Arroyo Grande is a laid-back town set between the Pacific Ocean and the Californian countryside. Explore the historic village filled with cafes and antique stores, beach hop along the Central Coast and enjoy a bounty of farm-fresh cuisine.
Things to do in Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande is brimming with genuine historic charm and character. The walkable downtown district is filled with handsome Victorian buildings, many reimagined as cafes, antique shops and specialty boutiques. The town is famous for its wild roosters, which you’ll see strutting around Downtown Arroyo Grande.
Swim, sunbathe and at Pismo State Beach. The beach is a stone’s throw from Downtown Arroyo Grande and features a long stretch of golden sand backed by rolling dunes. Stay after dark to roast marshmallows around a roaring beach bonfire and enjoy spectacular stargazing.
From October to February, the Monarch Butterfly Grove comes alive with thousands of flying insects. Wander through the eucalyptus-filled nature reserve and marvel at the bright orange butterflies that migrate south to escape the frosty winter.
Beautiful scenery and a warm Mediterranean climate make it easy to tee off on Arroyo Grande golf courses at any time of the year. Some courses treat you to dazzling ocean views and others are nestled among oak woodlands and vineyards.
There’s a big focus on farm-to-table food in Arroyo Grande, with everything from small-batch ice cream to grass-fed steak on the menu. The twice-weekly farmers market attracts growers from across the county and is a great place to stock up on fresh produce.
Getting around Arroyo Grande
Downtown Arroyo Grande is compact and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Central Coast at your own pace. The town is located in San Luis Obispo County, a 10-minute drive from Pismo Beach and three hours from Los Angeles. Los Angeles International Airport is a 3.5-hour drive away.