Pismo BeachPismo Beach (population 8,000) is in San Luis Obispo County in the Central Coast region of California. It is part of the Five Cities Metropolitan Area which also includes Shell Beach (within the northern part of the Pismo Beach city limits), and Grover Beach, Oceano and Arroyo Grande, all to the south and south-east of Pismo Beach.
By carPismo Beach is off Highway 101 south of San Luis Obispo.
By railNearest train station is a quarter mile away in Grover Beach.
By planeThe closest commercial airports are San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. Also nearby is Santa Barbara Airport. The nearest major international airport is Los Angeles International Airport, about 175 miles southeast of Pismo Beach.
By trolleyA free beach trolley runs between Port San Luis, Avila Beach, Shell Beach and Pismo Beach on Saturdays and Sundays. It departs Pismo Beach on the hour every hour from 10AM to 4PM. During the summer, the trolley runs between Thursday through Sunday from 10AM until 6PM.
Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly GroveEach year thousands of beautiful butterflies migrate to stay in Pismo Beach. Between 2010-2014 an average of 25,000 butterflies spent the winter in the grove. Butterflies arrive in the winter months, starting in late October and ending in February. Docents are onsite to answer questions.
Pismo BeachA fun place to go to the beach for all kinds of tourists. They offer beach bike rentals, surf board rentals, and atv rentals for the Pismo Beach dunes.
Pismo Beach Clam FestivalDuring the 1950s Pismo Beach billed itself as the "clam capital of the world", with clams so abundant that they were harvested with plows on the beach. Over-harvesting led to a massive decline, but the town still celebrates its yearly clam festival every year in mid-October. The weekend festival includes live music, a clam dig, clam bake, parade, chowder cook-off, and other festivities.
phone: +1 805 773-4653address: 197 Pomeroy AveWildly famous clam chowder dive, with more awards to their name than Donald Trump has buildings. Burgers, chicken strips, and other assorted staples accompany the world-famous chowder. Perfect lunch spot. Get there early, or get in line.
phone: +1 805-773-4542address: 250 Pomeroy AveLarge family friendly pool hall.
phone: +1 805-709-2297A local tour company that provides scenic and wine tasting tours.
phone: +1 805 773-3511address: 2651 Price St
phone: +1 805 773-4671address: 2555 Price St
address: 2351 Price St93449.
phone: +1 805 773-2665address: 860 4th St
phone: +1 805 773-3773address: 651 Five Cities Dr
phone: +1 805-773-2411address: 2411 Price StreetA family-friendly beachfront hotel, featuring an on-site spa.
phone: +1 805 773-1841address: 230 Five Cities DrAmenities include high quality furnishings, heated swimming pool, complimentary wireless internet access, free deluxe Continental breakfast, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, irons, hair dryers and satellite TV in every room. 100% non-smoking.
SeaCrest Resortphone: +1 805-773-4608address: 2241 Price St
SeaVenture Resort HotelThe SeaVenture offers upscale resort hotel amenities. There SeaVenture Restaurant is on site.
address: 2705 Spyglass Dr93449. Features include heated pool and spa, banquet facilities and a conference room for meetings, the Spyglass Restaurant, a heated ocean view deck, free parking, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet.
- Grover Beach, Oceano and Arroyo Grande to the south and south-east
- Avila Beach - Avila Beach is a small coastal community located seven miles northwest of Pismo Beach that offers a number of quaint inns, spas and resorts. Point San Luis, accessible via a scenic docent-led hike or by trolley, is home to a lighthouse that dates back to 1890 and is the only surviving Prairie Victorian on the West Coast. Visitors looking for relaxation can soak in nearby mineral hot springs or lounge on the sandy beach that gives the town its name.
- San Luis Obispo - 13 miles north of Pismo Beach and almost exactly half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this small college town and its neighboring communities boast extraordinary resources for hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, swimming and surfing, outstanding natural beauty, a carefully preserved and thriving 19th-century downtown centered around a meticulously restored 18th century mission, a small but thriving art gallery scene, and a large and growing collection of top-quality wineries.