Shell Beach Dinosaur Caves to Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach, California 93449

Shell Beach Dinosaur Caves to Pismo Beach

Shell Beach Dinosaur Caves to Pismo Beach Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Pismo Beach
Nearby City
1-4 miles
Distance
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
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.
Tidal Information
Offshore wind, surf, rocks, fog, and seal haul outs. Wear a helmet if paddling around rocks and caves.
Hazards/Cautions
Year-round
Season
USGS Port San Luis and Pismo Beach (7.5 minute)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018