Outdoor Activities on the Central Coast

The Central Coast of California is known for its beautiful beaches, quaint coastal towns, and family-friendly activities. Anyone who has visited Pismo Beach and the surrounding area already knows that it’s a great place to take a vacation and many who come to check out the area wind up returning not as tourists but as permanent residents. Read on to find out about some of the outdoor activities that make the Central Coast an ideal place to live.

Hike the Bob Jones Trail

The Bob Jones trail, also known as the City to the Sea trail, starts on Ontario Road off Highway 101 and winds its way all the way to the Avila Pier. It’s a paved trail, which makes it perfect not just for hiking, but also for leisurely bike rides. Hikers and bikers are welcome to bring their dogs, and trail benches are provided along the length of the 3.0-mile trail to encourage visitors to stop and take in the beauty of nature as they hike.

Visit the Pismo Preserve

The Pismo Preserve is an 880-acre outdoor paradise. It features over 11 miles of trails available to hikers, mountain bikers, and even equestrians. Visitors to the Preserve can expect to traverse beautiful oak woodlands and coastal ridgelines as they hike or ride the trails, so they may want to bring their cameras.

Surf and SUP

Pismo Beach is perfect for surfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Whether new residents are seasoned surfers or they want to head out on the waves for the first time, they’ll be able to find everything they need to get started, from equipment and wetsuit rentals to private and group lessons at the surf shops along the beach. For those who want more of a challenge, Morro Bay is also a great local option for both surfing and SUP.

Horseback Riding on Pismo Beach

There’s no better way to see Pismo Beach than from the back of a horse. Residents and visitors alike love to take in the magnificent views of the ocean and nearby mountains from horseback while communing with local stables’ friendly, universally beloved horses. Both day rides and sunset rides are available, and those who are new to riding can get some basic instructions before heading out on the trails to ensure their safety.

Visit Pismo Pier

Love beach life, but don’t want to see it from horseback? There’s nothing wrong with spending a relaxing day at the beach and heading out onto Pismo Pier to take in the views and watch the surfers enjoying their own days out on the waves. The Pier is also a great place for a quiet evening stroll, especially on weeknights when there are fewer tourists. For those who are truly in love with the beach, there are plenty of scenic lots available that offer incredible views of the sunset over the water.

Off-Road at the Oceano Dunes SVRA

The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) boasts an impressive 3,600 acres of space for off-road adventuring. Visitors can rent ATVs or hummers or bring their own off-road vehicles to enjoy a high-octane outdoor adventure. Those who don’t love off-roading shouldn’t just cross it off the list, though. The Dunes also offers swimming, surfing, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding, and more.

Go Ocean Kayaking

The Central Coast has plenty to offer to ocean kayakers. Newcomers to the sport can take a trip up to the Morro Bay Estuary, which offers calm waters and plenty of marine wildlife. Those who are more comfortable in a kayak can rest assured that Pismo Beach has plenty to explore, as well. There are plenty of coves and caves, and marine wildlife is abundant.

Take a Biplane Ride

Not all outdoor adventures have to involve getting wet or dirty or hiking for miles. Those who want to get a unique view of their new homes can head out from Oceano Airport for a ride in the open cockpit of a WWII biplane. Cruise over the Pier for a serene experience or take an exhilarating adventure ride with Banner Airways’ all-out “Top Gun Flight.” Either one will offer a memorable experience for any new resident or visitor to the area.

Check Out Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation ranging from sailing to fishing, bird-watching, and more. The park is also home to the Museum of Natural History, a colorful marina, and a public golf course, so plan to spend the day to get the full experience. Visitors can also learn about the area’s unique natural beauty by checking out the park’s many exhibits or scheduling a guided tour.

Visit the Monarch Grove

The Monarch Grove, found on Highway 1 south of downtown Pismo Beach, becomes a temporary home for hundreds of thousands of Monarch butterflies each year. These beautiful but increasingly rare butterflies usually visit Pismo Beach and the surrounding areas between late October and early March. When temperatures drop to less than 65 degrees, they can be seen clustering high up in the Grove’s eucalyptus trees to shelter from the cold. The sight is so memorable visitors come from around the world to see it, so every newcomer to Pismo Beach should cross it off his or her list.

Pismo Beach is a fun and beautiful place to visit, but it’s an even better place to live. The people are friendly, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep even the most serious nature or sports enthusiast occupied for a lifetime, and there is coastal property available for newcomers who want to live in the lap of luxury right on the beach.

The Villas at Rancho Pacifico is a perfect neighborhood for newcomers. It boasts sunset views of Pismo Beach, proximity to shopping and restaurants, and access to all the amenities and charm of small-town beach life without sacrificing the luxury of living in an upscale community. Get in touch today to explore popular floor plans or purchase a lot and discuss design options.

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