Located half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Pismo Beach is a classic California beach town. With more than 20 miles of wide sandy beaches, there are plenty of places to play or get comfortable for a nice afternoon nap. From surfing and swimming, to kayaking and fishing, the surf provides plenty of ways to fill your day. Water temperatures range from the low to upper 50s (Fahrenheit degrees), so bring your wetsuit or plan on renting one when you arrive, if getting wet is in your future.
The biggest of a string of coastal towns in Central California, Pismo Beach is relaxed, with small-town charm. Its location makes exploring along the coast easy. Ride ATVs or take a Hummer tour in the Oceano Sand Dunes, go tidepooling in Cayucos, or visit the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila. Moderate weather makes most outdoor activities possible all year round.
One important key to enjoying Pismo Beach is knowing the dress code—casual layers. Wear or have plenty of layers handy. You can always peel them off if you don’t need them. Summer is the busiest time of year to visit, but if your schedule allows, many locals say fall is their favorite time of year.