Parking in SLO County is not particularly difficult, though certain areas do get crowded with visitors and during events.
Free on-street and lot parking is available in most areas except downtown San Luis Obispo, which has credit card and coin meters as well as pay garages.
Most areas have time restrictions, so read the signs, and most prohibit overnight camping or parking for longer than 72 hours.
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Parking downtown is most scarce during the weekly Thursday evening Farmers’ Market, which closes down Higuera Street and side streets extending to Marsh Street from 5:30-9 p.m.
Other times, finding on-street parking can be hit or miss, though there’s usually room in the three parking garages.
842 Palm St., between Chorro and Morro streets
919 Palm St., between Morro and Osos streets
871 Marsh St., between Chorro and Morro streets.
The garages are free for the first 60 minutes and 75 cents per hour beyond that, with a daily maximum of $7.50.
There are multiple area with metered parking, at the rate of $1.50 per hour.
2 hour credit card and coin metered parking lots are located at:
736 Marsh Street 847 Palm Street
2 hour cash key and coin metered parking lots are located at:
860 Pacific Street (Bottom level of Marsh Street Parking Structure)
640 Higuera St
10 hour coin, cash key or pemit metered parking lots are located at:
680 Monterey Street
630 Palm Street
699 Monterey Street
There are two lots of East Branch Street in the Village, one on the north side and one on the south side off Olohan Alley. There is another lot at Wesley Street and Larchmont Drive.
There is a public lot at the old city off East Mall.
There are three public lots:
The “Beach Lot,” at the intersection of West Grand Avenue and Highway 1, provides beach access.
South side of Grand Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets.
North side of Grand Avenue behind the post office between Ninth and 10th streets.
To avoid the parking-scarce Embarcadero shopping and restaurant area, try these lots as alternatives:
Market and Pacific streets
Morro Rock dirt lot
The city has several lots and street parking near the waterfront, all are paid parking.
The pier lot between Pomeroy Street and Hinds Avenue
The oceanfront lot at Addie Street off Cypress Street.
Dolliver Parking between Pismo and Main streets.
Pomeroy Parking Lot between Dolliver and Price streets
Street parking on Pomeroy from Dolliver to Pier Lot; Cypress from Pomeroy to Hinds; Hinds from Pier Lot to Dolliver