Baywood Park Pier, Los Osos
||San Luis Obispo, CA|
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I wouldn't really call this a pier but it is a tiny stretch of boardwalk in an absolutely beautiful setting. The water is a shimmering blue and the hills and dunes in the distance frame the scene. On a sunny day, there's something about the feel to the air here and and the clarity of the light that is just lovely. The sandy shore is being restored so the sign asks you to stay on the pier. There's not too much you can do here except just appreciate the view. To spend longer in this pretty spot, sit outside at Good Tides Coffee House and warm up with a hot drink. On warmer days you can sit in the front. On colder days, the area in the back is glassed-off to keep you warm. We had great weather in Los Osos but I have heard that it is often windy or foggy.
2nd St is the "downtown" of Los Osos and you can find a few stores and restaurants there.
There is a farmer's market on Mondays from 2-4:30pm at 2nd Street and Santa Maria Street.
For a long walk, head over to Elfin Forest, where a boardwalk amongst shrubland gives you great views of Morro Rock and the bay.
If your kids need to let off steam, go to Los Osos Community Park for their large skatepark. The playground isn't as nice.
For a super-inspiring beach with tons for kids to explore check out Spooner's Cove. The drive there through the forest of Montana de Oro State Park is a joy.
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From Highway 101, exit at Los Osos Valley Rd and head west. Go almost
ten miles and then turn right on S. Bay Blvd. Turn left on Santa Ysabel
Ave and then left on 2nd St. After you pass Santa Maria Ave, turn right into the parking lot for the pier.
Good Tides Coffee House, 1326 2nd St, Los Osos CA 93402, call (805) 528-6000.
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