About San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo was incorporated in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties when California became a state. The county covers 3,616 square miles, located along the Pacific Ocean in Central California and borders Santa Barbara County to the south, Monterey County to the north and Kern County to the east. The micro-climates in this county make it very desirable for many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and boating nearly all year round! San Luis Obispo County is also home to an abundance of sea life with its north coast section of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
San Luis Obispo County is one of the largest wine producing counties in the state, growing in popularity as a wine country vacation destination. Home to more than 200 wineries that produce more than 40 wine grape varieties and a variety of delectable restaurants, Paso Robles is the perfect weekend getaway destination.
Just 30 minutes west of the 101, you will find the opulent William Randolph Hearst Castle amongst the breathtaking coastal communities. As you continue south, you will find yourself in the namesake city of San Luis Obispo, home of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa founded in 1772, the fifth of 21 California missions, and California Polytechnic State University founded in 1903. The city of San Luis Obispo offers an assortment of restaurants as well as boutique shopping. From the cities in the south county, you have endless views of the Pacific Ocean.
Whether you are looking to spend an afternoon having a romantic picnic in a vineyard or on a family hike out on the coast, San Luis Obispo County has a little something for everyone!