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Pismo State Beach, Oceano
(4.2/5 based on 75 reviews on the web)
Pismo State Beach is a beach on the Pacific coast of California. It is approximately 17 miles long and fronts the towns of Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, and Oceano in San Luis Obispo County, California. It is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.The area includes beach and dunes.Recreational UsesThe beach offers many attractions such as camping, hiking, swimming, surfing, fishing, and is home to the famous Pismo clam. It is a popular place to bird watch and is the largest over-wintering colony of monarch butterflies in the U.S.Animal and Plant LifeThe beach is home to many forms of marine life, such as abalone, anemones, crabs, kelp, and sea urchins. Several types of birds also live at the beach, such as the brown pelican, great blue heron, ivory gull, and other species.A large monarch butterfly population winters over at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. It is popular to view the monarch migration from October to February. Docents provide guided tours.
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  • Six year old and I had a great time finding sand dollars. Vehicles are allowed on the beach here and you need to be aware of them. The waves are a bit rough and the water cold for swimming but there a...  more »
  • Great beach to walk and find sand dollars. You can walk a long distance down this beach and it's a great place to watch the sunset. Fun energy at sunset. People bring their chairs and build bonfires a...  more »
  • We were staying in Santa Maria and drove down to Pismo. What a find. We sat on the beach and within minutes we saw otters dolphin and on the horizon (half mile off shore) we could see Humpbacks lunge ...  more »