While you are naturally thankful for family, friends, and the bounty of a Thanksgiving Day feast, there are plenty of other things to give thanks for in Pismo Beach. Here are 10 of our favorites.
1. The Pismo Pier
No visit to Pismo Beach is complete without a jaunt down the Pismo Pier. This iconic piece of architecture juts into the Pacific Ocean some 1,600 feet. At 27 feet above the low water mark, the Pismo Pier is a popular destination for pier fishing enthusiasts and those who dare to do a little nighttime shark fishing.
2. Splash Café
No matter how much turkey you've eaten, there's always room for a cup of Splash Café's award-winning clam chowder. This popular seafood shack is representative of all that is delicious among Pismo Beach restaurants, with its touch of whimsy and laid-back cool. Supplement your chowder with everything from fish tacos to basic burgers and dogs.
3. Pismo Beach Surfing
Surfing in Pismo Beach is for every water spirit - newbies and veterans alike. With soft waves and wind-blocking hills, the ocean calls to hardcore surfers. Neophytes can tackle surfing lessons and be ushered into a community of water-loving, wave-hugging daredevils and athletes.
4. Oceano Dunes
A 3,600-acre off-road area, the Oceano Dunes is one of the most popular California State Parks. With 5.5 miles of beach welcoming off-road vehicles, the dunes are a huge draw for ATV riders, but surfing, swimming, and horseback riding have their place too in this unique atmosphere.
5. The Butterfly Preserve
You don't have to be a full-on nature lover to appreciate the beauty of hundreds of monarch butterflies gathered together in one place. The Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is home to these remarkable winged creatures over the winter months - this is one amazing sight that is not to be missed.
6. Holiday Lights
Light Up Pismo Beach and the ever-popular Holiday Harmony events have fast become a tradition that takes place on November 30 in downtown Pismo Beach. These celebrations signify the start of the holiday season with a festive tree-lighting ceremony, carolers, a visit from Santa Claus, and plenty of attractions for the kids.
7. Local Wine Tasting
A San Luis Obispo wine tour is a perennial local favorite. No matter your taste in wine, the scenic vistas of the wineries and vineyards alone will be a satisfying adventure while you're in Pismo Beach. Visit the wineries on your own time or take a professional guided tour. Either way, you won't go home empty-handed!
8. Pismo Beach Shopping
For some people, Thanksgiving weekend isn't complete without hitting the stores. Luckily, Pismo Beach is the place to be for holiday shopping. The Pismo Beach Premium Outlets in particular draw a crowd with their Midnight Madness tradition full of special deals and revelers who are energized by shopping in the wee hours.
9. Going Barefoot in the Sand
This is the West Coast, and the weather in Pismo Beach is perfect for taking off your shoes and connecting to the earth by putting those bare feet in the sand. Toss a Frisbee, go for a run, hunt for shells. Enjoy this simple pleasure on Pismo Beach.
10. SeaCrest, the Iconic Pismo Beach Hotel (of course!)
What makes all of these amazing Pismo Beach attractions and experiences worthwhile is having a central location to put your feet up when the busy-ness is done for the day. The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel is an iconic Pismo Beach Hotel that offers direct beach access to those beckoning sands and lapping waves. Book your stay for the holiday or anytime during the winter season and you can enjoy the best that the Central Coast has to offer.