San Luis Obispo Beaches

San Luis Obispo Beaches

With four great beaches less than 20 miles away, San Luis Obispo is the place to visit when you want to polish your surfing skills, hang with the sea lions or spread out on a blanket and relax. To decide which beach is right for you, check out the information below!

Avila Beach located 8.6 miles from Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo

Avila Beach

Avila Beach

Located in downtown Avila Beach, the actual beach itself is one of the most family-friendly on the Central Coast. Featuring six BBQ pits, volleyball courts, picnic tables, kayak rental and more, Avila Beach is known for its picture perfect weather and adorable sea lions.


When you're not splashing around in the water, go for a walk on the Avila Beach Pier or pop into the downtown strip for authentic tacos, shopping, and chatting with the locals.


Distance from hotel: 8.6 miles

Pismo Beach located 11.7 miles from Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach

Long white beaches and a 1200-foot pier make Pismo Beach a classic beach town. Spend the day kiteboarding, fishing, surfing, or lounging on the beach, and then head into town for a bite to eat and some shopping.


Pismo Beach is also dog-friendly, so bring your furry companion and grab the family for a terrific day along the California coast!




Distance from hotel: 11.7 miles

Shell Beach

Considered an unincorporated city within Pismo Beach, Shell Beach is a quaint beach city providing visitors with gorgeous views and plenty of space to spread out. Hop on your kayak and spend the morning exploring tide pools and coves followed by a picnic on the picturesque cliffs.


Don't forget your water shoes - the sand is known to be a bit rocky!



Distance from hotel: 9.3 miles

Morro Bay Beach

Known as both Morro Rock Beach and Morro Bay Beach, the beach draws visitors interested in relaxing in the sun or learning about natural history. Morro Bay features a massive, 576-foot volcanic plug known as the Morro Rock, which is registered as a California Historical Landmark and is closed to the public.


Visitors can also enjoy lots of open space for picnicking, sandcastle building, exploring and more.


Distance from hotel: 17.1 miles

piedras blancas beach located 48 miles from Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo

Piedras Blancas Beach

Piedras Blancas Beach

Making the trip along beautiful Highway 101 to Piedras Blancas is well worth it. The beach in San Simeon has become a world-famous attraction but not for its beautiful water or white sand, rather for the elephant seals that inhabit it. Thousands of elephant seals call Piedras Blancas home, living and playing during breeding season.


The best time to visit the seals is during late January, April and October but the rookery is open year round to visitors.


Distance from hotel: 48.4 miles

Fun Beach Activities

Sand Dunes

The dunes in California are an adventure lover's dream! Head to Oceano Dunes Beach for off-roading, bird watching, horseback riding and more.

Learn More About the Sand Dunes


Whale Watching

The coast of California is a hot spot for whale watching all year long. Animal lovers will most commonly see Gray Whales, and if lucky, will spot Blue and Humpback Whales during certain parts of the year. Book a whale watching cruise or wander to the end of a nearby pier with binoculars in hand ready to scan the waters.

Learn More About Whale Watching

Your Beach Vacation Begins Here

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel San Luis Obispo puts you in easy distance to four of California's central coast's best beaches. Start planning your next beach vacation right now by checking out our Family Fun Package so you and your family can start each day with energy to enjoy the sun and surf of California's beaches.

The Adventure Continues

While you love the beach, the sun, the surf, you will also love these top 10 reasons to visit San Luis Obispo. From the beaches, hiking trails, and state parks to art, wine, and castles - your beach vacation doesn't have to be all about the beach.

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