Go Classic California in Pismo Beach

Exit Highway 101, kick off your shoes, and step into classic California.

Published: 6/15/2015

Exit Highway 101, kick off your shoes, and step into classic California. In the heart of California’s Central Coast, Pismo Beach is a charming beachside town where wines and waves meet.

Overlooking miles of pristine Pacific Ocean coastline, Pismo Beach has something for everyone—even your dog! Are you looking for a romantic getaway, a summer vacation with your family, a relaxing weekend, or a fun-filled adventure with your friends? No matter the kind of vacation, Pismo Beach has what you’re looking for, with a variety of places to stay and a range of fun and affordable things to do. There are two fully equipped RV parks, a campground, luxurious vacation rentals and seaside resorts, and budget-friendly hotels and motels—many of which are pet-friendly. In fact, Pismo Beach is recognized as one of the most dog-friendly places in the United States.

Many Pismo Beach hotels offer special vacation packages with offerings such as wine tasting, romantic sunset dining, couples massages, surfing lessons, kids beach toys, and, of course—a special dog menu and dog-walking service for your four-legged friend.

On a romantic getaway? Start your visit with a stroll to the end of Pismo Beach Pier. From there, walk a few blocks into town to Tastes of the Valleys, Sans Liege Tasting Room, or Vino Versato for a glass of local wine. If you’d rather go for a drive, follow the winding valley roads to any of two dozen wineries within 10 minutes of the beach. Take a bottle back to your hotel to enjoy after your couples massage. Book a sunset horseback ride on the beach followed by dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

If you’re taking a girls’ or a guys’ weekend, make it one you’ll never forget with sky-diving, a kite-boarding lesson, or an afternoon on rental ATVs at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. Break out the fishing poles, fly a kite, set up the tent, enjoy the sunset, and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean just feet away. Wake up early the next day and head to one of the many golf courses located just minutes from Pismo Beach, or cruise downtown for some shopping and wine tasting.

Pismo Beach is all about families. There are plenty of great local cafés serving family-friendly breakfasts. Fuel up and then rent kayaks or SUPs for an all-family day on the beach. Sign the kids up for surf lessons and watch them catch their first waves. Take a family hike on one of the area’s numerous scenic hiking and biking trails, go apple picking, and, if it’s between October and February, visit the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove to see this fascinating migratory butterfly.

Pismo Beach is a great home base for your stay in San Luis Obispo County. The laid-back, classic California vibe, sunny shores, waves, and world-class wines sink into your skin. Come discover why Pismo Beach is the perfect California wine and waves destination.
For more information, visit classiccalifornia.com

As seen in the issue Summer/Fall 2015 of Touring & Tasting Magazine.