Located along California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway, on the southern Central Coast, Pismo Beach could be the perfect surf town.
Unassuming and laid-back, rich with retro charm and full of active adventure, Pismo Beach is quintessential coastal California. Here are eight reasons to check out Pismo Beach:
1. The Surf
This is the backbone of Pismo Beach—and anyone can do it, thanks to a vast shore-break that has areas for both newbies and advanced shredders. There are seven surf shops in town—or rent a board and wetsuit right at the pier. (SUP and sea-kayaking are also popular.)
Beach cruisers were built for Pismo. Rental shops are found on just about every block—expect to pay less than $10 per hour for a classic single-speed cruiser. Then take to the sands—that’s what these bikes were meant for. (For real cycle-touring, more regional options abound—including wine-tours by bike!)
Bring Fido. Pismo Beach is a pup-friendly location, which for many Pet Parents, is reason enough to come. Sunrise dog-jogs on expansive Pismo State Beach? Sounds good to us.
You don’t need a licence to sportfish from Pismo Pier. And onsite, affordable equipment rentals make angling for red snapper or lingcod fun and easy. Bonus—stay at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa and cook your catch in an in-suite kitchenette, served alongside fresh greens from the Pismo Beach Farmers Market.
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Do we really need to elaborate? There are 24 premium wineries within a 30-minute drive of the beach, and three tasting rooms downtown. Central California is the largest wine producing region in the state—noted for quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
7. The Coast
Yes, the waves are amazing. But 400-hectare Pismo State Beach is an idyllic getaway for all tastes—take a surfboard or just a good book. At its south end, Oceano Dunes SRVA is a nine-kilometre stretch of shifting, golden sands that draws in ATV'ers—as well as those searching for quieter pursuits (outside of the motorized zone), like horseback riding, bird-watching and swimming. Campsite on location.
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