By VISIT PISMO BEACH (experiencepismobeach.com)
Classic California Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach is the true Classic California beach town and is famous for its world-famous pier, miles of beautiful white sand beaches, outstanding accommodations and a rich wine region only minutes away.
Many visitors who come to Pismo Beach are now calling it their Wine & Waves destination. With the wine region of Edna Valley only minutes away from downtown Pismo Beach it’s easy to enjoy the beach and wine tasting all in one fun filled day.
It’s the perfect pairing — wine and waves. Three of the local winemaking regions — Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande and Avila Valley — are only 15 to 30 minutes from downtown Pismo Beach. And many of these regions’ vineyards and wineries have received international acclaim.
The wine country experience here maintains a laid-back and refreshing mix of independent boutique wineries and artisanal wineries. Among them are vineyards and artisanal wineries operating under their original names and owned by some of California’s most widely respected producers.
An intimate experience awaits visitors across the area’s tasting rooms, wineries and vineyards. Whether on the vineyard property or at a downtown Pismo Beach wine bar featuring local wines, it’s not uncommon for visitors to find themselves tasting with winemakers themselves.
You’ll find a wide variety of lodging to meet everyone’s needs and budget. Oceanfront hotels with stunning vistas, affordable motels, family-friendly vacation rentals or award-winning RV parks are all available. Pismo Beach is an excellent choice for celebrations, especially weddings with both large and small venues to choose.
There are restaurants with original new cuisines or time-honored menus for everyone to enjoy. Pismo Beach offers an outstanding selection of outdoor activities too. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, surfing, hiking and biking all surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
“Another great way to spend time outdoors when you’re staying in Pismo Beach during the fall is
to take a 15-minute drive to Sea Canyon for apple picking,” says Gordon Jackson with the City of Pismo Beach. “And pumpkin patches so close to the ocean make a great experience.”
Tastes and treasures
If coffee, tea or fruit smoothies are more your cup of joy, several locally owned and operated spots serve up tasty creations throughout Pismo’s carefree, coastal atmosphere.
Spend the first half of any day strolling downtown Pismo Beach and the Pismo Pier with no schedule. Pop into the one-of-a-kind boutiques with crafts, artwork and jewelry from local artisans. Swing by the specialty clothing or surf shops.
Soon you’ll be ready for a late-afternoon siesta at the hotel, with windows open, dozing to the calming sound of gentle waves lapping up on the beach.
Meanwhile, Fido and friends are welcome nearly everywhere. Some shops and restaurants in Pismo even include treats for the pups in their offerings. “A good majority of our hotels are dog friendly,” Jackson says.
Fall favorites that are distinctly Pismo
There’s no “L.A.” in Pismo. Ask anyone who loves Pismo as a place to vacation, live, work and play and they’ll remind you that Pismo has an identity all its own.
Pismo Beach may in some ways compare to Newport Beach or Huntington Beach. But everything here takes place on a more relaxed scale and with an excellent range of things to do just steps from the beach.
“For decades, our annual Clam Festival weekend continues to bring together many unique elements of what Pismo Beach offers visitors in a festive and fun weekend getaway setting,” says Gordon Jackson, Pismo Beach CVB director of tourism & events.
“This year promises from October 20-22th to be just as entertaining, delicious and joyful, and we continue to offer an array of beautiful, comfortable seaside lodgings for visitors to enjoy at their leisure,” he adds.
Environmentally minded travelers from the Bay Area will appreciate that the 2023 Clam Festival kicks off the Pismo Beach Stewardship and Educational Outreach Program, “Sea Change — Be Change.”
A special exhibit area dedicated to the program will feature interactive displays, activities and art emphasizing the Central Coast’s local marine and wildlife, native flora and fauna, and responsible dog- friendly travel. Another exhibit demonstrates the value of pollinators to food supply in this farm-to-table region and still another honors the history of the area’s indigenous people.
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