The Central Coast Sights

Pismo State Beach

  • 555 Pier Ave. Map It
  • Oceano
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 05/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Hike, surf, ride horses, swim, fish in a lagoon or off the pier, and dig for Pismo clams at this busy state beach. One of the day-use parking areas is off Highway 1 near the Monarch Butterfly Grove, where from November through February monarch butterflies nest in eucalyptus and Monterey pines. The other parking area is about 1½ miles south at Pier Avenue. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards (seasonal); parking (fee); showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.

Sight Information


555 Pier Ave., off Hwy. 1, 3 miles south of downtown Pismo Beach, Oceano, California, 93445, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Day use $5 per vehicle if parking at the beach
  • Day use 6 am–11 pm

Updated 05/18/2015


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