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Pismo State Beach, Oceano

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Beach Nature / Park
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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  • Love the Sand and the Dunes, Great place to go swimming and watch surfers. Walk the Beach and enjoy the waves  more »
  • nice, clean fun, shopping, eateries, benches, walking paths,swing set on the beach, yes really, parking free, some take chg. lots to do near by. down the way you can drive your car on the beach, bon f...  more »
  • We came in May when it was cool and breezy, so we mostly had the Doggy Friendly beaches to ourselves.  more »

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