Destination guide

A laid-back vacation in SLO County

Halfway between LA and San Francisco, Lake Nacimiento lures a constant stream of sun seekers. It sits in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County and is surrounded by rolling orchards, horse ranches and wineries. This means a luscious red or a fruity white is always well within reach. The sunny Mediterranean climate supports a laid-back lifestyle that revolves around good food, great wine and fantastic company. Whether you want to kayak on the lake, cast a line or simply relax on the sun deck, Lake Nacimiento vacation rentals make it easy to slip into holiday mode.

Things to do

Sip your way through wine country

Thanks to its sun-drenched climate and fertile soil, San Luis Obispo County is a hotspot for Californian wineries. Nearby Atascadero is dotted with scores of vineyards, so why not designate a driver and sip your way through SLO County? DAOU Vineyards & Winery is a top pick, with sweeping vineyard views, an elegant tasting room and excellent food and wine-pairing experiences. See something you like? With Lake Nacimiento vacation rentals, you can take home your favorite bottles and enjoy your own private tasting sessions.


Make a splash in Lake Nacimiento

Dotted with beaches, jetties and marinas, watersports are the order of the day in Lake Nacimiento. Bring your own gear or rent everything from paddleboards, kayaks and water skis to pontoons, dinghies and jet boats. On Thursday nights there's no better scene than the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market. Just an hour's drive from Lake Nacimiento, it sees Higuera Street transform into a lively street party, complete with live music and entertainment. If you plan on whipping up family meals in your Lake Nacimiento vacation rental kitchen, it's a great place to stock up on fresh fruit and veg.


Summer sunshine in the Golden State

Like the rest of SLO County, Lake Nacimiento enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Summer is the most popular time to visit, with warm weather that's perfect for swimming, paddling and winery hopping. That said, there's just as much chance of clear skies and sultry temperatures in the middle of winter. This makes Lake Nacimiento a favorite with snowbirds. The lake fills up fast for annual festivals and events, including the Paso Robles Wine Festival in May and the Harvest Wine Weekend in October.

Natural features

California's white bass capital

Extending 18 miles, Lake Nacimiento is fed by the Santa Lucia Range. It sits in San Luis Obispo County, a region known for its world-class wineries. There's 165 miles of shoreline to explore which makes it a top destination for watersports. The lake is also a paradise for anglers, home to California's most abundant supply of white bass. Numbers peak in spring and fall. Pack a rod and you could also reel in crappie, carp, bluegill and channel catfish. If you're craving a night under the stars Lake Nacimiento is dotted with over 350 campsites.

Where to stay around Lake Nacimiento?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 77 vacation rentals near Lake Nacimiento. From 2 Cabins to 66 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Nacimiento for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Nacimiento?

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

  • Big Sur: 289 vacation rentals
  • Morro Bay: 499 vacation rentals
  • Cambria: 348 vacation rentals
  • Cayucos: 598 vacation rentals
  • Southern California: 34,205 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Nacimiento! 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 Lake Nacimiento?

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 Lake Nacimiento:

  • Big Sur: 289 rentals
  • Morro Bay: 499 rentals
  • Cambria: 348 rentals
  • Cayucos: 598 rentals
  • San Simeon: 194 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 Lake Nacimiento?

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

  • Hearst Castle: 221 rentals
  • Moonstone Beach Park: 422 rentals
  • Cayucos Pier: 910 rentals
  • Paso Robles Station: 698 rentals
  • Ragged Point: 44 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Nacimiento 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.