This California City Will Pay You $100 to Visit This Winter

Pacific coast view. Shell Beach in Pismo Beach township (San Luis Obispo county).
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Why pay for a warm winter getaway when the getaway can pay you?

The California central coast city of San Luis Obispo will be paying its first 500 winter tourists $100 just to come and visit.

In order to cash in, so to speak, potential visitors must book a two-night stay in any San Luis Obispo hotel through the city’s official website. Once you book, email your confirmation to and you’ll receive a promotion confirmation number.

After you check into your hotel, bring your confirmation number, proof of your booking, and your hotel room key to the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

Then all you have to do is open your wallet and stow your cash.

Keep in mind, this offer is only valid to the first 500 people who send their reservation to the email address above. It’s unclear whether the deal is being offered per person or per party. Sadly, if you don’t get a confirmation number, you won’t get in on the deal. The offer is only being given to visitors for the winter season, between Jan. 1 and March 31, with blackout dates of Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 and 17.

But all tourists, whether they cash in on the deal or not, can enjoy the unique sights of San Luis Obispo — a great stop along that bucket list Highway 1 road trip. The city has quite a few places to see, including an 18th-century Spanish mission, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, lots of trails at Bishop Peak, shopping and dining in downtown SLO, and the famous Bubblegum Alley – a 70-foot pedestrian walkway that’s filled with an estimated 2 million pieces of chewed bubble gum.

For more information about the deal and about the city, visit the San Luis Obispo vacations website.

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