Pismo Beach, CA

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Pismo Beach featuring a sunset, views 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 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.

Where to stay in Pismo Beach

Cottage Inn By The Sea
Cottage Inn By The Sea
3 out of 5
2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
The price is $118 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,136 reviews)
Views
"One of our top stays - endless views, thundering waves and no road between you and the ocean."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2241 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
The price is $152 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,116 reviews)
"At first I was disappointed our rooms were not ready until a little after 5 p. However, the staff was beyond accommodating and when I asked for a later checkout time agreed without hesitation. We were also allowed to stay on grounds and use the facility if we chose. The property is beyond beautiful, ..."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
2.5 out of 5
651 Five Cities Dr, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
The price is $135 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,543 reviews)
"Cleaness and nice bar"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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.
Large Studio On the Sand
Large Studio On the Sand
Pismo Beach, CA
Stay at this condo in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (95 reviews)
Beach House
"The location was great! The ocean was right out the front door and it’s Walking distance to most anywhere you’d want to go. Plenty of towels and pillows! Our only complaint really is the furniture- The bed was super loud when just rolling over and not very supportive. My husband slept on the couch ..."

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2022

343 Hinds 2 Bedroom Cabin by Redawning
343 Hinds 2 Bedroom Cabin by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
343 Hinds Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Pismo Beach Pier and Pismo State Beach ...
220 #7 Ocean View Ave 2 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
220 #7 Ocean View Ave 2 Bedroom Condo by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
220 Ocean View Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA, 93449
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Pismo Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Pismo Beach Pier and Price Anniversary ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Location was great."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

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