The Central Coast is home to some of California’s best beaches: Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, and beyond! Hidden among these more popular spots in the secluded corners of the Central Coast are less popular spots, usually only known by locals or regulars. These beaches provide a more natural beach experience, being able to listen to the gentle waves crash and the birds chirp away. We have gathered our three favorite hidden beaches so during your next stay with us, you can truly relax in your own personal paradise.
Palisades Park Beach lies beneath a popular park in Pismo Beach, South Palisades Park. When arriving atop this beach many don’t realize the lookout spot above leads down to one of the best spots on the Central Coast! Take the stairs down to the oceanfront and you’ll be greeted by a serene stretch of beach, complete with unique rock formations and tide pools. Often less crowded than the popular beaches by the Pismo and Avila Piers, this spot is perfect for a quiet morning stroll or a quick cat nap in the sun. When the tide is low you can even explore the many native sea creatures hiding in the tide pools!
Many residents know Pirate’s Cove as the cliff side spot perfect for watching a sunset or relaxing with friends, becoming very popular with Cal Poly students. What makes this spot even more incredible though is the small stretch of beach that lies below the lookout spot. Situated between Shell Beach and Avila Beach, Pirate’s Cove’s south-facing location allows it to be protected from some undesirable weather conditions, like chilly winds and breezes. Perched atop the cove is a community of gorgeous, oceanfront mansions, perfect for admiring during a mid-day stroll. Watch out though, this is also a clothing optional beach!
Probably the most hidden of these three beaches is Coon Creek Beach, the most southern beach access point in Montana de Oro State Park. Although a part of this state park, Coon Creek unfortunately has no direct access from the roads built to allow visitors to enjoy these spots. This just adds to the adventure, though! To reach Coon Creek Beach, you must take a short hike through Point Buchon Trail or the Bluff Trail. The walk is definitely worth it though, as Coon Creek provides amazing sea caves available to explore at low tides and a large sink hole! The perfect option for adventurers looking to experience the natural beauty of the Central Coast, Coon Creek Beach provides a beach day like no other.