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Arroyo Grande is known for its Saturday Farmer’s Market in Old Town, at the park by the creek with its cafes and shops. The Strawberry Festival is a not-to-be-missed event with supermarket shaming berries fresh from local farms. Walk about and munch strawberry shortcakes, pies, tarts, sundaes or jams…great fun for all!
Grover Beach has the only beach in California where you can drive on the hard packed sandy seashore. Adjacent is the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve with the highest beach dunes in the western United States. It is designated a National Natural Landmark and is part of the 18-mile stretch of coastal dunes on California's Central Coast. Rent a dune buggy if you like and enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.
Having some of the most beautifully sculptured sand dunes in the state, millions flock here for ATV and dune buggy riding. Pismo Beach and Oceano Beach are one of the last remaining coastal dunes that allow off-highway vehicles (OHV).The State Recreation Area consists of about 3,500 acres, 1000 of which are dedicated to wildlife. A boardwalk trail to Oso Flaco Lake is also located within the dune complex. All of this just minutes away from VistaSeas.
At Pismo Beach, you can enjoy a walk on the long sandy shore or stroll along its long boardwalk and pier to chat with fishermen trying their luck. Rent Surf boards or boogie boards for beach fun, or a kayak to explore the kelp beds and rocky coastline and watch sea otters bobbing in the sunshine.
At nearby Pismo State Beach, each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to and cluster in the branches of a grove of Eucalyptus trees. Only a short walk from the parking lot, it is a great spot for kids and a terrific photo op.
Be sure to bring your camera to the “Classic at Pismo Beach”, one of the largest classic car and street rod shows on the West Coast that has been held annually on the 3rd weekend of June for over 26 years. It typically displays a 1000 classic cars and street rods with over 125,000 spectators over three days.
Pismo beach classic car show
4th of July beach celebrations complete with fireworks.
..and what a show
The Avila Beach Golf Resort is a favorite of the Central Coast golf courses. Located 3 miles off Highway 101 between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach, it is only 15 minutes from Vista Seas. Nestled among green hills and a blue bay, the resort includes a par 71, 6500-yard championship course. The front nine lies within oak-lined valleys while the back nine crosses a tidal estuary. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy the challenge and views of this scenic course.
San Luis Obispo, one of California’s most historic towns, is only 15 minutes north from Vista Seas. Locally known as SLO, for its preferred way of life, it was rated the Happiest Town in America by Oprah Winfrey, the Second Happiest Place in the world by ABC news and ranked number 1 in the US in overall emotional health by a Gallup/ Heathway’s poll.
Further, San Luis Obispo County is the third best place to live in the nation, according to an evaluation that was done of 430 metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada. Wow!
In 1772, Father Junipero Serra celebrated the first Mass with a cross erected near San Luis Creek and built what is now called Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Downtown shopping is a walkers dream with multi storied car parking, so you can easily stroll about. Boutiques and big name stores such as GAP and Abercrombie and Fitch are interspersed with ice cream and coffee shops and fine indoor or outdoor dining. A college town with Cal Poly University, the SLO life here is known for its quiet laid back lifestyle during the day, but “rocks” at night. There is a free concert in mission plaza every Friday night during the summer.
Thursday Night is Farmers Market, one of the country’s oldest continuous markets, it is has been a must see since 1983. You can buy fresh vegetables, flowers, honeys or sample the many BBQ’s. Kids can have their faces painted and see a magician perform or listen to free street musicians.
For cyclists, San Luis Obispo is considered a mountain biking and road biking paradise, which is why one of the best road-cycling teams in the world —Team HTC-Highroad—trains in San Luis Obispo, and national races like the Jeep, King of the Mountain Race and the AMGEN Tour of California have been held in the city and county. But you don’t need to be a pro to enjoy some time on two wheels. Find all biking information including rental HERE
Along the back road to San Luis Obispo on HWY 227, you can take a leisurely pace and enjoy wine tasting at any of the many fine wineries that line the SLO valley, starting just 10 minutes from Vista Seas. Sample the Syrah, Sparkling Wines, Port, Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet, Roussanne, and Viognier, or many varietals. The vines were planted some 200 years ago when the Mission Fathers made their own sacramental wine. There are more than 200 wineries within the Central Coast region known for its sunny Mediterranean climate.