I biked this part of the California coast in 2005? or so? There’s not a lot of sunning type beaches, but the nature is awesome. I made is to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and $8 + tax beers.
Another good thing about biking is you don’t need campsite reservations. The hiker/biker sites are always available both in Oregon & California, I was never denied an awesome campsite. The campground had a restaurant & bar with TV, I got to watch the world series. Bartender Bob kept my glass full throughout the game.
I stayed 3 days in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The largest slide in California has closed the road at Gorda. It’s a 133 mile detour with a 7 mile uphill! I also heard it was a $1000 fine for crossing the slide area. So around 10pm, I walked around the gate, with in a couple of minutes someone jumped out from the bushes. I thought I was caught, he was biking north. He was scared by the bright lights of Gorda, I told him to go ahead everything was closed. Then directed him to my waiting area campsite.
It was late, but I made it through the slide area. I started riding up uphill, enough was enough, I camped behind some concrete walls, for safety. The next day the road was void of any cars, just big rock trucks for fixing the road. I saw the same truck drivers all day, they would honk at me as I waved, pretty funny. The road reflectors were all missing, someone found them and made some “reflector art”. This part of the coast was some of the most interesting. There was a great beach covered with seals and sea lions (video below)
VIDEO OF SEALS AND SEA LIONS PLAYING/SLEEPING ON THE BEACH
Morro Bay is a GREAT place to visit. The Hiker/Biker camping is only 1.5 miles from town. Got my bike spoke replaced, post cards and did souvenir shopping. San Luis Obispo is a great college town with many brew pubs and student priced food. The “not to be missed” San Luis Obispos Farmers Market is a must visit.
I love hanging in college towns (I’m a guy). They had a beer bar that allows you to pour your own & whole wheat Vegan pizza. The beer tourism thing is going over the top. I felt back in Portland with at 300 people biking around town after the farmers market (video below).