Pismo Beach Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 83%Family Travelers
- 68%Budget Travelers
- 66%Adventure Travelers
- 51%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Local Culture
Member Reviews (38)
- Pismo BeachOct 19, 2013
Where Hwy 1 and Hwy 101 collide on California's Central Coast, this retro beach town is a great escape. (It's also where James Dean used to hide out for an afternoon tryst in one of the motels by the pier.) Take a sunset walk along the sands of the state beach, then head uphill for a glass of wine at Taste of the Valleys wine bar before ordering a seafood feast at the Cracked Crab.
- Pismo BeachMay 06, 2013
One of my favorite not-so-little beach towns. Close to wine country and adjacent coastal towns, making it easy to hop around via the 1 and the 101. It's pretty 'touristy' in some areas, particularly down by the pier. This may feel a little cliche and generic to some. There are however shops and cafes that have excellent food and wares, proving that not all tourist towns are mediocre.
- Pismo BeachMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Dec 26, 2012
Great place to vacation and see the beauty of the central coast of California. This are has the most hotels and restaurants in the central coast, so it's the most accessible if you're looking to travel to the area. You can use this as your home base and visit Hearst Castle, wine country, San Luis Obispo and Big Sur. Plenty of surf and even sand dunes that you can drive ATVs on. Great family place too.
- Pismo BeachAug 08, 2012
My FAVORITE CA vacation spot for sure! If you have a free weekend, whether your'e in norcal or socal, this is the place to be! If you have a big group consider getting a beach house, the price is ridiculously reasonable in the off season! Must dos: Splash Cafe, ATV-ing (girls too!!), Mo's BBQ, Cracked Crab, Hot springs. Essentially there's something for everybody and if you're for some reason not into adventure or eating, there's always a relaxing walk down the gorgeous beaches and cliffs!
- Pismo BeachJul 05, 2012
I think I mostly hung out around The Dunes with my Yamaha XT550, back in the day. If you ever ride your bike on the dunes watch out for low flying hyper quads, with screaming motors that propel them around at 150+ mph. I recommend against hi-speed fly overs ... sometimes it can lead to a head on with someone else.
The beach was quiet at night and was 420 friendly ... mostly cool people hanging around in the summer. Back then we slept in sleeping bags in the bed of the truck but check local regs to see if things have changed since 1970.
- Pismo BeachMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Jul 05, 2012
I stopped by Pismo Beach on a road trip up to SF from LA. I'm glad that I did as the clam chowder and the beautiful beach & pier provided a refreshing break from the asphalt road.
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