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Pismo State Beach, Oceano

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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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  • As I recall, there were multiple entry points to the beach along the section where most of the hotels are spread. So one could park near a hotel and probably find an access point to the beach along th...  more »
  • We usually stay at pismo sands r.v.park when in town, however, we decided to make reservations here at the state campground. Well maintained little park (oceano loop). The weather right now has put a ...  more »
  • Beautiful beach. Allows dogs but they must be on a leash. The scene is beautiful with greenery inland and California sycamore trees. The waves are beautiful, big, and strong and the sound of them roll...  more »