We believe that a Margarita Adventures zipline tour is the ultimate adventure in San Luis Obispo County—but it is definitely not the only one!

Indeed, here in this land of mountains, forests, sand and sea, the call of the great outdoors is unsurpassed. On that note, here are five top San Luis Obispo adventure experiences to help make the most of your visit to our region, in no particular order:

1. Hang Ten with The Van Curaza Surf School

Whether you are an aspiring surfer or a complete newbie, the Van Curaza Surf School has you covered. Founded by veteran local waterman Van Curaza, this surfing outfit provides lessons and camps in Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Morro Bay and Cayucos. Best of all, they guarantee that “every student will stand up during the first lesson.”

2. Go Coastal with Morro Bay Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding is a peaceful yet athletic way to embark on a waterborne adventure—particularly in gentle waters such as those found along the interior of Morro Bay. Morro Bay Stand Up Paddleboarding provides everything you need to give it a try, including paddling lessons and equipment rentals. You can even attend their “Supfari” summer camp this June.

3. Hit The Dunes with Steve’s ATV Rentals

Approximately 20 minutes south of Margarita Adventures, you will encounter the Pismo Dunes, a recreational paradise right on the oceanfront. Here, Steve’s ATV Rentals provides everything you need to enjoy the blood-pumping pastime of riding the dunes on four wheels. They rent ATVs for children and adults alike, and also point the way for you to enjoy a safe adventure on the sand.

4. Hoof It with A Madonna Inn Trail Ride

The iconic Madonna Inn is known for its dazzling décor, famous bakery and much more—but one of its lesser-known gems is the Madonna Inn Trail Ride. In the company of an expert wrangler, you will amble up Madonna Mountain on one of their “gentle and friendly” horses, enjoying a scenic ride with endless views. You can even enjoy a “Ride & Taste” package that finishes with a tasting of fine wine and cheese!

5. Celebrate with Red Anchor Charters

After embarking on one or all of the adventures described above, you might be ready to just kick back and relax. If so, you can’t go wrong with a Red Anchor Charters cruise on the 32-foot Minerva yacht. From a simple hour-long ride to a half- or whole-day outing, you and up to five additional guests can enjoy your own exclusive cruise amid the stunning sights of Morro Bay.

Stayed tuned here at the Margarita Adventures blog for more news and insights into best things to do in San Luis Obispo County.