Top 5 Hidden Gem Beaches along Highway 1

Who doesn’t desire their own private beach? Discover the next best thing with these 5 hidden gem beaches located along scenic Highway 1. From serene shores and quiet coves to undulating dunes, our uncrowded slice of San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) Coast beckons savvy surfers, beachcombers and sunbathers alike. Need directions? Check out our Google Maps list of these five beaches.

San Simeon Pico Creek kitesurfing

1. Pico Creek Beach

Surf’s up in San Simeon: Follow local surfers’ sandy footsteps as you paddle out to Pico Creek Beach, a stellar surf spot conveniently nested at the north end of historic downtown San Simeon. Thanks to a well-positioned reef intersecting a creek, you’ll find a unique break sure to enchant even the most well traveled longboarder, shortboarder or kite surfer. These waves are a best kept secret, to be sure!

Leffingwell Landing in Cambria

2. Leffingwell Landing

Breathe easy in Cambria: When the agenda says “relax,” head for Leffingwell Landing, an oasis waiting along the north end of gorgeous Moonstone Beach in charming Cambria. Explore hidden tide pools with the kiddos, pack a picnic, or just watch the tide roll in while you rejoice in the ancient art of enjoying yourself. Extra credit: bring a bottle of local wine, the perfect accompaniment for afternoon lounging.

Sandspit Beach Los Osos Montana de Oro

3. Sandspit Beach

Lots to love in Los Osos/Baywood Park: You live to hike, bike and explore. Prepare to meet your match at Montaña de Oro State Park, where trails and tidepools come standard. Knowledgeable nature lovers adore the park’s secluded Sandspit Beach, the perfect place to enjoy a quiet sunset. Catch unmatched views of Morro Rock while you traverse along the edge of the Morro Dunes Natural Preserve, home to seabirds, seals and otters. Yes, it’s all in a day’s fun!

Montana De Oro Wildflowers

4. Coon Creek Beach

More at Montaña de Oro: “Secluded” is just the beginning of Coon Creek Beach’s many charms. Located on the southernmost trail at Montaña de Oro State Park in Los Osos, this uncrowded coastal wonder is only accessible from Point Buchon Trail (private PG&E land, open Thursday-Monday). Plan to go at low tide to explore enchanting sea caves.

5. Oso Flaco Lake & Beach

Farmland to dunes in Oceano/Guadalupe: Suspend your disbelief and imagine strolling a pastoral wooden plank that leads from farmland to marshland and windswept dunes. Nestled between the quiet communities of Oceano and Guadalupe, Oso Flaco Lake & Beach isn’t just a path worth taking. Discover a colorful display of seabirds birds along the route. It’s nice to enjoy both the journey and the destination, right?