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San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo (SLO) County commonly referred to as "the Central Coast," borders the Pacific Ocean on the Central Coast of California, equidistant from Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The communities of SLO County have retained their distinct charm, where reminders of old California abound. Scattered among the beaches, coastal hills, and mountains of the Santa Lucia range, our communities provide a wide variety of coastal and inland hill ecologies to support multiple varieties of fishing, agriculture, and tourist pursuits.

San Luis Obispo County

City of Arroyo Grande

“A great place to live” is the feeling at the core of Arroyo Grande’s appeal. With a mild climate, a relaxed outdoor lifestyle, and small town feel with city-like advantages, Arroyo Grande is a thriving community in South County. With its beautiful surroundings and fertile farm land, it is not surprising that the main business sectors are tourism and agriculture. Located 15 miles south of the City of San Luis Obispo via Highway 101, it has an area of 5 1/2 square miles. Arroyo Grande is within minutes of some of the County’s most popular beaches, towns and state parks.

City of Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce

City of Atascadero

Atascadero, Spanish for “place of much water” was originally home to the Salinas Indians. The city was founded in 1913 as a planned utopian colony by E. G. Lewis, a successful publisher from the East. Incorporated in 1979, the city has over 27,000 residents, making it the second largest city in San Luis Obispo County. Nestled among the hills of northern San Luis Obispo County, Atascadero is 17 miles north of San Luis Obispo. The community encompasses over 24 square miles of gently rolling hills populated with native California oaks, a natural 35-acre lake and seasonal streams, and the Salinas River.

City of Atascadero
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

City of Grover Beach

The City of Grover Beach covers over 2 square miles and is located along the beautiful Central Coast of California, 14 miles south of San Luis Obispo, 92 miles north of Santa Barbara, and 150 miles south of Monterey. Grover Beach provides a unique quality of life for its 13,000+ residents and draws many tourists with its moderate coastal climate, drive-on beach, and diverse recreational opportunities. The tourist industry continues to be a crucial factor in Grover Beach’s economy. Activities such as dune hiking, fishing, clamming, golfing, horseback riding, wine tasting and off-road vehicle riding are just some of the most popular recreational activities.

City of Grover Beach
Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce

City of Morro Bay

Anchored by historic Morro Rock jutting out of the Pacific Ocean, the City of Morro Bay on Highway 1 covers 10 square miles and is 15 minutes west of the City of San Luis Obispo. The city’s seaside location assures a mild, frost-free coastal climate. The dominant feature of Morro Bay is its charming small boat harbor. Morro Bay features public and private marinas, a golf course and the Morro Bay State Park Campground. Beach tourism is the primary industry for Morro Bay and the City offers plentiful opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts including golfing, surfing, boating, kayaking, hiking, fishing, whale watching and bird watching. Residents and visitors alike, delight in the City’s numerous art galleries, unique shops and boutiques, and opportunities for picturesque dining on the Bay.

City of Morro Bay
Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce

City of Paso Robles

Paso Robles is located in the heart of California’s beautiful north county wine country. A growing community with a vibrant downtown, “Paso” has a population of about 30,000 which maintains the City’s small town character. With several wineries in close proximity within the Paso Robles area, a year-round attraction for visitors is created while complementing the fine dining experiences available in the downtown area. The main industries are tourism and agriculture, the latter driven by the wine industry. The city also hosts the largest general aviation-only airport in the county.

City of Paso Robles
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce

City of Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a beach community as part of the original 8,838 acre Rancho Pismo and now encompasses 2,304 acres and a population of approximately 8,500 people. Pismo Beach is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, with the cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach to the south. Located along US Highway 101, the city hosts a colorful downtown and pier. Pismo Beach is 12 miles south of San Luis Obispo. The City is primarily known for having one of California’s longest and widest stretches of beach. It is a popular vacation destination boasting many restaurants and hotels, many of which are located along the beach and cliffs with spectacular ocean views. Exploring the Pismo Pier and boardwalk, surfing, kayaking and golfing on the three area golf courses are popular activities for residents and tourists alike. It is not surprising their main industry is tourism.

City of Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce

City of San Luis Obispo

The City of San Luis Obispo is located on the Central Coast of California, equidistant between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The city is ten minutes from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. With its small-town charm, the City serves as the official County seat, as well as home to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), one of the top-ranked universities in the U.S. San Luis Obispo is also a leader in promoting a healthy lifestyle and was the first city in California to implement a non-smoking statute in all public buildings. With its proximity to mountains and beaches, endless opportunities are available for family-oriented activities such as hiking, wine tasting at the numerous wineries, rock-climbing indoors and out, biking, camping, boating and water-skiing in the surrounding rural environment.

City of San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated area in San Luis Obispo County. The town was established in the latter half of the 19th century, when it served as the main shipping port for San Luis Obispo. Although Avila Beach still has a working commercial fishing pier and the inland areas have extensive apple orchards, tourism continues to be their primary industry.

Avila Beach

Cambria

Cambria is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Luis Obispo County with a population of about 6,232. The primary economic activity of Cambria is tourism. Cambria is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, bordered by dramatic rocky cliffs and beaches.
 

Cambria
Cambria Chamber of Commerce

Cayucos

Cayucos is a census-designated place (CDP) located on the coast, with a population estimate of 2,943. Peaceful underdeveloped ranchlands with cattle grazing on undulating, oak-crested hills provide a respite for the city-weary. There is virtually no city noise, no traffic, no pollution, no crime, and little loss of sleep.
 

Cayucos Chamber of Commerce

Nipomo

Nipomo is a census-designated place (CDP) in SLO County with a population of 12,626. Commercial nurseries produce and deliver cut flowers to florists around the world. Other agriculture includes citrus farms, strawberry and vegetable fields, vineyards, and cattle ranches. Nipomo was recently designated by the "Places Rated Almanac" as having the best climate in the nation, with a perfect score of 100.
 

Nipomo
Nipomo Chamber of Commerce

Oceano

Oceano is a census-designated place (CDP) in SLO County, with a population estimate of 7,260. The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is the only state park in California where visitors may drive vehicles on the beach. Popular activities on this stretch of beach include riding through the sand dunes on all-terrain-vehicles, swimming, clamming, camping, surfing, surf fishing, hiking, and bird watching.

Oceano

San Miguel

San Miguel is a census-designated place (CDP) in SLO County with a population estimate of 1,427. Mission San Miguel Arcángel (founded July 25, 1797) calls this town its home. For many years, the Mission served the town as an active parish church. The San Simeon Earthquake of December 22, 2003, caused substantial local property damage. Fortunately, the Mission remains in use today, though still undergoing earthquake remediation efforts.

San Miguel
San Miguel Chamber of Commerce

San Simeon

San Simeon is an unincorporated settlement on the Pacific coast of SLO County. A key feature in the area is Hearst Castle, the hilltop mansion built by William Randolph Hearst in the early 20th century that is now a substantial tourist attraction. Prehistorically the local area was settled by the Chumash people, roughly between 10,000 and 11,000 B.C.
 

San Simeon
San Simeon Chamber of Commerce

Templeton

Templeton is a census-designated place (CDP) in SLO County with a population estimate of 4,687. This small town is home to businesses which serve local ranching and agriculture needs, including horse ranches and vineyards. Templeton is also emerging as a world class wine producer. Many of the wineries with the "Paso Robles" appellation are actually located in the unincorporated Templeton area.
 

Templeton
Templeton Chamber of Commerce
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