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Pismo Beach Pier
Vacation Travel Guide

Watch whales from the benches that flank this long pier offering unobstructed vistas of the ocean and the hilly environs.

Pismo Beach Pier is an extended wooden platform that runs from the heart of its eponymous stretch of sand. It offers spectacular views of the undulating terrain that makes up the Pismo Preserve. Breathe in the salty air and feel the spray from the ocean waves as you stand at the end of the pier.

Stroll leisurely along the pier’s wooden planks and enjoy the panoramic views surrounding you. Watch surfers and other water sports enthusiasts in the ocean near the flanks of the quay.

The pier has many benches in prime viewing spots. Wait for a glimpse of whales and dolphins that make occasional appearances year-round. Capture photos of the picturesque green, hilly terrain west of the pier. On the eastern side, a sandy strait stretches beyond the horizon.

Purchase gifts, snacks and refreshments from the souvenir shop on the pier. The store also rents out rods for fishing. Try it yourself or watch the fishermen patiently awaiting their catch. No license is required for fishing from the pier.

Climb down the steps at the beginning of the pier to reach the sandy surface of Pismo Beach. This regional behemoth of a beach covers an area of 60 acres (24 hectares). Sunbathe on a pleasant summer day and lay down a blanket for a picnic. Have lunch at one of the many cafés at the back of the beach.

Stay for sunset and watch from the pier as the sky’s hues darken. This is also an ideal spot to watch Fourth of July fireworks. Bring a jacket and layers to cope with occasional strong winds.

Pismo Beach Pier is in the heart of its namesake area 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Cayucos in Southern California. Drive south from Morro Bay to reach the beach and its pier within about 30 minutes. Park your car in one of the spaces on the adjacent street. Nearby towns include Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.

Top Hotels Close to Pismo Beach Pier

Inn at the Pier
Inn at the Pier
4 out of 5
601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $202 per night from May 2 to May 3

Located in Downtown Pismo Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of North Beach Campground, Pismo Beach Pier, and Monarch ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,365 reviews)

"Property is very close to Pismo beach and great restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Inn at the Pier
Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach
Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach
3 out of 5
100 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $191 per night from May 2 to May 3

Located in Downtown Pismo Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Avila Hot ...

4.3/5Excellent! (935 reviews)

"This is a hotel I’ve stayed at several times. I like that I can walk to restaurants, a coffee shop, and the beach without having to drive. But if I need to drive, parking is provided for free (just supply the license plate at check-in). Some things have changed since my last stay due to Covid, but ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach
Cottage Inn By The Sea
Cottage Inn By The Sea
3 out of 5
2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $172 per night from May 2 to May 3

Located in Motel District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Margo Dodd Park and Pismo Beach Pier. Monarch Butterfly Grove is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,202 reviews)

"I love that it had a fireplace in the room so pretty"…"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Cottage Inn By The Sea
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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Reviews of Pismo Beach Pier

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3/5 - Okay

Nicole

May 20, 2020

There were so many people there. Parking was terrible.

3/5 - Okay

Grace

Nov 13, 2019

Dirty

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 29, 2019

Fun shopping and an assortment of places to eat.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 9, 2019

Wanted to walk the pier but a huge sign stated NO DOGS and my 2 little ones were with me

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2019

Very crowded area on Sunday Parking a problem

4/5 - Good

s

Jan 26, 2019

walking on the Pier at Pismo or shopping close to the Pier is great fun, just remember to take plenty of quarters to feed their parking meters.

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Best Lodging Options Near Pismo Beach Pier

Inn at the Pier
Inn at the Pier
4 out of 5
601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $202 per night from May 2 to May 3
Inn at the Pier
Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach
Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach
3 out of 5
100 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $191 per night from May 2 to May 3
Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach
Cottage Inn By The Sea
Cottage Inn By The Sea
3 out of 5
2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $172 per night from May 2 to May 3
Cottage Inn By The Sea
Vespera on Ocean, Autograph Collection
Vespera on Ocean, Autograph Collection
4 out of 5
147 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $314 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Vespera on Ocean, Autograph Collection
Edgewater Inn And Suites
Edgewater Inn And Suites
2 out of 5
280 Wadsworth Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $108 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15
Edgewater Inn And Suites
SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2241 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $199 per night from May 2 to May 3
SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
Shore Cliff Hotel
Shore Cliff Hotel
3 out of 5
2555 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $179 per night from May 12 to May 13
Shore Cliff Hotel
Dolphin Cove Motel
Dolphin Cove Motel
2 out of 5
170 Main Street, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $129 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16
Dolphin Cove Motel
Ocean Palms Motel
Ocean Palms Motel
2.5 out of 5
390 Ocean View Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $89 per night from Apr 13 to Apr 14
Ocean Palms Motel
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