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Pismo State Beach

Pismo State Beach Review

One of the busiest state beaches in the county, Pismo offers a slew of activities along the 17-mile western edges of Oceano, Grover Beach, and Pismo Beach. Hike, surf, golf, ride horses, swim, fish in a lagoon or off the pier, and dig for Pismo clams. From November through late February, one of the nation's largest colonies of monarch butterflies rests in a grove of eucalyptus and Monterey pine trees (Hwy. 1, 3 miles north of Pier Ave.) Entrances to day use parking areas are off Hwy. 1 (milepost 8) and at Pier Ave. in the south. Facilities: food and drink; lifeguards (seasonal); parking (fee); showers; toilets; water sports. Best For: sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 555 Pier Ave., Oceano, CA 93445
  • Phone: 805/489–1869
  • Cost: Day use $5 per vehicle if parking at the beach
  • Hours: Day use 6 am–11 pm
  • Website:
  • Location: Pismo Beach
Updated: 05-21-2013

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