About San Luis Obispo County
Whether you are looking to spend an afternoon having a romantic picnic in a vineyard or on a family hike out on the coast, San Luis Obispo County has a little something for everyone!
San Luis Obispo was incorporated in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties when California became a state. The county covers 3,616 square miles, located along the Pacific Ocean in Central California and borders Santa Barbara County to the south, Monterey County to the north and Kern County to the east. The micro-climates in this county make it very desirable for many outdoor activities nearly all year round.
San Luis Obispo County is one of the largest wine producing counties in the state, growing in popularity as a wine country vacation destination. Home to more than 200 wineries that produce more than 40 wine grape varieties.
On our North Coast you will find the opulent William Randolph Hearst Castle and the breathtaking coastal communities San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay and Los Osos. As you continue south, you will find yourself in the namesake city of San Luis Obispo, home of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa founded in 1772, the fifth of 21 California missions, and California Polytechnic State University founded in 1903. The city of San Luis Obispo offers an assortment of restaurants as well as boutique shopping. Further down the South Coast you will enjoy the towns of Avila Beach, Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande and Nipomo.
If it’s lake life you enjoy, to the south is Lopez Lake and to the north are reservoirs Nacimiento and San Antonio, all of which attract vacationers interested in water sports, fishing and camping.
Love to walk, bicycle, or golf? You will fall in love with the new boardwalk to the iconic Morro Bay Rock, or the Bob Jones trail from SLO to Avila Beach. Golf at the beautiful 18 holes courses at Morro Bay or Avila Bay. In addition there are two 9 hole executive courses, Laguna Lake in SLO and in Sea Pines in Los Osos.
For those that love to watch nature in action, the area is part of the
Migratory Pacific Flyway and there is a Monarch Butterfly breading habitat in Pismo Beach.
And don’t miss the famous Thursday night Farmers Market in downtown SLO where you can gather the freshest fruits, flowers, and vegetables grown right here in our county. Numerous restaurants feature local wines and fresh seafood. The mission in the center of the city of San Luis Obispo is open as a museum. Nearby, the small town of San Miguel is the often overlooked mission, which was recently refurbished. Take a stroll through some of the history that the old Missions have to offer.