Pismo State Beach has very few violent crimes, but at times there are thefts of private property. It is recommended that you do not leave valuables in your car out in plain view, and that you always lock your car. If you are camping, be sure to stow valuables and lock bikes when away from your campsite. If you see any suspicious activities, report what you saw to a park ranger.
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Beach and Swimming Hazards
There are no lifeguards on the beach, so be careful when swimming or wading, as water conditions can be dangerous due to rip currents and heavy surf.
The word Pismo comes from the Chumash Indian word meaning tar. Sometimes tar like deposits wash up on the beach from the natural offshore oil seepages. The Indians used this tar to waterproof their baskets and calulk the insides of their canoes. If there are any deposits while you are visiting, they look just like black tar, and feel like tar. Do not walk in these patches when you see them, as they are hard to remove from shoes and bare feet. There were none on Pismo while we were there, but I accidentally stepped in some at another California beach. I found that cooking oil worked well to remove it from the bottom of my wading shoes.