Destination Pismo Beach, California

The city of Pismo Beach (located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco off US-Highway 101) is a classic Central Coast beach town with 26 miles of Pacific coastline, inviting white sandy beaches, rich nature preserves, ideal weather conditions, famous clam chowder, world-class surf, and a fun downtown business district. Visit the California Welcome Center and shop at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets or head downtown to discover local stores, surf shops, and seafood restaurants near the Pismo Pier. Stay active in the Pismo Beach area with activities like hiking, golfing, ATV sand dune adventures, horseback riding, surfing, body boarding, fishing and much more! Let’s take a quick look some reasons Pismo Beach may be the number one travel destination on the Central Coast.


Take your pick from a variety of RV parks or book your stay at any one of the many hotels, vacation rentals or oceanfront resorts near the boardwalk.

Sea Garden Motel, Quality Inn, Pismo Lighthouse Suites, SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Beachcomber Inn, Ocean Palms Motel, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Dolphin Cove Motel, Palomar Inn, Cottage Inn by the Sea, Beach House Inn, Vespera on Ocean, Pismo Beach Hotel, Spyglass Inn, Shore Cliff Hotel, Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach, Beachwalker Inn, Sea Gypsy Motel, Kon Tiki Inn, Inn at the Cove, Inn at the Pier, Motel 6, SeaVenture Beach Hotel, Shell Beach Inn, Edgewater Inn & Suites, Motel 6 Pismo Beach, Oxford Suites, The Cliffs Hotel and Spa, Tides Oceanview Inn & Cottages, Blue Seal Inn


Relax in the comfort of your RV at one of two fully equipped RV Parks that boast the most spectacular ocean vistas in all of California’s Central Coast.

Holiday RV Park

Holiday RV Park offers 195 Spaces, Full Hook-ups, Heated Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Restrooms, Pets Allowed on Leashes, Hot Showers, Cable TV, WiFi, Summer and Winter Rates Available.

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort offers 400 Spaces, Full Hook-Ups with Picnic Tables and Fire Rings, Up to 6 Persons per Space, General Store, Heated Swimming Pool, Clubhouse, Restrooms/Showers, Laundromat, Video Arcade, Bike Rentals, Mini-Golf, Satellite TV, etc.


North Beach Campground

North Beach Campground offers 103 campsites (no hook-ups), pay showers, dump station, restrooms, and a fire ring. Pets are allowed on a leash and they offer a senior citizens discount.


FESTIVALS The Clam Festival, Music Festivals, Car Shows, Wine Events, and Holiday celebrations are just a few of the many special events you can attend while visiting Pismo Beach. For More Information on the Pismo Beach Events Calendar visit: www.experiencepismobeach.com/things-to-do/events



Experience the thousands of Monarch Butterflies that make their home in the eucalyptus trees of Pismo’s Monarch Butterfly Grove each winter. www.experiencepismobeach.com/beach-and-outdoors/monarch-butterflies


Pismo State Beach activities include hiking, surfing, swimming, bird watching and digging for the famous Pismo clams. You can even chase butterflies – this park has the largest overwintering colony of Monarchs in the US (805) 473-7220 www.parks.ca.gov


The 1,200-foot Pismo Beach Pier is a major-fishing attraction. For serious recreation, try kayaking, surfing, or scuba diving. For a more relaxed afternoon, consider a walk on the pier and then head to the downtown area for some shopping.


The Dinosaur Caves Park is located at the corner of Cliff Street and Shell Beach Road in nearby Shell Beach. Join families, dog lovers, and joggers while you explore the cooler weather, grassy lawns, playground & walking trails of this fun-filled oceanfront bluff-top-11-acre park. The trails offer great views of the ocean and caves below. The Park itself features a large play area for kids that includes a gentle dinosaur, three blue-speckled dinosaur eggs, two concrete dolphins, three playful seals, a ship playground (The USS Imagination), a tire swing and tot swing. Amenities include a wedding location area overlooking the ocean, a grass reception area, an amphitheater, restroom, and off-street parking.


Thousands flock to the Oceano Dunes State Recreational Park to camp along the ocean in tents and RV’s every week. You can rent and ride dune buggies and ATVs on the beach and enjoy riding for the entire afternoon at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. There is a small cost per vehicle to drive on the beach.


Avila Beach Golf Resort (Avila), BlackLake Golf Course (Nipomo), Cypress Ridge (Arroyo Grande), Monarch Dunes (Nipomo), Pismo State Beach Golf Course (Grover Beach) are all excellent golfing choices if you’re staying near the Pismo Beach area.


Pismo Beach offers some of the best Shopping on the Central Coast. Explore quaint downtown arts and crafts stores, and casual California surf shops near the historic pier or hit the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets for as many as 40 premium retail outlets to choose from.

