Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

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Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

Arroyo Grande vacation rentals

A charming early 20th-century town

The Californian town of Arroyo Grande was established in 1911, and has held onto its historic charm. The town is lined with quaint, Victorian brick buildings, buzzy eateries and antique shops. Arroyo Grande village has a strong sense of community which is seen in the many food and cultural festivals throughout the year. Meanwhile, the immensity of the Pacific is just a couple of miles away, and is fringed by rolling coastal foothills carpeted by vineyards cooled by the ocean breeze. Want to make yourself at home like a local? Arroyo Grande vacation rentals make that happen.

The Pacific coast is an adventure playground

Whatever kind of escape you might be after, Arroyo Grande and the surrounding San Luis Obispo county has got your covered. If you like water sports, the ocean is just a short distance away and offers secluded bays to kayak, Pacific waves to surf, and boats pulling water skiers. Further inland, the quiet meandering country roads take travelers to hiking trails through the canyons and adrenaline-inducing downhill mountain biking routes. The rolling landscape has helped to create some of California's most challenging golf courses where tourists can show off their expert – or amateurish – swings.

Learn about the first settlers in California

This small town has numerous museums, packed with history dating back to the very first settlers of the region. These include an historic library, an agricultural museum housing antique artifacts, an old stately house and a tiny jail used in the early 20th century. Nearby, ballet fans can see performances of the Nutcracker and Rodeo at the Civic Ballet center. Meanwhile, wildlife lovers can see thousands of butterflies at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove and the sea lion colonies further up at the coast at Piedras Blancas.

Year-round pleasures in Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande enjoys a pleasant temperature throughout the year. The spring is a wonderful time to visit with clear skies and warm days, ideal for a walk along the sandy dunes and trails of Pismo Beach. The summer heats up, but the cooling sea breeze means the temperature stays comfortable. Another good time to settle into Arroyo Grande vacation rentals is fall, when the leaves turn myriad hues of orange and gold, and you can hike along the rolling hills and past the vines being harvested. Winter gets cold but rarely drops below freezing.

The most diverse dune ecosystem in the world

Arroyo Grande is surrounded by Californian vineyards that thrive in the mild coastal temperatures cooled by the sea breeze. Much of the nearby coast is backed by the Guadalupe-Nipomo dunes eco-system, home to some unique and endemic wildlife. The Huasna Valley is the agricultural heartland, and supports much of the fruit and vegetable farming in San Luis Obispo. If you enjoy food, visit the local markets for an authentic slice of central Californian rural life. Don't forget the ocean which can be explored from boats departed from the harbor in Port San Luis.