A west indies traveler @ San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo Travel Blog

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This time the destination was San Luis Obispo, California.

San Luis is a small town located at the middle of nowhere, is exactly at the middle because you need to spend almost 3 hrs driving from San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX) to get there; there is a small airport served by United and American Eagle from LAX or SFO but the schedule offers is not their best and business required a different approach.

We arrived to San Jose around 10 PM and we spend few hours in the city because we were eating at a local Mexican restaurant called “La Victoria”, we found this place very well ranked at city search but it is not true, La Victoria is a small restaurant with a limited offer in its menu and quite ugly in my opinion.

 After this unpleasant start we decided to go to San Luis Obispo and we arrived there at 2:00 AM to our Bed & Breakfast lodge called Garden Street Inn which was way below our expectations. This “hotel” hadn’t any of the basic lodging services (e.g.: parking, front desk, TV, Internet connection, etc). Decorated with a very bad taste, this place was our home base for 3 days.

San Luis is very famous because this was the fifth mission founded by father Junipero Serra called “San Luis Obispo de Tolosa” and because is the home of a California Polytechnic State University. We finished our business meetings around 6 Pm and we decided to join a fabulous farmer market that takes place every Thursday on Higuera Street. We walked the whole market I we finished in a very nice French-basque restaurant called “Fandango Bistro” which called my attention because its flag of Euskadi (a Spain separatist region) and we were right when we decided to have a dinner there because the menu was awesome, specially the squids and the lamb with white beans!.

We got into bed early because our next meeting was programmed for 4:00 am next day.

We finished our meeting and we went to Pismo Beach trying to get into the beach but the day was very foggy and only local surfers with a 3 mm neoprene suits were riding waves. We had a lunch at Brad’s Restaurant where we had a delicious Clam chowder and fish&Chips.

On Saturday we decided to go to Carmel and Monterey and we spend most of the day at the fisherman wharf in Monterey which had a Turkish festival (Food, Music, Dances and souvenirs). We saw a beautiful Sufi performance as well as several Turkish bands playing Turkish music. We had our lunch at Isabella’s which I will recommend only to my enemies, this was the typical tourist restaurant with poor service, crappy food and high prices.

I f you go there, do not try this restaurant.

We finish our trip at San Jose Airport waiting our fly to Seattle. Once the boarding process was complete, the Alaska pilot shared with us some good and bad news, the good news was that they were expecting a tail wind which would reduce the flight time from the standard 2hrs into 1:35 min but the bad news was that they discovered an oil leak in one of the engines and we had to wait until the maintenance guys reviewed the engine to make sure if the leak was because a previous maintenance or a real problem. I do not know why airlines share some information with their customers that is not actionable for us.

San Luis is a nice place to visit, has the perfect mix between history, nightlife, sun and beaches. Try it out …

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