Ashties Beach Shack on Pomeroy in Pismo Beach is a gift, souvenir and clothing shop for the whole family. There’s an assortment of trendy beach clothes, swimsuits (perfect since it’s just up from the beach), sandals (dressy and flip flops) and loads of fun sparkly baubles. Come on in and see for yourself what Ashties has for you! 240 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, (805) 295-5055

The Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery in Pismo is a showcase of Thomas Kinkade’s famous works both classic and new. Ask to see his lesser-known pieces as well. Experience the many beautiful styles of artwork by Kinkade. 500 Cypress St., Pismo Beach (805) 773-9424

Seaside Gallery offers fine art in the heart of Pismo Beach. Showcasing original paintings at affordable prices, sculpture and giclée art by local and globally-acclaimed artists presented for sale in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Daily 10 am – 5 pm , Sunday 11 am – 5 pm 580 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, www.facebook.com/Seaside.Gallery.Pismo (805) 773-8057

Shop more for less at The Pismo Premium Outlets. Shop outlet fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Nike, Vans, & more. Visit premiumoutlets.com/outlet/pismo-beach/ for more information.


Cal Coastal Properties

Cal Coastal Properties is a professional Real Estate firm that seeks to positively impact the lives of friends, families, and neighbors through every Real Estate transaction. Their clients receive the highest level of professionalism, commitment, service, and loyalty from their highly knowledgeable team. (805) 242-6202 242 El Dorado Way, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Placer Title Company

Placer Title Co is also dedicated to the real estate industry and is committed to giving exceptional service to their clientele. They are a full-service escrow and title insurance company with 5 branch offices in SLO County. 1401 Dolliver St. #103 Pismo Beach. (805) 556-6980


Beach Bum Holiday Rentals (354 Main St suite a, Pismo Beach, CA 93449)
Valentina Suites (371 Pismo Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA 93449)
Pismo On The Beach Vacation Rentals (117 Ocean Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA 93449)
Addie Vacation Townhomes (PO BOX 3114, Pismo Beach, CA 93448)
Pismo Property Management (1390 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449)
California Vacation Rentals (Pismo Beach, CA 93449)
Treasures Vacation Rentals (350 Harloe Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449)
Coastal Vacation Rentals (330 Main Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449)


HotShots Family Entertainment Center

HotShots Billiards and Family Entertainment offers some of the best fish and chips in town. All ages, open late offering 14 pool tables, air hockey, arcade games and 30 beers on tap! Try handmade pizza or fresh-ground burgers. Located just one block from the beach. 250 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach, www.hotshotspismo.com (805) 773-4542

Brad’s Restaurant

Brad’s Restaurant is known for its award-winning clam chowder, best tri-trip sandwiches in SLO County, BBQ Buffalo Clams. Dine inside or on the patio. 1 Block from the ocean, 209 Pomeroy, Downtown Pismo Beach, (805) 773-6165

Cracked Crab

Cracked Crab serves the finest seafood available, in a most casual style. Located 751 Price St, Pismo Beach, opened Sunday-Thursday 11 am – 9 pm CrackedCrab.com, (805) 773-CRAB

Splash Café

The Splash Cafe is very popular among locals. Expect to see a line out the door for clam chowder in a bread bowl at this popular spot. Pismo Beach is called the “Clam Capital of the World,” so don’t leave without experiencing a bowl. 197 Pomeroy, Pismo Beach, splashcafe.com (805) 773-4653


Ada’s Fish House, Blonde Restaurant & Bar, Brooks Burgers, Chipwrecked, Chop Street, Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Cool Cat Café, Del’s Pizzeria, Denny’s, DePalo & Sons, El Mirador, F McLintocks Saloon & Dining House, Flagship, Gino’s Pizza, Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana, Giuseppe’s Pizza Express, Golden Donut, Hoagie’s Sandwiches & Grill, Honeymoon Café, House Of The Rising Buns, Huckleberry’s, The Rooftop, Jack in the Box, Kanpai Sushi, Lido at Dolphin Bay, Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant, Marisal at the Cliffs, McDonalds, Mei’s Chinese Restaurant, Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ, Old West Cinnamon Rolls, Oyster Loft, Papi’s Grill, Pennys All American Café, Pismo Brewing Company, Pismo Fish & Chips, Pismo Yogurt, Pizmo Café, Puffer’s of Pismo, Rosa’s Ristorante Italiano, Sans Liege, Scoop Ice Cream Parlor, Scotty’s Bar and Grill, Sea Venture Beach Hotel & Restaurant, Sheila’s Sweet Treats, Shell Beach Brewhouse, Spyglass Inn Restaurant, Starbucks, Steaming Bean, Subway Downtown, Subway Pismo Coast Shopping Center, Surfside Donuts, Sushi Kokku, Taco Bell, Tastes of the Valleys, Thai-Talay, The Boardroom Surf Pub, Ventana Grill, Wooly’s Beach Bar and Grill, WOW Yanagi Sushi, Yanagi Sushi, Zorro’s Café & Cantina


Enjoy downtown wine tasting from the neighboring wine-producing regions of Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Avila Valley, Paso Robles, and Santa Maria Valley. Sans Liege Wines, Taste of the Valleys, Monarch Grove Winery Tasting Room (Grover Beach)


Enjoy an ice-cold beer at several locations in Pismo Beach. Here are a few local favorites. Pismo Brewing Company, Shell Beach Brewhouse, The Boardroom Surf Pub


We hope this article has piqued your interest in Pismo Beach for your next travel destination. Call to confirm business hours and availability of businesses, attractions, and events before you visit. And please be sure to designate a driver if you plan to consume alcohol.



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