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Cambria or San Luis Obispo if not stopping at Hearst Castle

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Cambria or San Luis Obispo if not stopping at Hearst Castle

For one night stop between Monterey and Santa Barbara should we stop in San Siméon/Cambria or San Luis Obispo if we are not planning on gong to Hearst Castle. Or even , Pismo Beach or directly to Santa Barbara where we will already be staying for two nights.

We are a family with two kids (11 and 9)

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1. Re: Cambria or San Luis Obispo if not stopping at Hearst Castle

It depends what you want to see. SLO is inland and not on the coast. On Thursday night they have a farmers market/street fair which is a lot of fun - but other than that with your family I'd give it a pass. Its great for couples though as lots of wineries in the immediate area.

Cambria is on the coast and prettier location of the 2. Or you could drive on through to Santa Barbara and add a night.

If you are doing Big Sur Drive (i.e. kids in the back seat) be sure to let them get out of the car and relax a bit after you get off the twisty turny highway 1 portion through Big Sur Area.

They will most likely need the break - (although their green faces might give you a visible sign). Plan on a snack or meal if you decide to drive on to Santa Barbara.....or just get out and stretch your legs.

If you do not stay in Cambria (its more arts stores), you might want to give a look also at Pismo Beach - its more fun for families. Pismo Beach Lighthouse Suites there would be a nice place to spend the night if you decide not to make your way to Santa Barbara.

http://www.pismolighthousesuites.com/

http://classiccalifornia.com/

Have a good trip.

Edited: 4:53 pm, June 25, 2012
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2. Re: Cambria or San Luis Obispo if not stopping at Hearst Castle

Wow, what a great review. Thank you for your help.

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3. Re: Cambria or San Luis Obispo if not stopping at Hearst Castle

You could look at Lighthouse Suites in Avila Beach as well, family friendly town and beach.

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4. Re: Cambria or San Luis Obispo if not stopping at Hearst Castle

Agree with Pismo Beach. It's the family friendly choice.

The nice thing about the rooms at Pismo Lighthouse Suites is that the rooms are HUGE and have 2 bathrooms.

Cottage Inn, Sandcastle Inn, Kon Tiki Inn are a few more lodging options.

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5. Re: Cambria or San Luis Obispo if not stopping at Hearst Castle

In Pismo Beach, I have stayed at the Cottage Inn a couple times and liked it.

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