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Tierra Nueva is located in one of the most scenic areas of California. The Central Coast offers a wondrous spectrum of beaches, national forests, mountain lakes and rich agricultural land. Kayaking, surfing, boating, fishing, biking and hiking are but a few of the recreational opportunities.

Just down the street from Tierra Nueva is the area’s best kept secret: The Dunes. Many people think of the Central Coast dunes as exclusively for off-road vehicles, so they dismiss the dunes as unsafe or dirty. But we know that the walkable area of the dunes is expansive, incredibly beautiful, and completely safe from automobiles. The dunes are a great workout for adults and a gorgeous walk. Imagine a sandbox that you can’t see the end of and you can imagine how enjoyable the dunes are for children.

For live theatre close to home we enjoy The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville. Another Oceano attraction is our northern neighbor – Rutiz Farm, a pesticide-free farm where "buying local" really means something.

Pismo Beach, just three miles from Tierra Nueva, is a much sought-after tourist location. While the summer crowds might not sound like an attractive attribute, those of us who love the beach enjoy the activities, the variety of visitors and the fun of local tourist shops. Pismo’s camp grounds are great for visiting campers, and its beaches are a must-see.


San Luis Obispo (SLO, as some locals call it) features a beautiful downtown with shopping and entertainment. The town is home to California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly). Only 20 minutes north on 101, SLO offers a wide array of shops, restaurants, music festivals and is the home of the Performing Arts Center as well as the fun-filled Children’s Museum.

Like wine? Well, we’re in the middle of California’s Central Coast Wine Country! Pull up a chair at one of hundreds of wineries from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles.

Antique-hunting is a favored pastime in the historic village of Arroyo Grande, located just a few miles from Tierra Nueva. Arroyo Grande also boasts The Clark Center for the Performing Arts – check their schedule for performances during your stay!

Santa Maria, 20 minutes south on 101, is the home to the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts where professional theatre is offered year round. Children will enjoy hours of play at Santa Maria’s Discovery Museum.

To the northwest on Highway 1 is Morro Bay with its Embarcadero, featuring art galleries, restaurants and shops facing the 578 foot high Morro Rock. Morro Bay State Park and Estuary are wonderful areas for exploration, kayaking and bird watching.

Montana De Oro State Park is an 8,000 acre park offering visitors a wide variety of outdoor recreation in a spectacular ocean setting. Further north lies the charming yet sophisticated town of Cambria. World renowned Hearst Castle is located just north of San Simeon.

Big Sur is about an hour and a half north and offers beach and redwood forest camping and hiking spots.

San Francisco is 250 miles north and Los Angeles is 190 miles south. We’re also half-way between the towns of Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo.

Transportation: Two airports are closeby in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. A small airstrip for private planes is located in Oceano. Amtrak train service is available from the Grover Beach Station, about 5 minutes from Tierra Nueva.