Pismo Beach

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Pismo Beach featuring general coastal views, a sunset and tropical scenes
Pismo Beach evokes old-world California with its rugged coastal scenery and its emphasis on outdoor living.

Fish from the pier, hike over sand dunes or enjoy the watersports on offer you’ll find that most activities at Pismo Beach centre around the sun, sand and waves.

To see the main stretches of the coastline, take advantage of the free Avila Beach Trolley. This seasonal service operates a roundtrip from Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, a shopping centre, to Port San Luis, stopping at beaches in between. Hop off the trolley and hit the sand to sunbathe, surf or swim. Kite flying and kite boarding are also popular in this area, because of the prevalent Pacific Ocean breeze.

If you visit between late October and February, be sure to check out the migrating Monarch butterflies. Every year, tens of thousands of them fly to Pismo Beach seeking respite from the colder weather further north. The colony can be found on the branches of eucalyptus and Monterey pines in the Monarch Butterfly Grove, located just half a mile (800 metres) south of Pismo Beach.

South of the township, hikers and thrill seekers have plenty of opportunities for fun at the towering sand dunes of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex. This natural landmark is 18 miles (29 kilometres) long and contains dunes that stand hundreds of feet above sea level.

Go on a hike and discover the flora and fauna, such as the California red-legged frog and the California tiger salamander. Visit the Interpretative Centre in Guadalupe, about 16 miles (26 kilometres) from Pismo Beach, for information on the area.

If you prefer things a bit faster, get behind the wheel of a rented quad, dirt-bike or four-wheel drive and speed around the sand drifts of the Oceano State Vehicular Recreation Area, one of the only areas in California where it is legal to drive on the beach. There are ATV rental agencies in the town of Oceano.

Pismo Beach is approximately halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The main street, Price Street, is just a short walk from the Pacific Ocean, and has many restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops.

Where to stay in Pismo Beach

Inn at the Pier
Inn at the Pier
4 out of 5
601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
The price is RM576 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
RM576
per night
13 Feb - 14 Feb
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Pismo Beach. Enjoy a beach locale, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,280 reviews)
"Renovations ongoing, they started early and could be heard."

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2023

Inn at the Pier
SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2241 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
The price is RM635 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
RM635
per night
13 Feb - 14 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,159 reviews)
"It feels like resort. Very nice & friendly staff. Full breakfast options. Very nice."

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2023

SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
Shore Cliff Hotel
Shore Cliff Hotel
3 out of 5
2555 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
The price is RM635 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
RM635
per night
13 Feb - 14 Feb
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,047 reviews)
"Hotel was amazing! It’s a little over a mile walk to the pier but beach is right there. Staff was friendly. Definitely will stay here when we go back."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2023

Shore Cliff Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Valentina #501 2 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
Valentina #501 2 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
371 Pismo Avenue #501, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and barbecues. Popular attractions Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar & Shop and Sans Liege ...
Valentina #501 2 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
210 Casa Bella 2 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
210 Casa Bella 2 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
4 out of 5
691 Price Street #210, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
Stay at this 4-star condo in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Sans Liege Wines and Tastes of the Valleys ...
210 Casa Bella 2 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
203 Cortez 3 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
203 Cortez 3 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
3 out of 5
160 Hinds Ave #203, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
Stay at this 3-star condo in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Pismo Beach Pier and Pismo Beach Surf ...
203 Cortez 3 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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