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We love San Luis Obispo County, and created this site as a guide for visitors and locals to explore everything this county has to offer.  Whether you are looking for beaches, wineries, mountains, great food and drink, fun, events, or sunshine, you can find it all in our small piece of paradise.

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County stretches 92 miles along the central coast of California.  Comprised of 12 main cities, San Luis Obispo County (or SLO as locals call it) offers the perfect destination for everything from a wine tasting weekend getaway to a day trip to one of our many incredible beaches, or even just a nice break for a fantastic meal on your drive to somewhere else.

Follow us at San Luis Obispo Guide as we explore everything SLO County has to offer, and celebrate all the cities, wineries, fun, events, food and drink, lodging, and people that make this place so special.  



Cities of San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County has 21 cities and towns that make up the majority of the county, each with their own unique flavors and experiences that contribute to the fabric of our piece of the central coast.  

Of the 21, the five most popular places to visit in the county are:

  • San Luis Obispo, where Cal Poly is located
  • Paso Robles, SLO County’s Wine Country
  • Pismo Beach, a very popular beach
  • Cambria, the art lovers destination
  • Morro Bay, home to Morro Rock, the Gibraltar of the Pacific

Learn more about what makes each city and town so special below, and continue to explore with us as we discover all the wineries, food and drink, fun, and events in San Luis Obispo County.  

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is located in the heart of San Luis Obispo County, and is the largest of the twelve main cities.  Also home to California State Polytechnic University (or Cal Poly as we call it – go mustangs!), this college town enjoys some of the best weather, wine, food, and fun in the county.  Make sure to check out SLO’s city page to find out what makes it so special, and discover all the different ways you can explore the place Oprah called the happiest place on earth.

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is located in the southern half of San Luis Obispo County (approx. 10 miles south of SLO on Highway 101), and is know for some of the best surfing and clams on the entire central coast.  Visitors and locals alike can spend their entire day at the beach sunbathing, surfing, exploring the dunes on ATVs, and eating all the clams they can muster, likely caught and prepared that same day.  To learn more about everything Pismo Beach has to offer make sure to check out the city page, and plan your next surfing adventure on the central coast!

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Paso Robles

Paso Robles

Paso Robles is located in the heart of wine country in northern San Luis Obispo County (approx. 30 miles north of SLO on Highway 101).  With over 200 wineries to explore, locals and visitors can find everything from small label boutiques to nationally recognized labels, and just as many restaurants to pair with their favorite varietals.  Learn more about the wine, food, fun, and events Paso Robles has to offer by visiting their city page, and discover all the ways you can explore and celebrate SLO’s north county wine country.

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Cambria

Cambria

Cambria is a sleepy beach community located on the northern coast of San Luis Obispo County, approx. 30 miles north of SLO on Highway 1.  No trip to Cambria is complete without a stops at Moonstone Beach and Fiscalini Ranch Preserve where you can truly take in the beauty of the central coast.  Make sure to visit the city page to learn more about all the adventures Cambria has to offer, and the many ways to explore this beach city on the central coast.

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is located along the northern coastline of San Luis Obispo County, approx. 10 miles north of SLO on Highway 1.  You will know you have arrived when you see The Rock on the beach, a massive volcano that is no longer active, and is now a state historic landmark.  Find out more about The Rock and all the fun, food, and drink you can have in Morro Bay by visiting the city page, and plan you next visit to another piece of paradise on the central coast.  

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Avila Beach

Avila Beach

Avila is located near Pismo Beach along the southern coastline of San Luis Obispo County (approx. 10 miles south of SLO on Highway 101), and boasts some of the best weather in the entire county.  With that perfect weather locals and visitors can enjoy an ideal day at the beach just about year-round with all the good food, wine, and drinks that come with it. Learn more about the festivals, food, wine, and fun you can have in Avila Beach by visiting the city page, and find a way to come enjoy this idyllic beach town all year long.

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Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande is located near Pismo Beach along the southern coastline of San Luis Obispo County, approx. 15 miles south of SLO on Highway 101.  Food is central to life in Arroyo Grande, with the city boasting one of the biggest Strawberry Festivals in the state and one of the best restaurants in the county.  Find out more about the food, drink, festivals, and fun you can have in Arroyo Grande by visiting their city page, and plan your next visit to the strawberry capital of SLO.  

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Atascadero

Atascadero

Atascadero is located south of Paso Robles in northern San Luis Obispo County, approx. 20 miles north of SLO on Highway 101.  The city enjoys much of the same wine culture of northern SLO County, but with a stronger hometown vibe that comes through in the fun, food, events, and drink you’ll find here (kids and dogs are often welcome).  Discover more about Atascadero by visiting their city page, and plan your next visit to one of the family friendliest cities on the central coast.

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Cayucos

Cayucos

Cayucos is located just past Morro Bay along the northern coastline in San Luis Obispo County, approx. 15 miles north of SLO on Highway 1.  This quaint beach town boasts one of the best bakeries in the county, and a dog park right on the beach for seaside adventures with fido. Find out more about all the ways to explore and celebrate Cayucos by visiting their city page, and make sure to not miss all the fun, food, festivals, and events this beach city has to offer.  

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Creston

Creston is located east of Atascadero in northern San Luis Obispo County, approx. 28 miles north of SLO on Highway 41. Learn more about the incredible wine, food, and fun on Creston’s city page, and all the ways to explore this neat little north county town!

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Grover Beach

Grover Beach

Grover Beach is located south of Pismo Beach in southern San Luis Obispo County, approx. 15 miles south of SLO on Highway 101.  Find out more about this quaint beach town by visiting their city page, and discover all the great food and fun you can have in Grover!

