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Pismo Beach is a city on California's Central Coast. It's known for its many
beaches. The Monarch Butterfly Grove shelters monarch butterflies that migrate
to Pismo State Beach in the cooler months.
: The town is located on California central coast along 101 Highways.
1: We visit Pismo many times and at all seasons, this is not only summertime
2: the town itself can be very crowded at holidays or weekends so be prepared. Book
hotels in advance.
3: if you are planning on ATV ride try to book it in advance.
thoughts: We really like this town, long walks along the beaches, wonderful
sunsets and good nightlife.
beach is classic California tourist beach town, go down to the 1200-foot Pismo
pier and take a leisurely long walk on the beach. You can go south for many
miles, to the north the open beach ends at the cliffs section in less than a
southern edge of town, Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes are popular places to
visit. A habitat for thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies each year
Special Vehicle Recreation Areas operated by the state, allowing for the unique
opportunity to drive ATVs and off-road and private vehicles onto the sandy beach.
Dunes and beach car access:
for miles along the coastline south of downtown, Pismo State Beach offers a wide
variety of seaside activity.
State Beach is also the only beach in California where visitors can drive onto
the beach with off-road and personal vehicles.
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area allows motorized vehicles to
explore the abundant shore and sand dunes.
visitors are renting ATVs or dune buggies and drive the sprawling sand dunes.
This unique SVRA status makes Oceano Dunes a very popular place, especially on
campgrounds are available for tents and RVs at Pismo State Beach.
Monarch Butterfly Grove:
north end of Pismo State Beach, the Monarch Butterfly Grove is an
essential stop during annual monarch butterfly migrations. Between November and
February, tens of thousands of monarch butterflies descend upon this natural
shelter from cool ocean winds and literally overtake the branches of the
surrounding eucalyptus and pine trees.
eucalyptus trees and may butterflies during a specific season
Avila Beach (north of
Beach is located just off Highway 101 on California’s central coast north of
Pismo Beach. Beach town located in small bay oceanfront, the town center has many
restaurants and shopping opportunities, just above the sandy beach below.
Beach has its own uniquely sunny and warm microclimate, long beaches and a pier,
the one in front of the main beach is open and you can fish from the pier.
keep driving Avila Beach drive all the way to it end, 1 mile west at Harford
Pier, there are few beaches along the way.
Pirates Cove beach:
to reach Pirates Cove beach, from Avila Beach drive take Cave Landing Road
going uphill and park in the dirt parking lot at the end.
the path leading south, take right and will reach Smugglers Cave after few hundred
feet. To the beach take the left trail, go down the wooden steps and proceed to
the years it’s become a local’s favorite and clothing optional beach.
note that this beach has no restrooms, lifeguards, or facilities.
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