Pismo Beach is a fun vacation spot on the scenic California Central Coast. The laid-back beach town makes a great base for exploring other nearby towns as well.

Walking the long Pismo Pier is one of the most popular things to do in Pismo Beach. Enjoy expansive ocean views and look back at the coastline. Watch for marine life!

The Oceano Dunes just south of Pismo Beach are a great place to explore. You can drive on the sand at the State Vehicular Recreation Area. 

In winter, stop by the Monarch Butterfly Grove to see the overwintering butterflies. You will generally see them between late October and February.

The Dinosaur Caves Park is a great place to stroll by the ocean and look for marine life and birds. There is a playground if you are traveling with kids.

Pismo Beach is a wonderful destination for water activities. Go surfing or take a lesson, or go sea kayaking with a guide to explore sea caves.

Just north of Pismo Beach, Avila Beach is another small beach town to enjoy, with a pier, beaches, and activities on land and water. 

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