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The Coast Is Clear

When visitors to the Central Coast ask what time the fog will lift, locals answer: Just wait till fall. The good news is the clearer skies typically stretch into winter, too. This season, go hike the hills, paddle to a lighthouse, and explore coastal caves near the classic beach town of Avila Beach.

Week 12.12.2019
Regions Northern & Southern CA

Cave Culture

Hike to Cave Landing and Pirates Cove from Avila Beach

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Cave Landing, a craggy headland between Avila Beach and Pismo Beach, is a storied stretch of the Central Coast that stirs potent reveries in the beholder.
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Small Craft Morning

Kayaking San Luis Obispo Bay to Point San Luis Lighthouse

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San Luis Obispo Bay is a lovely place to kayak. The highlands backing the bay and a jetty at its western end protect the harbor from tough paddling.
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Old SLO Hills

Hike Johnson Ranch Open Space Near San Luis Obispo

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Hike Johnson Ranch, a sprawling 242-acre open space south of San Luis Obispo and north of Avila Beach where vistas seem to ever unfold in new directions. 
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