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Avila / Morro?

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Visiting Avila Beach Friday night and was going to head up to Monterey for the night but am thinking now it's too far for one night. (we are staying in Santa Barbara starting Sunday). What beachy-area is good within an hour of Avila that could provide our little family with a glimpse of what the peninsula could've offered? We have an 8 year old who loves wildlife and shell collecting.

Looking for hotel too-suite?

Thanks!

Frau

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Take a look at Cambria.

Cambria is a quaint, charming seaside town nestled in a pine forest. We locals like to call it "The poor man's Carmel".

About 8 miles north of Cambria is an elephant seal rookery that might interest your 8 YO. And Cambria's Moonstone Beach is well known for the small gemstone like pebbles that are common on the beach there.

Hearst Castle is 10 minutes away and you could even drive up Highway 1 a little bit to where the Big Sur drive begins. I like to recommend Ragged Point as a nice stop on that route for a small taste of Big Sur. Ragged Point is a commercial property, but the views from the back of the property are gorgeous! Looking to the north, you get a view of the Santa Lucia Mountains rising dramatically from the the shore. Looking to the south, you get a view of a dramatic rocky shoreline, but with less elevation above it.

From Avila, Cambria is about a 40-45 minute drive. Take Highway 101 up to San Luis Obispo & take the Highway 1/Hearst Castle exit and follow the signs. You will drive a bit through town before hitting open road. The ocean will come into view at Morro Bay (another option for you) through Cayucos before turning inland a bit until you reach Cambria.

Cambria Pines Lodge has suite rooms and has several acres of trails in a wooded setting above town.

http://www.cambriachamber.org/

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Cambria is a great choice for a place to stay. If you are interested in Morro Bay, the Inn @ Morro Bay is very nice. http://www.centralcoast.com :)

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Thanks so much for the ideas. So now I ask Cambria or Morro Bay for more to do on Easter Sunday?

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Both are pretty sleepy coastal towns, so not sure what "more to do" would mean to you. What are you wanting to do?

If you stayed in Morro Bay, you could drive down to Montana de Oro State Park and do some hiking or tide pooling. If the kayak rental companies are open, you could kayak around the bay and estuary.

If you stayed in Cambria, you could take a tour of Hearst Castle (yes, it will be open) and then drive up to see the elephant seals a few miles further up the road.

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we stayed in Morro Bay and were not real impressed - wish we had stayed in Cambria. Loved Moon Beach, the elephant seals and Hearst Castle. Even the 8 year old would probably like the Hearst Castle as they have Zebra's and other animals that live on the grounds. Trying Avila Beach on Memorial weekend - walked through there before and decided it would be nice place to stay a few nights after having my daughter see UCSB (and my son is at Cal Poly so can have him join us)

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I definitely found Avila Beach much more attractive than Pismo Beach or Morro. Morro is quite smelly and over-marketed.

Other attractions: Hearst Castle, Cambria

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