Visitor Information

Arroyo Grande:

Founded in 1867 as a political township from land owned by Francisco Zeba Branch, and incorporated in 1911, Arroyo Grande is a modest-sized city with most neighborhoods just a few blocks from shopping, schools, parks and entertainment.

Arroyo Grande is situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the year-round Mediterranean and mild climate provides the ideal environment for taking advantage of the vintage California atmosphere. Arroyo Grande offers award-winning wines, family-friendly festivals, summertime concerts and a close proximity to open spaces great for hiking, biking, boating and camping.

The summer months are naturally air conditioned by ocean breezes with occasional light fog, and the winters offer delightful and refreshing crispness. The winter sunsets are fabulous!

The City is 5.67 square miles at an elevation of 80 feet, with a population of 17,252 (2010 Census Estimate).

Grover Beach:

Grover Beach was originally known as the Town of Grover. It was founded August 1, 1887 by Dwight William Grover. There was a popular vote that allowed incorporation on December 21, 1959 as City of Grover City, but the name seemed redundant. So in 1992, by a second popular vote, the name was officially changed from “City of Grover City” to “Grover Beach” to emphasize the seaside location.

  • Events

    Arroyo Grande is home to many regular and special events including the weekly Farmer’s Market, Annual Strawberry Festival, Village Summer Concert Series, Arroyo Grande Valley Car Show and Harvest Festival and Parade. The Village abounds with arts and crafts, tempting treats, activities, and attractions during festival times.

    Grover Beach plays host to the annual Stone Soup Music Festival and Street Faire where the sounds of Latin, African, Australian, Scottish and jazz and country-western music fill the streets. The event features vendor booths with homemade items and a variety of ethnic foods and takes place the last weekend in August. Grover Beach has their own Summer Concert Series every Sunday at 3 pm and holiday parade and craft faire.

    Check out our events calendar for a list of upcoming events.

  • Recreation

    Arroyo Grande is a delightful community to explore. There is an abundance of gift and antique shops along with wonderful places to dine. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy the charm of strolling through Arroyo Grande's historic village. The Village offers a unique array of specialty shops and restaurants year-round, all nestled within the historic buildings and timeless treasures that makes its atmosphere truly Vintage California.

    The City of Arroyo Grande is just minutes away from the beach,Lopez Lake and the Arroyo Grande Valley wine region. It’s a great area with the best opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, surfing, boating, and ATV riding.

    Grover Beach offers diverse recreational opportunities such as dune hiking, fishing, clamming, golfing, horseback riding and ATV riding. There are several community parks available for recreation, picnics and barbeques. There are stunning views of the ocean from many of the homes in Grover Beach and there's a thriving industrial district tucked away that's easy to get to, but not visible to the average visitor.

Education Links:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
http://www.calpoly.edu/

Cuesta College
http://www.cuesta.edu/

Lucia Mar Unified School District
http://www.luciamar.k12.ca.us/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1

County Office of Education
http://www.slocoe.org/

Arroyo Grande Parks:

Heritage Square Park is at the heart of the village beside Arroyo Grande Creek. Have lunch, listen to music at the bandstand or just enjoy the quiet.

Strother Community Park is also next to the Arroyo Grande Creek. Three large barbecues can be reserved in advance. Play horseshoes, softball, basketball or volleyball.

Elm Street Park has a volleyball court and playground. Next to the Soto Sports Complex, its barbecue area accommodates 75 people and can be reserved in advance.

Rancho Grande Park has two play structures, a basketball court, horseshoe pits and open green space.

Health Fitness Park is located behind Arroyo Grande Hospital and features exercise stations, jogging trails and a heart-rate monitor.

Hoosegow Park overlooks the village and is home to the City Jail built in 1910.

Kingo Park has a small tot play structure, picnic tables and barbecue grills.

Terra de Oro Park
Is a small neighborhood park with a sand volleyball court.

Hart-Collett Memorial Park
Near downtown has tables and benches so you can enjoy the colorful beds and trees.

Grover Beach Parks

Romona Garden Park & Gazebo
N. 9th Street and Ramona Avenue
Perfect for your outdoor special event with a gazebo and amphitheater area adjacent to the Ramona Garden Park Center

Hero Community Park
Farroll Road and S. 16th Street
Features a rubberized play surface and colorful play structure, small barbecues and concrete picnic tables

Mentone Basin Park
S. 14th Street and Mentone  Avenue
Features individual barbecues, a lighted basketball court, and a lighted tennis court.

Golden West Park
End of Jennifer Court, BBQ, benches, and horseshoe pits

Grover Heights Park
N. 10th Street and Atlantic City Avenue
Features two lighted tennis courts as well as individual and group barbecues

16th Street Park
S.16th Street and Mentone Avenue, Featuring BBQ pits and grassed volleyball court

South County Skate Park
1750 Ramona Avenue (behind Burger King).
Featuring a 13,234 square foot facility for children and adults alike! Park use is for skateboarding and in-line skating only.

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
Ocean Dune State Vehicular Recreation Area has 1,500 acres, featuring beach and sand dune riding. Thousands of off-highway vehicle enthusiasts enjoy the beach dunes of this SVRA most weekends during the summer. It is a motorcycle, four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle and dune buggy use area. One mile south of the Pier Avenue beach ramp is Post 2, which marks the beginning of the off-highway vehicle riding and camping area. The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is the place to be if you’re looking for adventure!

Monarch Grove
Experience the famous migration of Monarch Butterflies to the Central Coast from late October to February. Spectators come from all over the Central Coast and throughout the state to view the bright orange and black Monarchs. Volunteer docents offer daily talks and information from 10am to 4pm daily during migration season. The grove is located just off Highway 1. Free parking is available inside the North Beach Campground, just north of the trees.

Camping:

Lopez Lake Recreation Area
There are 354 campsites to choose from. Many overlook the lake, and others are nestled among picturesque oaks. Primitive, electrical and full hook-up campsites are available. Hot shower facilities are available at several campgrounds. Camping reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Shower facilities are available 75 cents for three minutes.

6800 Lopez Dr.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 788-2381
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST

Coastal Dunes RV Park & Campground
There are 232 level, green grass campsites to accommodate full hook-up for RV trailers up to 40 feet. Throughout the park, there are restrooms, hot shower facilities, laundromats and a heated swimming pool.

1001 Pacific Boulevard
Oceano, CA 93445
(805) 781-4900
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST

Oceano County Campground
There are 22 campsites and each site can accommodate 4 – 6 people with either one R.V. or a couple of tents. A few sites can accommodate a R.V. up to 40 feet. Each site is equipped with full hook-ups (electricity, sewer, and water) and showers are available for a minimal charge. There are shower facilities available for $ 0.75 for 3 minutes.

540 Air Park Drive
Oceano, CA 93445
(805) 781-4900
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST

Oceano Dunes State Park Camping
Camping is allowed south of Post 2 on the beach and in the open dune area. Vault toilets and chemical toilets are provided, and water-delivery and holding-tank pump-out services are available on the beach. Beach camping is recommended for 4- wheel drive vehicles only.

Pier Avenue
Oceano, CA
805-473-7220 info, 800-444-7275 reservations