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San Luis Obispo Travel Guide

With the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west, San Luis Obispo is a gorgeous vacation destination on the West Coast. Visitors can embark on one of the endless activities in town, such as hiking and biking trails, wineries, boat tours and historic sites. In addition, San Luis Obispo is well-known for its farmer’s market, with it being repeatedly called one of the best markets in California. Higuera Street is full of life during the day and in the evening, with everything from unique ice cream flavors to fine dining restaurant experiences.

Things to Do in San Luis Obispo

Top things to do include exploring San Luis Obispo’s Historic Downtown where the street is lined with pretty Spanish-style buildings. All of the action is around Higuera Street, which including shopping and great restaurants. To learn about how ice cream is made and to sample new and unique flavors, make sure you visit Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Wonderland -- the perfect pit stop on a sunny day. Don't miss out on the San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market held every Thursday evening, which has tons of stalls selling local produce and street food, as well as having lively entertainment.

For hiking and exploring, venture out to Bishop Peak, where at the top there are spectacular views of the town below. For history buffs, The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is a popular place to visit, being founded in 1772 and a quaint place for a peaceful walk.

Best Places to Stay in San Luis Obispo

Downtown San Luis Obispo offers plenty of comfortable accommodation options that are near to all of the action.

Best Time to Visit San Luis Obispo

The best times to visit San Luis Obispo is during the spring, summer and fall months.

Price and Availability Index in San Luis Obispo

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in San Luis Obispo is in July, while the cheapest month is in March. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in San Luis Obispo is in the high season in July. San Luis Obispo has its low season in January, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in San Luis Obispo tends to be Wednesday, while the most expensive day tends to be Saturday. Vacation homes in San Luis Obispo tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

The weather in San Luis Obispo

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in San Luis Obispo. The hottest month in San Luis Obispo is April, when temperatures peak at 114 ˚F. The coolest month is December, when temperatures drop to 29 ˚F. The wettest month in San Luis Obispo is January with 10.49 inches of rain, while the driest month is October with 0.07 inches of rain.

Vacation Rentals in San Luis Obispo

Choose the perfect accommodation for your trip at AllTheRooms.com. We aggregate Airbnb, VRBO, priceline and more. We have 862 vacation rentals, hotels and other accommodation types in San Luis Obispo ranging from budget options to luxury places to stay. For those traveling on a budget, the cheapest place to stay in San Luis Obispo is available at $32 per night. A typical accommodation in San Luis Obispo costs on average $330 per night.

If you need an internet connection during your stay in San Luis Obispo, then you can choose from over 355 places to stay that provide WiFi internet. 51 of our accommodations in include a breakfast in the price. Fitness addicts can get a workout in during their stay by choosing from 19 accommodations that have gym facilities. If you are driving to San Luis Obispo, you'll want to pick from 336 places to stay that provide parking. 31 hotels and vacation rentals have a pool or jacuzzi.

AllTheRooms has 82 pet-friendly places to stay in San Luis Obispo, so if you're travelling with your cat or dog you won't have any trouble.

AllTheRooms aggregates vacation rentals, hotels and other unique accommodation types from 7 providers in San Luis Obispo, including 272 places to stay from Airbnb, 79 accommodations from VRBO and 15 places to stay from priceline

558 accommodations in San Luis Obispo have been reviewed: 73% are rated excellent or good. 156 accommodations allow instant booking.

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