Walk around town and you might wonder about the local obsession with clam chowder. Every restaurant seems to have won an award at some time or another for the best bowl of the stuff. The clams you'll eat around town nowadays are not caught in Pismo, most likely....
At one time, a lot of clamming was done locally, but today clams on the beach here are fewer and farther between. This photo gives you the current policies on clamming.
Boogie Boarding on the Pismo Beach waves.
Just lay on your board, paddle out into the surf...and ride the waves back in. It is a blast :) Boogie Board
Wet suit (suggested)
Water-proof Sun block for face
Farmers Market in San Luis Obispo
To reach San Luis Obispo , you will take a lovely drive up into the mountains along hwy 227. This is a very nice town, with many stores and restaurants in the down town area. Every Thursday night from 6 – 9 the town closes a number of blocks for their Farmer’s Market. The flyer we read about it said that blocks 800 and 900 in the downtown section were closed, but when we went, there were two additional blocks closed off. This is the largest Farmers Market in the area. Locals told us to arrive an hour early to obtain a reasonably close parking spot. The market is set up along Higuera Street, where you can find booths by area restaurants, along with items from bakeries and farms, such fresh flowers, fruits, nuts, honey, vegetables, and herbs. We arrived at 5:00 and walked around town, purchasing some books in the bookstore. We then ate our dinner on the street. I had barbecued pork ribs and a baked potato with sour cream and chives. My husband had a shredded pork barbecue sandwich with cole slaw. His was strange, however, the cole slaw was on top of the barbecue IN the sandwich bun. He couldn’t even pick it up and eat it like a sandwich. Mine, however, was quite good. For dessert we purchased delicious euclairs at one of the booths along the street. We purchased tomatoes and Satsuma mandarin oranges, which were delicious, and small and easy to peel. We also purchased four fruits that were a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine, which were sweet and wonderful, and a large bag of fresh salad greens.
Avila Beach Wildlife Viewing
One of the things I really enjoyed about the Port San Luis Pier in Avila was viewing the seabirds and mammals. Standing on one of the roofless fish market walls was a brown pelican. (See photo 2.) The lady running the counter stood sat near-by. I had a feeling this pelican was use to getting discarded fish and fish pieces from the market, as he paid no attention to us. As I gazed out across the water I saw a sea otter diving for his dinner. He came up with a nice tasty mollusk. A seagull that had been keeping an eye on him wanted the meal also. The otter, did not guard his catch very well, but floated around on his back with the mollusk on his chest. This was a mistake, with a quick flutter of wings, the seagull made a meal of the otter’s catch instead. (See photos 4 and 5 for later pictures of this story.) I then spotted a number of sea lions swimming along side the pier. They were interested in us, and would come right up to the pier and stare at us. (See photo 3.) I bet that they received some tasty meals from fisherman along the dock, and were hoping for a hand out.
For a short video of sea lions checking us out as we walked along the pier, check out my Avila Beach Sea Lions video.
Charming Central Coast Beach Town
Pismo Beach is a small town right off of highway 101. The town line the coastline and provide for some spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean; Especially, at sunset. One of the best sunset I've ever seen.