Shell Beach Dinosaur Caves to Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach, California

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If you live on the south Central Coast and don’t want to bother with the long drive to Mendocino, the Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach is a handy alternative. With a launch site that’s easy to access and a generally protected shoreline, this mini-Mendo features the opportunity for SLO-county paddlers to sample a brief slice of sea-caving heaven within a mile of the launch. On calm days, even novice paddlers can safely explore the alluring recesses of a number of tunnels and caves.
Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

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Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

by Roger Schumann (Falcon Guides)

If you live on the south Central Coast and don’t want to bother with the long drive to Mendocino, the Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach is a handy alternative.

With a launch site that’s easy to access and a generally protected shoreline, this mini-Mendo features the opportunity for SLO-county paddlers to sample a brief slice of sea-caving heaven within a mile of the launch. On calm days, even novice paddlers can safely explore the alluring recesses of a number of tunnels and caves.

© 2013 Roger Schumann /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Pismo Beach
Distance: 1-4 miles
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Tidal Information: Extreme lows make the launch beach rocky, but there is a channel through the reef; extreme high tides may cover some beaches, especially if the swell is up.
Hazards/Cautions: Offshore wind, surf, rocks, fog, and seal haul outs. Wear a helmet if paddling around rocks and caves.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Port San Luis and Pismo Beach (7.5 minute)
Driving Directions: Directions to Shell Beach Dinosaur Caves to Pismo Beach

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