San Luis Obispo Tourism

An amiable coastal town, San Luis Obispo is perched between two major hotspots Los Angeles and San Francisco. There are many things about, San Luis Obispo, also popular as SLO that make it a favourite weekend getaway and a pit stop of many. A place where strolling amidst boutiques and quaint alleys laced with boutiques is perhaps the most blissful thing to do. Romantic and vibrant this college town is relaxing perfectly juxtaposing the number of things you can do here. Lots of beaches, hikes and a pleasant weather throughout the year, SLO is your much-need break!

Outdoor lovers have reasons to be enthusiastic about San Luis Obispo. Sports freaks have travelled to San Luis Obispo because of the wide range of activities like swimming, sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and surfing available here. The city also has options for those not so active. Higuera Street is the place to be to see some of best restaurants and shopping places. If you are chewing gum while walking around town, head to the Bubble Gum Alley lined with used chewing gum. Every Thursday evening, Higuera street is packed off for vehicles to make space for the farmers’ market. Post the market hours, bikers gather at the Mission Plaza to flaunt their skills. The Edna Valley is a popular destination for wine-tasting events. A holiday in San Luis Obispo is a treat for those wanting to soak up the Californian sun.

Essential travel information and San Luis Obispo tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Pacific Daylight Time Zone; UTC-8/-7
  • Currency: USD
  • Electricity and Internet: The voltage is 120 V/ 60 Hz. Internet in the form of wi-fi is available at most of the hotels, restaurants and places of interest.
  • Languages: English is the only language spoken at Pismo Beach
  • Security: Dial 911 for Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade.
  • Tipping: A top of 5-10% of bill is appreciated.
  • Know the pollution level of San Luis Obispo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.67 (Very Low)
  • How safe is San Luis Obispo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in San Luis Obispo.

    • Burglary and Theft 27.08 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20.83 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.25 (Low)
    • Attacks 22.92 (Low)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.42 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 68.75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 4.55 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 27.08 (Low)
    • Safety Index 73.23 (High)
    • Climate Index 95.85 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 32.76 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 41.8 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 61.57 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.1 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in San Luis Obispo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.66 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.87 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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