Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in San Luis Obispo that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and kitchens. Prices start at $175 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in San Luis Obispo. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Ocean breezes and a whiff of farm in San Luis Obispo

It's simply San Luis or SLO to those in the know. A place so green and clean that "you can even smell the cows," sang comic musician Weird Al Yankovic, once a student here at California Polytechnic. From a San Luis Obispo vacation rental, grab a drink at landmark Madonna Inn so you can gawk at the eclectic architecture and gaudy furnishings. History buffs can happily stroll the Mission grounds and study its museum's 18th-century artifacts. Beach attractions and winery tours are nearby, and outdoor adventures abound in the foothills.

Things to do

Does chewing gum lose its flavor on the wall overnight?

It all began in 1772, when Junipero Serra founded the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. It's an active church, but travelers can stroll the grounds and tour the museum. Cross Mission Plaza for a peek at Bubblegum Alley—yes, the walls are stuck with thousands of wads of chewed gum. In and out of town, you'll find wineries and craft breweries. Kids enjoy the Creek Walk and Children's Museum. A San Luis Obispo vacation rental is a good base for driving up the coast to tour Hearst Castle at San Simeon.

Activities

Take it SLO on the way to San Luis Obispo

Catch a taste—literally—of San Luis Obispo's main industry, agriculture, any Thursday when the farmers' market fills 6 blocks of Higuera Street downtown with fresh produce, flowers, barbecues, and family-friendly entertainers. Head to Avila Beach to tour historic 1890 Point San Luis Lighthouse and see its eye-popping vista. The peaks around SLO offer hiking and biking, guided or not. Some dozen wineries in the valley have tastings. A thriving theater scene includes the Cal Poly campus's performing arts center.

Weather

In San Luis Obispo, you can usually expect the usual

Pack those shorts and T-shirts and plan on outdoor activities, even if that morning marine fog makes the day seem iffy. Like much of coastal Southern California, San Luis Obispo has a cool, Mediterranean climate—dry in the summer, with daytimes in the 70s, and slightly wetter and cooler in winter. But be prepared for extremes, such as a scorching, 100-degree-plus stretch anytime from April through October, a 90-degree day in January, or a dip below zero for a day or so between November and February.

Natural features

In a happy spot between L.A. and Monterey

San Luis lies in a broad valley surrounded by peaks—of which the tallest, Bishop Peak, and others are open for hikes that reveal stunning views. A San Luis Obispo vacation rental is a rewarding stopover for coastal travelers midway between L.A. and Monterey. It's only 11 miles from the coast, so the beach is an easy diversion from town sights. Follow the coast north to Morro Bay to view sea otters and herons, try Piedras Blancas for elephant seals, or head south to Pismo Beach between October and February to glimpse migrating butterflies.

How to get there

Traveling to and around San Luis Obispo

Fly into San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional), the closest airport, located 3 mi (4.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public), which is 28.8 mi (46.4 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is San Luis Obispo Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around San Luis Obispo?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 882 vacation rentals around San Luis Obispo. From 487 house rentals to 220 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent an ocean-view property in San Luis Obispo?

Waking up to beach views and the tidal rhythms of waves rolling into the shore. This is the stuff vacation fantasies are made of! Vrbo has 329 vacation rentals by the beach to select from. Alternatively, you may be searching for a different vibe. Vrbo has oodles of properties to pick from, including:

  • 307 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 241 beach-view vacation rentals.
  • 168 city-center vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in San Luis Obispo?

Instead of booking a cookie-cutter hotel room this vacation, you could just rent an entire house. You'll be a part of the neighborhood before you know it! There are 495 options currently available on Vrbo. Prices begin at $59 per night. If that doesn't suit your family's style, we have a range of different property types to choose from, such as:

  • Condo: 161 vacation homes. Prices start from $80 per night.
  • Hotel: 69 vacation homes. Prices start from $30 per night.
  • Cottage: 41 vacation homes. Prices start from $99 per night.

Can I stay in San Luis Obispo in a large group?

Vacations spent with your loved ones can be a lot of fun, especially when you're staying under the same roof somewhere entirely new! If you're traveling with a large group, Vrbo can help. House vacation homes are the most popular choice for large groups, with 148 featured here. The rental property options that can cater to large groups here include:

  • Looking for vacation homes that can hold 6 guests? We have 476 that will be perfect. The prices start from $80 per night.
  • Keen to find a place for 8 guests? We have 274 that will work well. The starting price is $110 per night.
  • Seeking out properties for rent suitable for 10 guests? You'll be glad to discover we have 116 that'll be perfect. You can secure one for as little as $232 per night.

You and all your besties will be in good hands when you arrange your San Luis Obispo travels with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in San Luis Obispo?

Tight hotel rooms are no place to spend those precious vacation moments! Explore our value-for-money rentals today and make sure everybody in your group has enough room to move. Railroad District is an awesome area to investigate if you want to keep an eye on your budget. Vrbo has 42 rentals, and the average price is a modest $164 per night. You'll find another 42 Vrbo rentals waiting for you in or around Old Town Historic District. The average price in this area is $168 per night.

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