New Guided Tours in the Central Coast

The Central Coast is known for its perfect beach days: sunny skies, white sand, and the endless Pacific Ocean.  Not far from the coast is the beautiful and historic Paso Robles, filled with miles of lush vineyards and delicious tasting rooms.  Most vacationers love spending their days lounging on the beach or refining their wine palette, but the Central Coast also offers other unique ways to enjoy the area.  Check out these incredible tours to see the Central Coast from an entirely new perspective.

Submarine Tour

Morro Bay

Board the SSV SEAVIEW with the whole family to encounter sea life in their natural habitats.  The calm conditions of Morro Bay allows passengers of this submarine tour to view the Pacific Ocean from above and below sea level, giving an all-encompassing outlook into the water.  From the underwater viewing room, twenty-one passengers can look out large windows to see jellyfish, schools of fish, and other native wildlife cruising through the bay.  On the top observation deck, keep an eye out for sea otters, seals, sea lions, and sea birds lounging in the sunshine.  All the while, your tour guide will narrate the trip as you’re led to secret spots during your adventure.

Price is $18.00 for adults and $10.00 for children ages 3-12 years old.  Babies under 2 years old are free!

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(c) www.subseatours.com

Seaweed Express

Avila Beach

This more private coastal tour ensures you will see every favorite spot on the Avila waters.  Up to six passengers are able to coast along some of the most undiscovered areas of Avila Beach, viewing sea life in their natural habitat along the way.  The four different stops will take you to Pirates Bay, Fossil Cave, Point San Luis Lighthouse, and the one and only Otter Town.  This inflatable pontoon boat is the perfect size to access these special spots that others cannot through the rugged shoreline.  Migratory and annual birds, seals, sea lions, otters, and even dolphins have all been known to pop in and say hello to Seaweed Express travelers.  The tour begins just a short drive from Avila Lighthouse Suites, in Port San Luis.

Price is $25.00 per person for a 1 hour tour, and private charters are available for $150.00.

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(c) Facebook, Seaweed Express

Helicopter Wine Tour

Paso Robles

Paso Air Tours offers the wine tasting experience of a lifetime with their helicopter wine tours!  Of the four varying tour options, all include rides through the crisp wine country air over some of the most beautiful wineries in the US.  Along the way passengers spot luxurious estates, expansive views of the many wineries, and even popular Central Coast tourist locations.  The tours range in price, location, and length, but all four are guaranteed to take you on the ride of your life.  The three hour “Tasting in Style” journey glides along to two different wineries of your choice for a incredibly unique tasting experience.  The “Wine and Waves” tour allows passengers to not only view the beauty of Paso Robles wine country, but also Central Coast staples like Hearst Castle and Morro Rock.  Every one of these tour options are sure to take your breath away.

Prices vary from $575 to $2200 depending on tour location, length, and number of passengers.

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(c) www.travelpaso.com

Self-Guided Tours

Paso Robles

The historic city of Paso Robles began when Franciscan missionaries noticed the beautiful hot springs during their search for the site of the new Mission San Miguel.  Now, Paso Robles is recognized as one of the most celebrated wine and culinary regions of the United States.  The town of Paso Robles still holds this intriguing history since its start in the 1700s, and the city continues to tell these stories today.  Available to the public are self-guided tours of Paso Robles that describe the pioneer days and beyond.  The thirteen different categories available are sure to satisfy any interest, from famous guests to farming histories.  Paso Robles Inn, a staple in the downtown area, is featured in many of the tours for its remarkable past and current availability to still reserve rooms for guests.  Information on the self-guided tours is free and available at www.prcity.com/125/tours/.

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Sea Cave Tour

Pismo Beach

A great tour for the most experienced kayaker or those new to this water excursion, these cave expeditions will take you through exhilarating arches, caves, and rock gardens of Pismo Beach. The natural grottoes and protected coves are only accessible with these slim and agile kayaks, which tour guides will help with maneuvering.  The ocean vistas and coastal bluffs seen from this perspective are unlike any other in the area, and you will surely remember the experience forever with your included pictures from the adventure!

Price for a single kayak is $75 and $150 for a double kayak.

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(c) www.centralcoastkayaks.com

“Adventure of Your Life Tour”

Pismo Beach

A tour for the truly adventurous, this stand up paddle boarding experience is like no other.  On this three day and three night journey, you are taken from Pismo Beach all the way to Jalama Beach of Santa Barbara County.  Participants stand up paddle board during the entire tour down this scenic stretch of the Central Coast, making stops to camp and rest in some of the areas most popular spots.  Along the way, paddle boarders will stay at Paradise Beach and Vandenberg Air Force Base with two experienced guides to direct and assist with any questions.  The entire venture totals to around fifty miles, for a genuinely incredible and fulfilling tour experience.

(C) www.californiakiteboarding.com

(C) www.californiakiteboarding.com

Gilligan Goat Tour

Pismo Beach

A local legend, Dana McGregor, is famous for his talented pet goats that he has miraculously taught to surf!  Named Goatee, Pismo, and Grover, these gentle farm friends have gone viral with their surfing skills and love for the water.  This tour will take you on a thirty minute scenic hike with the surfing goats themselves on their favorite “Goatee Trail” in Pismo Beach.  Watching these friendly surfers play and gallop through the trails is quite the sight.  Tour participants even get to feed, pet, and play with these famous farm animals, along with learning how to milk a goat.  After, make your own goat milk ice cream to relax with your new buddies and a tasty treat!

Tour is 1 hour in total and reservation information is available through Dana McGregor (mc_gregordana@hotmail.com or 805-440-6925).

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