Get to Know the Beaches of Pismo Beach


Pismo Beach Beaches


All beaches are not created equal, but the sands of Pismo Beach are spectacular in their own unique ways. Whether your passion is surfing, off-roading, or just finding the best place to construct a sandcastle, Pismo Beach has the sand and surf to match.




Veer Off the Beaten Sand



Oceano Dunes got its name for a reason - the sand dune area is recognized as one of the finest coastal dunes remaining in California, expertly crafted by Mother Nature. One of the most unique California State Parks, Oceano Dunes offers 3,600 acres for off-roading recreation, making it a popular destination for the most adventurous outdoorsy folks who consider their ATV a second vehicle.

If your speed is a little tamer, passenger cars are easily driven on the northern portion of the beach so you can still get to wherever you want to go. Heading to the off-highway vehicle use area? Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. You'll find wide ranges of temperatures depending on the season, so layered clothing is encouraged whether you're horseback riding or swimming.

Light Up the Sand in Pismo Beach

Oceano Dunes is one of the area beaches allowing bonfires, as does Avila Beach in designated fire rings. Missing the pyromaniac gene? Get in touch with experts who can set up bonfires for you - in fact, they can put together an entire beach experience, accompanying your flames with teepees or Moroccan cabanas, whatever your taste and budget.

Bring the Fam to Pismo Beach

A 60-acre regional beach, pier and promenade, Pismo Beach at the Pier is the go-to destination for locals and visitors alike. A family-friendly area, there are enough activities to keep everyone happy, toddler or teen, from boogie boarding to riding on the swings, from surfing to crafting sandcastles. There are volleyball courts, children's play equipment, benches, drinking fountains, sand showers, and public restrooms, so that any day out at the beach will be convenient and easily managed.

Pismo Pier itself is a hot spot for people-watching, relaxing, digging into some tasty eats, fishing, or strolling, while explorers will be lured in by the northern end of Pismo Beach, which houses mighty caves for exploring.

There's No Beach Like Home

Pismo Beach is a wide open stretch of beach, the ideal place for walking and beachcombing. What better place to rest your head after a busy day in the sand and surf than at the iconic Pismo Beach hotel with direct access to this area? The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel is a family-friendly, couple-friendly, single-friendly, pet-friendly destination. So whether you're living it up on the beach or lounging on the SeaCrest RoofTop Terrace, the Central Coast is always the right place to be.