Pismo Beach, CA

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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 center 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 center, 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 meters) 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 kilometers) 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 Center in Guadalupe, about 16 miles (26 kilometers) 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.

Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
2.5 out of 5
651 Five Cities Dr, Pismo Beach, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $114 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve and Pismo Beach Premium Outlets. Grover Heights Park and Central ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,402 reviews)
"Good breakfest, nice room but lousy internet"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
Cottage Inn By The Sea
Cottage Inn By The Sea
3 out of 5
2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $143 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Motel District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier and Margo Dodd Park. Price Anniversary House and Pismo Beach Premium Outlets ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,262 reviews)
"I wish my ocean front room had a balcony and the parking was horrible way too cluttered in there but I guess I’m just used to being next door at the sea crest"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Cottage Inn By The Sea
Inn at the Pier
Inn at the Pier
4 out of 5
601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $175 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Downtown Pismo Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier, North Beach Campground, and Monarch ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,371 reviews)
"A beautiful stay at a beautiful location"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Inn at the Pier
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.
Room for Everyone, Block from the Beach
Room for Everyone, Block from the Beach
Pismo Beach, CA
Located in Downtown Pismo Beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier, Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, and Price Anniversary House. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (95 reviews)
Perfect Stay!
"This property was clean and decorated so cute! We loved the location and everything about it worked out perfectly for our family. Would highly recommend!"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Room for Everyone, Block from the Beach
Room for Everyone, Block from the Beach
Room for Everyone, Block from the Beach
Pismo Beach, CA
Located in Downtown Pismo Beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier, Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, and Price Anniversary House. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (87 reviews)
"I really liked this property. It was clean and looked just like the pictures. It was walking distance from pismo beach, the pier, shops, and restaurants.It was also not too far from Morro bay& Montana de oro.My family and I enjoyed staying here."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

Room for Everyone, Block from the Beach
1677 Shell Beach Rd - 201
1677 Shell Beach Rd - 201
Pismo Beach, CA
Located in Shell Beach, this condo building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Margo Dodd Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Avila Hot Springs and Pismo Beach Pier. Pirates ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Great location and space, but needs some simple updates.
"Pros: - Good location in Shell Beach. A great coffee shop, and other good restaurants are nearly right out the door. - Beds were comfortable. - Nice furniture/decor - Lots of extra towels/linens. - Easy parking - Kids loved sitting by the gas fireplace - Having an ocean view is a plus Areas to improve: ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

1677 Shell Beach Rd - 201
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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