With mild year-round weather, fewer crowds, and affordable prices (at least compared to L.A. and San Francisco), this central-coast college town embodies California mellow, making for easy romance. It also offers easy access to great wine country (think Sideways), laid-back Pismo Beach, and the grandeur of Hearst Castle. Readers ranked it at the top of the survey for its coffee—like ...
Cities near San Luis Obispo
- 147 reviews
Active small beach town conveniently located near the 101. Nice warm beach, pier, shops and many good restaurants. Enjoy!
- 24 reviews
Cayucos is a lovely, down-to-earth, friendly city with a very nice beach, an attractive pier, some good restaurants and a wonderful view of Morro Rock. Some of their hotels are a bit on the shabby side but some are not. If your looking for a place to stay while visiting Hearst Castle and don't mind driving a little bit, this ...
- 34 reviews
Small town on central coast with a lot of character. Big farms, beaches, sand dunes and access to several other surrounding towns. Nice stop along Route 1.
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Another small community that has a rich history and affords great views of Morro Rock as you make your way south into Montana De Oro State Park.
- 635 reviews
Morro bay is a great place to stop and have some sea food. There are lots of nice restaurants by the bay with great views.
- 713 reviews
Hidden beach town on California central coast. Great family and/or romantic getaway. Pet friendly and kid friendly. Really beautiful setting.
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- 1618 reviews
What a beautiful scenic area. The home to the Hearst castle and off the gorgeous Cali coast. Take a ride here and make it a date!
- 1718 reviews
It's hard not to be charmed by the small town of Cambria, especially with the boardwalk along postcard-perfect Moonstone Beach. Mostly a wealthy retirement community, the atmosphere is a lot like Carmel-by-the-Sea near Monterey, but less built-up and developed. After you've taken a walk on East/West Ranch and the boardwalk, driven out to Linn's original fruit stand or tried some ...
- 182 reviews
Very close to the central coast beaches like avila and pismo beach with lots of great places to eat mexican food.
- 2020 reviews
nice winery not as expensive as napa