Mini FREE Central Coast Adventures – Have you done these?

If not, then these are a must. The Central Coast has unique mini-adventures and attractions that make weekend day trips unique and fun and FREE.

Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach: Monarch butterflies migrate to Pismo Beach every year to escape the chilling temperatures of the north. The butterflies can be seen in the eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach from October-February, so hurry up to make sure you don’t miss them.

Bob Jones Trail, Avila Beach: Named for Bob Jones, advocate for the conservancy of San Luis Obispo Creek, the Bob Jones Trail is an 8-mile route linking San Luis Obispo to Avila Beach.  The serene and picturesque trail is perfect for biking, skating, jogging, or walking, and is suitable for individuals of all fitness levels and ages.  There is even a great deli located halfway along the trail.

Morro Rock, Morro Bay: Also sometimes referred to as the “Gibralter of the Pacific”, Morro Rock is a part of the [extinct] nine sisters volcanic peaks, which stretch 12 miles- from Morro Bay to San Luis Obispo.  Morro Rock is also a state preserve, home to nesting Peregrine Falcons and has a nearby playground for the kids.

Elephant Seals, Piedras Blancas: In late October and early November subadult males begin to snooze and are very playful.  Around Thanksgiving adult males begin to arrive to stake out their territories, heralding the beginning of the birthing and breading season.  Pregnant females come in December.

Dinosaur Park, Shell Beach: Dinosaurs in Shell Beach? Don’t be fooled by the name; Dinosaur Park does not actually house any dinosaurs at all. Local folklore holds that H. Douglas Brown began building a concrete dinosaur in 1948, but the project was never completed. Now, the park is popular for “walkers, photographers, dog lovers, joggers and fishing enthusiasts.”

When the weather isn’t quite ideal for a Beach Butlerz experience, then you can take advantage of all of the unique attractions that shape the beautiful beach cities in this region. And, have fun with it!

Elephant Seals lounging and playing on the beach at Piedras Blancas, California – November 26, 2010.


6 Autumn Weather Beach Day Suggestions

California is infamous for its sunny days, warm weather, and amazing beaches. When it’s hot, most natives grab a towel, a swim suit, some sun block, a pack of friends, and head to the nearest sandy shore.
The Central California coast is a beautiful place to be, even though it’s not hot enough to lounge on the beach year-round, it is still sunny out and you can catch a warm autumn day here and there. Below are Beach Butlerz’s favorite beach activities to be enjoyed when the weather cools.
1)      BEACH BONFIRE. S’mores…need I say more? Not all beaches allow open fires, but it’s definitely worth looking into. Click HERE to find out which beaches in California allow bonfires. Beach bonfires are a great way to entertain a group of friends, or to stay warm while enjoying the picturesque view. Who said bonfires are only good in the evening? Pack some hot dogs for a weenie-roast, and some marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers for a delicious sweet treat. Always make sure you put the fire out completely when you’re done.
2)      SHELL SEARCHING. If you’re looking for a fun craft to do, or just a way to fill a couple hours during the day, shell searching on the shores is a great option. Throw on some jeans or sweats, roll up the bottoms, and stroll along the coastline to find sand dollars, shells, and unique rocks. Take them home to create one-of-a-kind works of art, holiday gifts (inexpensive wink wink), or put them in a jar for a fun table display.
3)      JOG OR WALK ON THE BEACH. Grab a friend, or an i-Pod, and hit the sand! Brisk weather is perfect for exercising because you don’t get too hot, and the sand provides awesome resistance for a killer workout. Also, beach exercising when it’s gloomy is a great way to kick-start your day.
4)      PICNIC OR ROMANTIC DATE. As long as you’re dressed for the weather, the beach is a perfect place to snuggle up with your family, friends, or loved one(s). Make sure to pack your favorite food (or beverage), and extra sweatshirts and blankets.
5)      DOG PLAY! Many beaches, at least in Central California, allow dogs. Olde Port Beach in Avila Beach is one of them. Grab your pup and some of his favorite toys and take to the sand. You can go solo, or take the whole family, to enjoy this one!
6)   BEACH VOLLEYBALL. Need we say more. Sheer fun, even if you can’t play well. 😉