Things to do near Vista Seas.

Morro Bay

Morro RockMorro Bay offers great places to dine by the boatdotted harbor, with its view of the famous Morro Rock.  This landmark is picturesquely situated in the sea between sand and waves. Here you will find art galleries with a seaside theme, restaurants for seafood lovers and great harbor walks. You can experience deep sea fishing on one of the many fishing boats available for day trips, go whale watching or take a dinner cruise. 

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Los Osos

Los Osos offers hiking enthusiasts many trails thru groves of eucalyptus trees overlooking cliffs towering above rocky coves at the Montana de Oro state park. There are over 50 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails to explore.

Moonstone beach boardwalk

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Cambria

The Coastal town of Cambria is an artist’s colony of galleries and boutiques that rival Carmel. Enjoy French bistro cafes or follow Moonstone Road to the boardwalk lined with seaside outdoor cafes.

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San Simeon

Hearst Castle

 

 

Further north is newspaper magnate’s William Randolph Hearst spectacular hilltop castle in San Simeon, where tours are available daily.

 

 

 

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Scuba Diving on the Central Coast

At Pismo Beach you can dive from the beach where the sands slope out slowly past the breakers where are sand dollar beds and Pismo Clams. This type of sand diving can be fun because it is so different and you do not know what you might find. Anything from large crabs, juvenile halibut and other flat fish are common. Big ones are there too. Access is easy, to say the least. Dive charter boats and guided diving are readily available for deeper water access.


Many people actually dive inside of Morro Bay. There are old pilings, small kelp beds and Halibut in the sand. The surfers swim across the harbor channel to the beaches on the other side. It is fun to cross in a boat with a picnic lunch. There are miles of empty wild beaches to wander. This whole coastal area is beautifully scenic.

Califirnia diving

There is a good boat ramp at Morro Bay and the back waters of Morro Bay are serenely calm. Sea Otters are commonly found diving in the back parts of the bay. At the landing are the usual shops, restaurants and fish companies. Sometimes, the Princess takes dive charters up and down the coast from here. Morro Rock itself is a huge granite plug left from ancient volcanic action. It is now a Peregrine Falcon Refuge. It is fun to drive out there and walk over the break wall to the water... especially on a rough day.


On the other side of Morro Bay is Cayucus. Rocky reefs start there and pretty much continue north. As you continue along the coast, diving may be in a narrow strip of kelp beds along the shore, like at Cayucus Point. It may be small offshore reefs with kelp that are spotted all over the place out there. It may also be like the areas above Cayucus Point where kelp beds extend far off shore. Most of this is only boat accessible except near San Simeon and near Cayucus where there is a boat ramp suitable for inflatables or very small light boats. Just off shore from the hotel row there, are extensive excellent rocky reefs. They are swimmable from shore.


In good conditions this can be incredible diving and very good fishing for the imaginative. North of Cayucus is a huge kelp bed that extends out hundreds of yards from shore. These kelp beds continue up around the corner of Cayucus Point and extend about 20 miles up to San Simeon. Above Cayucus Point, I always found rock piles. Around here, I am always looking for my favorite fish, Lingcod. I think it is the tastiest of the California cold water fish. Bluefish...


San Simeon is incredible. Highway 1 goes along the coast almost to San Simeon Point. Right off the highway are coves leading out to shallow rocky reefs. Looking out at this area just draws a diver.

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Surf, Kayak rentals, diving and  ATV rentals

Surfing, Kayaking, Surfing and Lessons, Diving Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Avila Beach and the Central Coast. (805) 773-2089

Surfboat and wet suit rentals 805-835-SURF (7873)

Kayak tours of the Central Coast from Avila to Pismo Beach,(805) 773-3500  

Dive lessons and certifications.

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Wineries

Central coast wines

Edna Valley vineyard (805) 544-5855
Our wines are aged mainly in French oak barrels selected for their complementary qualities. In short, we use an artisan's approach to New World winemaking. We focus on estate-grown Chardonnay and we have a strong commitment to producing Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon using new varietal clones. We also craft a variety of limited production wines that are sold exclusively in our tasting room.

Talley Vineyards

For those interested in tasting the best wines of Talley Vineyards,California wine we offer an exclusive reserve wine tasting in our private Rincon Room or at one of our scenic picnic areas. You will enjoy a special selection of wines from our current vintages, library wines, and a barrel sample of future wines.


Laetitia Vineyard & Winery  (805) 481-1772
The Tasting Room perches on a hilltop surrounded by Laetitia vineyards with picnic areas, bocce ball courts, and a walking trail – all with breathtaking ocean views. Join us for a sip at the tasting room, where our knowledgeable staff will guide you through a selection of Laetitia Estate and sparkling wines, as well as Barnwood and NADIA wines. Enjoy samples of limited-edition and winery-exclusive bottles, take a peek at our Coquard press, and learn first-hand what makes our award-winning wines so elegantly distinctive.

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Restaurants

These local Restaurants provide everything from fine dining to “clam shack” cuisine with fabulous chowders. All of these restaurants listed are only 10 minutes from VistaSeas for your convenience.

  • F.McLintocks. known for its terrific “cowboy beef” and ocean views. 750 Mattie Rd Shell Beach (805) 773-1892

  • McLintock's. Identically named as it’s big brother in Shell Beach, this one is a must for over the top big cowboy breakfasts. 133 Bridge St. Arroyo Grande
    (805) 481-1700

  • Steamers of Pismo. with all your seafood choices
    1601 Price Street, Pismo Beach (805) 773-4711

  • Splash Cafe. A favorite for varietal California laid back eating
    197 Pomeroy Ave Pismo Beach (805) 773-4653

  • SeaVenture Hotel. Elegant dining on the beach with full ocean views
    100 Ocean View Avenue, Pismo Beach (805) 773-4994  
  • Village Cafe, in Old Town Arroyo Grande. By far the best homemade hamburgers, French fries and milk shakes ever!  112 West Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 473-1655 ‎

Dining out in California

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Want more?

Skydive to the beach

Skydive to the beach The Ultimate Skydiving Experience! Jump out of our perfectly good airplane, freefall over the Pacific Ocean at 120 mph, and land directly on legendary Pismo Beach–with your friends and family right there waiting for you!

Horseback ride along one of several beaches, acros the sand dunes or on one of many wilderness trails.

Sycamore Springs Hillside Hot Tubs

Sycamore Springs Enjoy private hillside hot tubs in the trees as well as Yoga courses and a full range of massages, facials etc.

Ride a zipline on a canopy tour 150 feet above the ground in the middle of wine country

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