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.


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.


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.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Luis Obispo?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Luis Obispo:

  • Downtown: 36 vacation rentals
  • Railroad District: 40 vacation rentals
  • Old Town Historic District: 39 vacation rentals
  • Los Osos: 227 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 149 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to San Luis Obispo?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in San Luis Obispo. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Avila Hot Springs: 801 vacation rentals
  • Edna Valley Vineyard: 653 vacation rentals
  • San Luis Obispo County Library: 952 vacation rentals
  • California Polytechnic State University: 992 vacation rentals
  • Bishop Peak Trail: 988 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Luis Obispo listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in San Luis Obispo?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 516 Houses in San Luis Obispo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Luis Obispo include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 226 rentals available
  • Cottages: 57 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 57 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Luis Obispo?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 70 vacation rentals with pool available in San Luis Obispo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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