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Ocean Activities in Pismo Beach

The Best Way to See the Coast

The beauty of the Central Coast lies within its beautiful days and warm, mild weather. Great memories here are made lounging at the beach, enjoying the sunshine, and discovering the natural surroundings. California has some of the greatest beaches, especially here in Central California, that can be enjoyed for no cost at all! Whether you're interested in packing a beach bag full of games and activities, sunbathing on the sand, or viewing the spectacular wildlife, the Central Coast has the perfect beach for your Pismo Beach vacation.

Pismo Beach & Preserve

Awesome surfing by Pismo Beach pier

Avila Beach

Beautiful waves crashing on Avila Beach Pier

A great place for surfing, lounging, or eating, Pismo Beach has it all.  The immense amount of free activities in Pismo Beach are sure to delight any traveler. The famous 1,370 foot pier is the perfect spot for a relaxing stroll or to lookout into the vast Pacific Ocean. The promenade and downtown area, which sits at the pier entrance, show Pismo's fun and quirky personality through original shops and historic spots. Head down to the beach for a nice dip in the ocean or unwind with some sunbathing for the perfect, and free, addition to your beach adventures. The warmest beach on the Central Coast, Avila Beach has become a favorite for family's and students to play games, barbecue, and swim in the ocean. The epitomy of resort living, this small stretch of beach is a great place to walk through cute beach shops and admire the quaint cottages. The three different piers in Avila are perfect for strolling, fishing, or enjoying the amazing scenery. The oceanfront promenade is easily accessed of Highway 101 and is open everyday at no cost! So grab the family and your beach bag for some amazing views and some even better memories.

Montana de Oro

Amazing ocean view Montana de Oro

Nestled north of Pismo Beach is the amazing Montana de Oro State Park, a secluded string of sandy beaches, coastal plains, and streams. The solitude of this ocean bluffs provides amazing coastal views and beautiful tide pools, all available to the public at no cost. Spooner's Cove, the most popular beach, is a favorite for beach picnics and photo ops. This state park definitely earned the nickname "Mountain of Gold" for its expansive fields of golden wildflowers that bloom each spring. This amazing spot offers many trails for oceanfront beach walks and an escape into nature.

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