Discover luxury and boutique hotels in San Luis Obispo
Halfway between LA and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo – SLO to the locals – serves up the Central Coast’s classic free-spirited fun with an added dash of rural charm. Pacific-kissed Pismo Beach and Morro Bay promise golden sands, great surf and stacks of freshly caught seafood; inland, forest hikes abound. Handily, the city is home to one of the state’s finest farmers’ markets, so you won’t be short of adventure fuel. Haute-Californian restaurants and hill-clinging wineries showcase the city’s Sunday best, but life in the SLO lane isn’t strictly strait-laced – catch its quirky side at fuchsia-hued kitsch-a-thon Madonna Inn, or add your sticky signature to Bubblegum Alley.
When to go
Blessed with a Mediterranean-style climate, SLO’s summers and autumns are sunny and mild. November to February can be on the soggy side.
PlanesThe city has a small regional airport, with quick but pricey connections from LAX and San Francisco International Airport. Your best bet is to touch down in LA or San Francisco then strap in for a scenic coastal drive.
AutomobilesDowntown SLO is easy to stroll around, but you’ll need to bring some wheels or hire a car at the airport to reach the best local beaches and wineries. It’s around a three-hour drive from Los Angeles and slightly longer from San Francisco.