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Great waves for Boogie Boarding & Surfing :)
Sometimes too windy!
In a nutshell
This is where to go to enjoy the Pacific.
I'm guessing most people who come to Pismo Beach is taking a road trip on the SoCal Coast. If so, depending on what kind of car you already own, I would likely suggest that you rent a car. Why? Because of a few reasons...
1) Get a car that's fuel efficient. We were driving from LA to San Jose and getting a car that has 35 miles to the gallon was super cheap on gas. (Ford Fiesta) -not bad!
2) Less wear and tear on your own car. Some of the roads up the coast are super twisty. The breaks on the rental car were going, but since it was a rental, I wasn't very concerned. It's about 600 miles roundtrip and that's a lot of miles to add to your car in a short time.
3) It's cheap. Avis was about 80 bucks for an entire weekend. If you are a group of 4 people, that's $20 each to rent a car for an entire weekend. Not bad at all!
4) The car gets DIRTY. I'm talking like caked on bugs on the bumper and such. Better to do that with a rental car than your own.
In addition to the above, I recommend you have a portable GPS or an iPad/iPhone with a GPS app. It was the single most useful tool to travel with. Music, GPS, and finding things to see, places to eat are super easy with an iPad.
Written Sep 28, 2011
Acore_Beauty_4_U_Luv Says: The Pismo clam supports an important sport shellfishery. An estimated150,000 people once sought the clams on Pismo Beach, California, during asingle weekend; however, sea otters have depleted the supply there since1981, and as of 1986 there is no fishery.The Pismo clam lives...
Favorite thing: The Pismo area is famous for the thousands of Monarch butterflies that migrate to the area, looking for shelter from the cold northern winters. If you visit Pismo late October to the end of February, you will be treated to the huge butterfly clusters hanging in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The grove may be found along highway 1 at the southern end of Pismo Beach. During the time that the butterflies are in the areas in large numbers there are volunteers who offer daily talks and information at the Butterfly Grove. Ask anyone in town and they can give you directions on how to find the grove. For more information visit www.monarchbutterfly.org
Fondest memory: There are so many things I liked about this area, that it is hard to choose my fondest memory, but I guess it would be our wonderful campsite in the N. Beach section of the state park, flying kites on the beach, our Avila side trip, and eating at Splash.
Updated Apr 27, 2007