Best Spots to Watch the Sunrise for Easter

There are plenty of Easter events around the Central Coast to celebrate this monumental time of year! Whether you’ll be attending a Sunday service or just looking to honor the beautiful spring season, enjoying the sunrise this Easter is the perfect way to highlight this gorgeous time of year. Watching the sunset is definitely a popular activity for Central Coast residents and visitors, but the admiring the sunrise provides spectacular, fresh feelings of new beginnings and bright futures. Check out these spots to enjoy this Easter Sunday’s stunning sunrises!

Dinosaur Caves Park

A sunrise by the seashore is a sight that is hard to beat. While you take in the gentle sounds of the ocean and admire the still calmness of the water, you’ll remember why you’ve always loved the beach so much! Without the hustle and bustle of crowded beach-goers, this spot will leave you feeling refreshed and amazed as you watch the night sky turn to day.

Cerro San Luis

Although it can be a little tricky climbing this trail in the darker hours of the morning, the view at the top will be unbeatable. Grab your headlamps and some flashlights to head up Cerro San Luis trail. When you’ve arrived at the top, sit on one of the many large boulder and look out at the expansive, 360 degree views of San Luis Obispo as the sun rises over the city.

Terrace Hill

This pet-friendly spot is the perfect destination for the whole family! Bring a blanked or take a seat on a park bench as you watch the sun rise over the many mountains of the Central Coast. Watching the colorful reds, oranges, and yellows turn into a perfect blue sky will be worth the early wake up call!

Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve

The Central Coast is lucky to have an array of protected areas, like Morro Dunes Ecological Reserve, which are maintained and sheltered, so everyone can enjoy the beauty of the natural world. This shorter hike goes to the highest point of Montana de Oro State Park, providing spectacular views of Morro Bay State Park and Morro Rock. As the sun rises, you’ll be surrounding by amazing natural foliage, looking out to the blue waters.

Highway 46 West Vista Point

The view in this North County spot, coined the “big turnout” overlooking rolling hills and beach views only admired from this point. When you drive out onto the turnout area, you’ll be able to spot not only Cayucos, but also Morro Bay and Morro Rock. An easy adventure on a very early Sunday morning, the sunrise will give your day of spark of magic.

Your Own Private Balcony

If you want to enjoy the beautiful sunrise this Easter Sunday, but aren’t feeling quite ambitious enough to go out on an early morning adventure, look no further! You can enjoy the sunrise right from your private balcony or patio of your gorgeous guestroom. Pismo Beach’s amazing oceans and sunrise views can be spotted right from Inn at the Cove, Pismo Lighthouse Suites, or Shore Cliff Hotel, perched atop ocean bluffs. At Avila Lighthouse Suites, situated right on the shores of Avila Beach, you can awake to the gentle sounds of the ocean or take a stroll along the board walk, and even head back to bed after your morning adventure! If you’d like to enjoy wine country views, at Paso Robles Inn you can wake up to your own private mineral spa and overlook the garden as the sun rises this Easter!

*Hiking trails during early morning hours may be dark and difficult to maneuver. Proper equipment should be utilized and trail hours should be monitored to ensure safe hiking procedures.

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