Why Grover Beach? Located along the seaside in the state of California, Grover Beach is a city in the San Luis Obispo county. The distance the city retains from the two major metropolitan areas of California – San Francisco and Los Angeles – allows it to keep a rural character and stay nature-lover friendly. If you fly into one of those major airports, renting a car would be in your best interest. You could also book a connecting flight to either SBP or PRB airports – ask your travel agent for more details. Some of the beauty of Grover Beach is it’s proximity to the other communities such as Pismo Beach, Los Osos and San Simeon. The area attracts tourists based on it’s moderate coastal climate, drive-on beach and diverse activities.
When you’re in the SLO County, or staying in Grover Beach – what can you do? A place designed for nature lovers, I hope you like exploring! Head over to Bishop Peak for some of the best views around. Bishop Peak is the tallest of the “Nine Sisters”, a chain of peaks running to Morro Bay. Looking like a bishop’s miter, locals of the area call it Bishop’s Peak. The peak is just over 1,500 feet.
Interested in something different? Try the Oceano Dunes – a 5.5 mile beach open for vehicle use, and 1,500 acres of sand dunes for off-road recreation that attracts people from all over North America. The Oceano Dunes are the only park in California where vehicle use is permitted, meaning that passenger cars can easily be driven on the Northern area of the beach. Surfing, swimming, surf fishing, horseback riding and bird watching are also available. For more information on the Oceano Dunes, click here.
Los Osos’s Montaña De Oro features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, streams, canyons and hills, and includes the over 1,300 foot Valencia Peak. A nature lover’s dream found in one amazing place!
It’s Not Just Nature
For those who want something off the beach and mountains, try Hearst Castle in San Simeon. A National Historic Landmark mansion, Hearst Castle was originally designed for William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate. It is currently maintained as a state historic park and boasts a large collection of art and antiques. It’s open for tours, and attracts approximately one million visitors per year. With art, restoration projects, antiques, history – not forgetting to mention it’s beautiful gardens – Hearst Castle has something for everyone. For more information on tours and what Hearst Castle can offer you, click here.
Wine & Cheese
SLO County also offers several wineries for wine tasting – all you epicurean enthusiasts will get amazing views as you sip a choice red or white. For a complete list of wineries in the San Luis Obispo area, visit their feature wineries page on the Wine Country website. After all, California is famous for it! For food, the area offers a taste of everything! A wide variety of cuisines can be found in Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, San Simeon and more. French, Italian, Mexican – you name it, it’s there – your best bet is to find local favourites, or restaurants that use local ingredients to really get a taste of California. Try using Yelp to find local restaurants in the city you’re in at the time. Pismo Beach is home to several small cafes and restaurants that are locally owned, such as Mon Ami and the Honeymoon Cafe.