Top 10 Things to Do in Pismo Beach, CA
From Butterflies to Beaches
Discover the best Pismo Beach, CA attractions and activities conveniently located near our hotels. From watching butterflies flutter about at the Monarch Butterfly Grove to hitting the waves at local beaches, the variety is sure to please any pursuit.
Top 10 Things to Do in Pismo Beach, CA
Monarch Butterfly Grove
An enchanting part of California’s natural history is the Monarch butterfly migration. In Pismo Beach, located right off State Highway 1, you can find a beautiful grove full of Eucalyptus trees inhabited by these fascinating Monarch butterflies. The best time to spot these delicate creatures is January and February and the best place is Pismo Beach.
Oceano Dunes is the perfect site for a range of activities and sights. There is space for recreational activities such as hiking, camping, surf fishing, surfing, swimming and dune buggy rides as well as spotting wildlife. Red-tailed hawks, owls, and many kinds of shorebirds are just some of the fauna on display in this picturesque region. However those interested in clamming need to obtain a license and follow strict local guidelines.
The Beaches of Pismo Beach
Pelicans, Monarch butterflies, seals, sea otters and even whales are some of the creatures reported by observant visitors to Pismo’s beaches. There is plenty of parking, access to the beach and restrooms, making it convenient to take advantage of Pismo Beaches’ beautiful white sand dunes and numerous city parks. Many of the beaches are renowned surf spots as well.
Montana de Oro State Park
Montana de Oro State Park is a hiker, biker and camper haven, boasting secluded sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and trails along streams. The golden wildflowers that bloom in the spring give Montana del Oro its name, meaning "Mountain of Gold." It is not rare to see black-tailed deer and the black oystercatcher during your visit.
Edna Valley Wine Country
Pismo Beach is within reach of classic California wine country including the Edna Valley wineries earning it the label “Your Wine and Waves Destination.” Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne are some of the most successful varieties produced in the region. The nearby Pacific Ocean, just 30 minutes outside of downtown Pismo Beach, significantly influences the climate of the
Lopez Lake Recreation Area
Lopez Lake Recreation Area is a top choice for camping and leisure trips and is located just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande, California. There is something for everyone: camping, fishing, boating, skiing, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, mountain biking, canoeing, bird watching and much more along the lake’s 22 miles of shoreline.
Savor the Central Coast
Every year Sunset magazine puts on a four-day culinary event in the region. There is a two-day main event featuring wine makers, brew masters, celebrity chefs, fishermen, artisanal food producers, Sunset experts, and producers from Ventura to Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo to Monterey to Santa Cruz.
The Pismo Pier is the largest pier in San Luis Obispo County. Walk down the beautiful diamond-shaped platforms to enjoy breathtaking views of Pismo and the coast, watch surfers or throw a line in to fish.
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
The California Polytechnic State University, otherwise known as Cal Poly, is a public university founded in 1901 as a vocational high school. It is one of only two polytechnic universities in the 23-member California State University system and comprises six distinct colleges.
San Luis Obispo Mission
751 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
With its combination of belfry and vestibule the unusual design of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is found nowhere else among the California missions. Named after Saint Louis of Anjou, the bishop of Toulouse, the mission church today is a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey.