Grover Beach – Let the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner drop you off just steps from the sand when you visit Grover Beach. After a day of fun in the sun, gather around a crackling beach bonfire and enjoy a seaside sunset you’ll never forget.

Pismo Beach – Enjoy Classic California in a breadbowl filled with clam chowder, by hitting the waves and surfing with some famous goats or renting a beach cruiser and taking a spin along the energetic boardwalk. Or surf a different wave at the Oceano Dunes with its beachside sand dunes perfect for sandboarding, atvs and dune buggies.

Avila Beach – Stroll the pierkayak to the Point San Luis Lighthouse, hit the links then pop into one of the wine tasting rooms located just steps from the sand. Avila Beach’s family-friendly atmosphere and seemingly endless sunny days are just what your relaxed trip is calling for.

Pro-tip: Keep your camera ready during the months of June and July because you may spot a migrating humpback whale lunging out of the water as it feeds in the harbor.

Morro Bay – Choose between deep sea fishing, standup paddleboarding the bay, surfing the waves near Morro Rock or watching sea otters, sea lions, whales and a variety of birds enjoy life on the Central Coast. Morro Bay is a throwback seaside community with a maritime heritage you can see and taste.

Cayucos – If classic surf culture and a small town are what you’re after, look no further than Cayucos. From unique events and festivals held year-round and miles of dog-friendly beach to it’s classic surf culture and small town flare, Cayucos is perfect for that slice of California charm you’ve been searching for.

Cambria – Hunt for moonstones and watch as a passing pod of whales and dolphins meander along the coastline in Cambria. Rent a bike or walk the boardwalk as you enjoy a beautiful morning amongst Monterey pines.

San Simeon – Walk the pier that once brought in shiploads of antiques and collectibles to Hearst Castle, enjoy a short hike along San Simeon Point and be sure to check out the popular Elephant Seal Vista.