Los Osos, CA, USA

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Los Osos, CA, USA

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It's Central California dreaming in Los Osos

Promising sweeping ocean views, outdoor pursuits and a buzzing local art scene, Los Osos is a quiet coastal community off Northern California's beaten track. Golf, hiking and watersports are all big attractions to California's Central Coast, and a Los Osos vacation rental makes a great base to explore the region. Despite its small town appeal, there's plenty on offer, from kayaking in Morro Bay to horseback riding through Montana de Oro State Park. Or just kick back on your private deck and sample some of the excellent wines from the nearby Edna and Avila Valleys wine regions.

Bayside dreams for golfers and bikers in Los Osos

Life in Los Osos is all about the great outdoors, and there's plenty to do on and off the water. Book a whale-watching or dolphin-spotting cruise, rent a boat and go sailing, or take a kayak for a paddle around Morro Bay. If you prefer to keep your toes dry, choose a Los Oros vacation rental within easy reach of one of the region's many golf courses. It's also a biker's paradise, with dozens of rugged mountain bike routes through the Los Osos Valley, including in the Los Osos Oaks State Reserve and Montana de Oro State Park.

There's no sorrow in Morro

A 5-mile drive north around the bay is Morro Bay State Park, a rugged beachfront and marine park dominated by Morro Rock. It's a popular spot for birdwatching, fishing and hiking. At the southern end of the park is the Museum of Natural History, which offers nature walks, puppet shows and a Chumash garden. Another big draw to the area is the Heron Rookery, situated next-door to the museum. You can't miss it, hundreds of birds flock to a cluster of dead trees, and you'll spot great blue herons, snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons in their natural habitat.

It's oh so hot in California's Los Osos

California's central coast has a varied weather pattern, from the cool marine climate of San Francisco, to the balmy temperatures of LA. The summer months in Los Osos are usually hot, sunny and dry, with a cooling breeze coming in off the ocean. While Los Osos is quieter than many beach resorts, the busiest time along this coast is in the summer season, between June and September, and oceanfront Los Osos vacation rentals get snapped up. Fall is a great time to visit, as the days are still warm and sunny, yet it's much quieter on the beach.

Find a Mountain of Gold at the end of the rainbow

Los Osos is a small beachfront community on the Central Californian Coast. With sweeping Pacific Ocean views, it's an ideal base for walking along the beaches and dunes of the Morro Dunes Natural Preserve. Spot more than 250 species of birds, as well as migrating whales and dolphins. A 2-mile drive south of Los Osos is the Montana de Oro State Park. A mix of rugged cliffs, secret sandy coves and wooded canyons, it has more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails. It's called the Mountain of Gold, thanks to the golden wildflowers which bloom in spring.