Things to Do in Pismo Beach, California

Things to Do in Pismo Beach, California
Located along the central coast of California, Pismo Beach lays claim as "Classic California." Offering panoramic views of the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline and an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, this quintessential California beach community attracts thousands of visitors each year. Featuring captivating sandy beaches and diverse geography, visitors can spend days taking in ocean breezes and digging their toes into the sand.

Price Historical Park

Established by John Michael Price in 1893 and once called Rancho del Pismo, Price Historical Park is where the town of Pismo began. This preserved ranch features the original Price Anniversary House, the old windmill, remaining stones from the stone corral, the Ortega-Price Tri-Gable Adobes and Sa' Pismu replica village visitors can spend an entire day rediscovering the history of this great ranch and hiking the trails. Regularly scheduled tours of the historical buildings are available May through October. Visitors can schedule a special tour during the off-season by appointment.

Price Historical Park
100 Rancho Pismo Drive
Pismo Beach, California
(805) 773-4854

Pismo Pier

A trip to Pismo Beach is not complete until you have strolled the 1200 feet of Pismo Pier.
Visitors can take in the scenic views of the cliffsides and rolling hills while watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. The pier is also a great place to take your first surf lesson.

Pismo Pier
195 Pomeroy Ave
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-1397

Monarch Butterfly Grove

From mid-October to February thousands of Monarch butterflies seek refuge from the freezing northern winters in the town of Pismo. One of the largest colonies in the nation, Pismo has been host to an average of 25,000 butterflies over the past five years.

During Monarch season docent-led walks are available through the butterfly grove at 11am and 2pm, weather permitting. The Monarch Butterfly Grove is located in the southern end of Pismo just off Highway 1. Parking inside the North Beach Campground is free.

Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce
(800) 443-7778.

Sea Kayaking

Pismo and Shell Beach offer an opportunity for sea kayaking enthusiasts to explore spectacular caves, cliffs and coves. Kayakers have a chance of spotting bottle-nosed dolphins, sea lions and many other creatures of the sea. Kayak tours and rentals are available through a number of outfitters located near the Pismo Pier and along the coastline in Shell Beach.

Clamming for Pismo Clams

Pismo clams can grow up to seven inches if left unharvested. If you are willing to get wet, and slimy, clamming for the highly sought after delicacies is an experience in itself. Clamming is permitted year-round and a saltwater fishing license is necessary before hitting the beach. Each clam must be 4 ½ inches and there is a limit of ten clams per day for each person.

Licenses are available at Longs Drugs and Gotta Go Fish'n in Pismo Beach.

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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