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Swimming, surfing, sandcastles—what’s better than a day at the beach? There are many unique beaches near San Luis Obispo—some say the best in California! Each beach has something special to offer SLO visitors, from tide pools and marine life to beach-front playgrounds and recreational vehicle access. Check out some of the local favorites below or explore the top beaches along the Central Coast, recently featured on our #ShareSLO blog.

Looking for the perfect beach to catch a wave? Visit our surf page to discover popular surf spots, local shops, and companies who can teach you surf lessons.

Avila Beach

Family and dog friendly, Avila Beach is the perfect spot if you’re looking to picnic, featuring beach fire pits, barbeques, and picnic tables. With a pier and promenade, you can enjoy a collection of local seafood restaurants, ice cream shops, and wine bars.  Add to Itinerary


Cayucos State Beach

Situated near the classic California beach town, Cayucos State Beach is ideal for any beach day, whether tanning and swimming or fishing and surfing. This expansive beach is located about 25 minutes north of San Luis Obispo.  Add to Itinerary


Fisherman’s Beach in Avila Beach, Port San Luis

Just around the corner from Avila Beach is Fisherman’s Beach, an off-leash dog beach where your furry friends can run free. Fisherman’s Beach also has beach fire pits and RV sites along the coast.  Add to Itinerary

Montaña De Oro

Montaña De Oro offers an array of landforms, from massive dunes and caves to bluffs and sandy coastline. With magnificent coastal mountains in the background, visitors can enjoy hiking and horse trails in addition to secluded beaches and surf spots.  Add to Itinerary


Morro Bay, The Strand

The Strand is a family-friendly beach near Morro Bay Rock and Harbor. Locals and visitors alike surf, windsurf, and fly kites along this picturesque stretch of coastline.  Add to Itinerary

Oceano Dunes

Positioned along the Central Coast between Pismo Beach and Oceano, Oceano Dunes is a family-friendly beach with recreational vehicle access and beach camping, standing as the most extensive coastal dunes in California.   Add to Itinerary


Pismo Beach

Conveniently close to the lively downtown and pier, Pismo Beach is a family-friendly beach, featuring beach volleyball and waves perfect for surfing and boogie boarding.  Add to Itinerary

San Simeon

Located about 40 miles north of San Luis Obispo, San Simeon offers unique sandy beaches and wetlands near Hearst Castle. Don’t miss out on the elephant seals that congregate along the shoreline around Point Piedras BlancasAdd to Itinerary


Shell Beach

Known as a perfect spot for kayaking and surfing, Shell Beach is a family-friendly area along the north bluffs of Pismo Beach.  Add to Itinerary

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