Destination guide

The charming city of Shell Beach awaits you

The beaches and surrounding scenery provide a peaceful ambiance to your vacation home in Shell Beach. Travelers like the local tours, bird watching and surfing in this romantic and scenic city. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Morro Bay State Park are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Shell Beach

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Shell Beach a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Monarch Butterfly Grove (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Pismo Beach Golf Course (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Central Coast Aquarium (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Avila Beach Golf Resort (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables (5.4 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Kynsi Winery (5.7 mi / 9.3 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Shell Beach

If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, September, August, October and November are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 67°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Shell Beach

Shell Beach is famous for its pristine beaches and beautiful ocean views. Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Shell Beach is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Morro Bay State Park (15.7 mi / 25.3 km)
  • Margo Dodd Park (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • North Beach Campground (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Grover Heights Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Shell Beach

Fly into San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional), the closest airport, located 6.1 mi (9.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public), which is 21.7 mi (35 km) away.

Where to stay around Shell Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 409 vacation rentals near Shell Beach. From 162 Houses to 175 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Shell Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Shell Beach?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Shell Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • San Luis Obispo: 924 vacation rentals
  • Morro Bay: 503 vacation rentals
  • Cayucos: 595 vacation rentals
  • Avila Beach: 555 vacation rentals
  • Southern California: 34,491 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Shell Beach! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Shell Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Shell Beach:

  • San Luis Obispo: 924 rentals
  • Morro Bay: 503 rentals
  • Cayucos: 595 rentals
  • Avila Beach: 555 rentals
  • Oceano: 510 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Shell Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Shell Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pismo Beach Pier: 672 rentals
  • Pismo State Beach: 627 rentals
  • Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area: 641 rentals
  • Edna Valley Vineyard: 682 rentals
  • Morro Rock: 822 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Shell Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.