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Pismo Beach Pier

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.


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Inn at the Pier $167
Inn at the Pier

Inn at the Pier

601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Monarch Butterfly Grove and Pismo Beach Pier. North Beach Campground and Price Anniversary House are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grover Beach Station is 30 minutes by foot.

    SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel $149
    SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

    SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

    2241 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Motel District hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pismo Beach Pier and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and California Polytechnic State University are also within 16 mi (25 km).

      Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach $172
      Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach

      Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach

      100 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Avila Hot Springs and Avila Beach Golf Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km). Grover Beach Station is 29 minutes by foot.

        Oxford Suites Pismo Beach $105
        Oxford Suites Pismo Beach

        Oxford Suites Pismo Beach

        651 Five Cities Dr, Pismo Beach, CA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Pismo Beach Pier. Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Grover Heights Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grover Beach Station is 27 minutes by foot.

          Ocean Palms Motel $89
          Ocean Palms Motel

          Ocean Palms Motel

          390 Ocean View Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Pismo Beach Pier. Monarch Butterfly Grove and Price Anniversary House are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grover Beach Station is 30 minutes by foot.

            Edgewater Inn And Suites $120
            Edgewater Inn And Suites

            Edgewater Inn And Suites

            280 Wadsworth Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Offering direct access to the beach, this Downtown motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Pismo Beach Pier. North Beach Campground and Pismo Beach Golf Course are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Cottage Inn By The Sea $143
              Cottage Inn By The Sea

              Cottage Inn By The Sea

              2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Motel District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Margo Dodd Park and Pismo Beach Pier. Price Anniversary House and Pismo Beach Prime Outlets are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Pismo Beachwalker Inn & Suites $65
                Pismo Beachwalker Inn & Suites

                Pismo Beachwalker Inn & Suites

                490 Dolliver Street, Pismo Beach, CA
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Pismo Beach Pier. Monarch Butterfly Grove and North Beach Campground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Grover Beach Station is 29 minutes by foot.