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Harmony

Harmony

Harmony is located above Morro Bay on the northern coast of San Luis Obispo County, approx. 28 miles north of SLO on Highway 1.  Discover more about this picturesque beach town by visiting Harmony’s city page, and all the ways to enjoy the food, wine, waves, and fun of this tiny beach town.  

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Lake Nacimiento

Lake Nacimiento is one of the largest lakes in northern San Luis Obispo County, and is located approx. 40 miles north of SLO on Highway 101.  Discover more about this popular summer destination on the city page for Lake Nacimiento and all the ways to explore the food, fun, and sun to be had at the lake.  

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Los Osos

Los Osos

Los Osos is located right next to Morro Bay on the north coast of San Luis Obispo County, approx. 10 miles west of SLO on Los Osos Valley Road.  Montana de Oro State Park is located here, and offers something for every adventurer at heart: hiking, beach combing, tide pools, surfing, fishing, and more.  Make sure to check out the city page for Los Osos for more information on MDO, and all the fun, food, drinks, events, and adventures you can have while there.  

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Nipomo

Nipomo

Nipomo is located near Pismo Beach along the southern coastline of San Luis Obispo County, approx. 24 miles south of SLO on Highway 101.  Learn more about this south county beach town by visiting the Nipomo city page, and discover all the ways to enjoy the food, fun, and drinks the city has to offer.  

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Oceano

Oceano

Oceano is located near Pismo Beach on the southern coast of San Luis Obispo County, approx. 15 miles south of SLO on Highway 1.  Find out all the ways you can have fun in the sun by visiting the city page for Oceano, and discover the food, festivals, wine, and events that make this tiny beach town so special.

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San Miguel

San Miguel

San Miguel is located just past Paso Robles in northern San Luis Obispo County, approx. 35 miles north of SLO on Highway 101.  Discover all the great food and drink wine, and fun hidden in this tiny northern town by visiting the city page for San Miguel, and all the reasons this should be one of your stops when visiting Paso’s wine country.  

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San Simeon

San Simeon is the home to Hearst Castle, and the last beach town along the northern coastline in San Luis Obispo County (approx. 40 miles north of SLO on Highway 1).  Find out more about San Simeon on their city page, and all the ways you can explore the food, fun, castles, sea elephants, and beaches of this tiny northern beach town.  

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Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita is located south of Atascadero in northern San Luis Obispo County, approx. 10 miles north of SLO on Highway 1.  This small town can boast having one of the best steakhouses in the county with The Range located there, and hosts some of the most fun and memorable events at Santa Margarita Ranch.  Find out more about the food, fun, people, and events that make up Santa Margarita on their city page, and make sure to include this hidden wine country gem in your next stop to SLO County.  

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Shandon

Shandon is located in the farthest east part of San Luis Obispo County, approx. 50 miles north of SLO on Highway 41.  Learn more about why this is a great stop on your way into the county by visiting the Shandon city page, as well as all the great food, wine, and fun you can have while there.  

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Templeton

Templeton

Templeton is located south of Paso Robles in northern San Luis Obispo County, approx. 22 miles north of SLO on Highway 101.  With their own wine region, Templeton gives locals and visitors the opportunity to explore a whole other side of north county varietals, and an entire culture of food, fun, and festivals to celebrate Templeton and the north county.  Learn more about all the ways you can experience Templeton on their city page, and plan your next visit to SLO County wine country!

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Wineries

HammerSky Vineyards


There are three primary wine regions in San Luis Obispo County: Paso Robles, Edna Valley, and Arroyo Grande Valley.  Paso Robles is the largest and most well know, and includes 200 wineries over 11 sub-regions in Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, and Santa Margarita.

The Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley wine regions are not to be missed either, offering the perfect Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs crafted with grapes grown closer to the coast.  Learn more about the wines of San Luis Obispo County by visiting our Wineries page, and discover all the ways to enjoy the the wines on SLO County’s central coast.


Fun Things to Do

Field of Light at Sensorio

Whether you are looking for a fun day at the beach, zip lining through vineyards, hiking the tallest peaks in the county, or sailing the seas, San Luis Obispo County has it all to offer…and more.   Make sure to visit our Fun page to discover all the adventures you can have while here, and all the places you can explore when visiting SLO County.


Events

Paso Robles Event Center

There is never a shortage of things to do in San Luis Obispo County, with events occuring every weekend at the beaches, wineries, bars, restaurants, parks, and schools that celebrate the food and drink, wine, music, and fun of the county.  Make sure to visit our Events page to discover all the live music and food festivals, marathons and 5k fundraisers, film festivals and farmers markets, parades, car shows, and all the other events in San Luis Obispo County.


Food & Drink 

Farmhouse Corner Market

San Luis Obispo County is situated on the central coast of california, with the ocean to the west and abundant agriculture to the north and east.  This combination of clean, fresh produce, seafood, and local beef, chicken, and pork create the perfect atmosphere for a wide range of inspired dishes and palettes to explore.  Visit our Food and Drink page to learn more about all the restaurants, distilleries, breweries, and cider houses up and down San Luis Obispo County, and get inspired to try all the food and drink the county has to offer.  


Lodging

Allegretto Resort

With an abundance of reasons to visit San Luis Obispo County, we thought you might need a place to stay to see everything, and does SLO County deliver. From the seaside hotels in the southern part of the county to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, and the wine country resorts in the north (not to mention AirBNB and camping!) there is something for everyone. New hotels are being built all the time in SLO County so make sure to check out our Lodging page for information on where to stay when visiting San Luis Obispo County.


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