A Few of My Favorite Pismo Beach Treasures

Another day, another gorgeous coastal town. Pismo Beach is the essential tourist beach town on the Central Coast.

No matter how "toursity" Pismo is, it's still one of my favorite places to go to. My summer vacations were spent in Pismo, day trips spent in Pismo... So now, I'm going to share with you my favorite things about Pismo.

One | The Beach

If you're going to go to Pismo, you'll have to enjoy the beach. Walk it, stake out a spot.. whatever you do, spend the day at the beach! Soak up the sun!

My favorite beach activity is collecting seashells. Depending on the time of day you may find a lot of seashells, or you may find very little. If you find a whole clam that is shut, attempt to save the little guy by throwing him back into the ocean - it's against the law in California to take whole, unopened clams from the beach.

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Two | Camping

Camping is the best way to enjoy your stay in Pismo. North Beach Campground is my favorite campground {I learned how to ride my bike there}. Most of the campgrounds are not a far walk from the beach. Easy access to the beach, what could be better?

North Beach also has a monarch butterfly cove. It's so gorgeous to see the butterflies fluttering around or hanging out on the the branches. Look closely, because when they aren't flying, they look like leaves on a branch. The best time to see the butterflies are November through February. Even if it's not butterfly season, the cove is a great place to take a walk.

Three | The Pier

Don't feel like walking on the beach? Take a walk along the Pier. You'll get great views of the beach and ocean. You can observe fisherman trying to bait a fish from the pier or surfers trying to catch that perfect wave.

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Four | The Caves

This is a little known fact, but if you walk to the end of the beach (to the right of the pier), you'll discover caves. Depending on what the tide is like, you'll be able to discover quite a few. The last time I visited, I was only able to go inside one of the caves. The caves aren't very deep, so you won't get lost in them. However, it is cool to investigate.

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Five | The Food

There are so many local eateries to stop by when you're in Pismo. Be sure to grab a cinnamon roll from Old West Cinnamon Rolls - they have the best cinnamon rolls on the planet. Hoagies and Brad's are located near the Pier and are both fantastic. One place that is constantly busy, but has the best clam chowder in Pismo is The Splash Café. If you're looking for ice cream in Pismo, stop by The Scoop! It's a small ice cream store with the best ice cream!

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Six | Painted Clams

Throughout Pismo there are clam statues. During the holidays, the clams are painted. They become turkeys, pumpkins, snowmen, a flag for 4th of July and much more! Once the holiday is over they are painted to the original beige color.


Have you been to Pismo Beach? What are your favorite things about Pismo?