Subject: San Luis Obispo, CA vicinity

We are taking Amtrak from Oakland to San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara looks like we'd have to spend 200$ or so to get a decent accommodation. I've looked at Pismo Beach and Cambria so far as other possibilities. We will be with our 2 daughters ages 5 and 8. Wine tasting sounds great but with the kids we are thinking of just hanging on the beach and walking to town for dinner. So we are thinking we would like a laid back sun, sand and surf break so renting a car and exploring even seems too ambitious. I don't mind spending 200$ a night but that would be a max and we would want it to be the top end of the lodging and not just the average. Also, if we went to Pismo Beach we would take a taxi would I am told is about 20$. Not a problem. Please, I need an eye from a local guy (or gal).

Thanks, Mary from landlocked Missouri