo there are few crowds. Very wide sandy beach fabulous for walking. Dogs on leashes. Highly recommended.

10. Fisherman's Beach

Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Fisherman's Beach

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