Guadalupe is a hidden gem of a small town destination on the coast. It is known for its Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, home to a diverse assortment of endangered flora and fauna. Nearby is the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, the only beach on the Central Coast where off-road and 4×4 vehicles can be driven. If you enjoy Mexican food, Guadalupe offers absolutely authentic and delicious cuisine. Oso Flaco lake (meaning “Skinny Bear”) provides a boardwalk trail through this lush area of untarnished beauty and wildlife in its element. Come out and cruise the dunes, watch the birds and animals, and grab a bite to eat. You won’t be disappointed.

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The Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Center is a tiny natural history museum with BIG plans!

By Donna Polizzi Doug Jenzen, the Executive Director of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, received a call from community leader Susan Righetti, to share her plan to donate the Historic Far Western Tavern building. The building will become the home of the new Dunes Center. This call was the catalyst to rolling out the plans for…

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Nature Walk at Oso Flaco Lake – San Luis Obispo County, CA

 By Donna Polizzi Keys 2 the Coast has discovered another hidden gem to visit on the California Central Coast. The type of place that thrills you to see that we have protected, preserves and let us see nature at its finest? Visiting Oso Flaco Lake State Park in San Luis Obispo County is a must;…

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Guadalupe Native Garden in Santa Maria Valley

 By Donna Polizzi  Did you know the little town of Guadalupe, nestled in the western Santa Maria Valley has a native garden? This adorable little patch of California natives will give you a new-found interest in Botany. With its informational message board containing the “Plant of the Month” every month, and plant labels attached to…

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Historic Masatani Market in Guadalupe, Ca

Pacific Coast Highway, CA Hwy 1, runs right through downtown Guadalupe, CA  in Santa Barbara County. The downtown area makes you feel like you’re going back in time. Guadalupe was established in 1840 and incorporated on August 3, 1946.  The small city is home to only 7100 residents.  It is a well-known destination for fantastic…

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Discovering Hidden Gems in Guadalupe , Ca

If you are looking for a day trip that is unlike any other, head to Guadalupe, California. Guadalupe is a city of roughly 7,500 people, 10 miles east of Santa Maria in Northern Santa Barbara County. Guadalupe is known as the “Gateway to the Dunes, ” and this town is the opposite of a big…

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