The Central Coast offers some of the most scenic picnic areas in the world, Whether you prefer being perched above the Pacific Ocean with panoramic views or nessled in an Oak studded hillside, there is a place to enjoy your next picnic. Let these suggestions help point you towards your next adventure.
Ragged Point, CA
The Ragged Point Inn vicinity is a cluster of businesses and services on a very scenic point on the west side of Highway 1. Visitors to the area need travel no further north than this to see Big Sur's famous rocky coastline at no cost. Most of Ragged Point Inn's rooms are located on a cliff's edge, 350 feet above a cove. There are picnic tables overlooking the bluffs. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This picturesque location is perfect for anybody who just wants to sit and enjoy the scenery. Leffingwell is located at the northern end of Moonstone Beach Dr. Leffingwell Landing is a great place to have a wedding and is also a great place to have a small BBQ. There are about 4 BBQs on site and the area can be rented for private events. A small beach running next to it and a set of stair leading to a rocky shore makes for great tide pooling. There are some trails that are a nice for a small walk and a look out point.
Pismo Beach, CA
Pismo State Beach offers all kinds of attractions: hiking, swimming, surf fishing, and digging for the famous Pismo clam. There are tree-lined dunes and the beach is popular with bird watchers. The park has the largest over-wintering colony ofmonarch butterflies in the U.S.
- Ocean Lagoon with wheelchair-accessible fishing overhang.
- Four restaurants within 2 blocks of the campground.
- ATV rentals within 2 blocks of the park.
- A trolly service providing access to the surrounding community.
Los Osos, CA
This park features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park’s trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner’s Cove, across from the campground. The park’s name, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites.