The Central Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Arroyo Burro Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The beach's usually gentle surf makes it ideal for families with young children. It's a local favorite because you can walk for miles...

Avila State Beach

  • Beach–Sight

At the edge of a sunny cove next to downtown shops and restaurants, Avila's ½-mile stretch of white sand is especially family-friendly,...

Avila Valley Barn

  • Restaurant–Sight

An old-fashioned, family-friendly country store jam-packed with local fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and gifts, Avila Valley...

Carriage and Western Art Museum

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The country's largest collection of old horse-drawn vehicles—painstakingly restored—is exhibited here, everything from polished hearses...

East Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The wide swath of sand at the east end of Cabrillo Boulevard is a great spot for people-watching. East Beach has sand volleyball courts,...

Estrella Warbirds Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

An entertaining homage to fighter planes, flyboys, and flygirls, this museum maintains indoor exhibits about wartime aviation and displays...

History Center of San Luis Obispo County

  • Museum/Gallery

Across the street from the old Spanish mission, the center presents exhibits that explore topics such as Native American life in the...

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The state's most fully restored mission, founded in 1787, stands in a stark and still remote location that powerfully evokes the lives...

Lake Casitas Recreation Area

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Lunker largemouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, redears, and channel catfish live in the waters at this park, one of the country's best...


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The 37-acre estate called Lotusland once belonged to the Polish opera singer Ganna Walska, who purchased it in the late 1940s and lived...


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