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Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.

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Description - This State Beach lies on the Central California coastline and encompasses 1,050 acres of beach, dunes and forest. Visitors to Pismo State Beach have a myriad of recreation opportunities from which to choose.

Attractions - This State Beach lies on the Central California coastline and encompasses 1,050 acres of beach, dunes and forest. The park is well known for the masses of migrating Monarch butterflies that pass through the park from November through February. (A temporary exhibit and tours are available for visitors in January and February.) On the beaches lie the famous Pismo clam beds. A culinary delight, these mollusks are available for some effort, as they lie several inches below the sand surface. Some regulations do apply to clamming at Pismo Beach. Additional facilities at this State Beach include picnic areas, a campground, restrooms, a fishing pier and hiking trails.

Recreation - Visitors to Pismo State Beach have a myriad of recreation opportunities from which to choose. The facilities are open for camping, hiking, beachcombing, surfing, swimming, fishing, kayaking (or small water craft use), picnicking and wildlife viewing.

Climate - The Climate of the Central Coast varies greatly. At Pismo State Beach you can expect moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Visiting during the late summer or fall ensures the best conditions for viewing scenery. Occasional clear days between winter and spring storms do occur. Throughout the state of California most precipitation occurs in the winter months as rain. The months from April through October are usually very dry.

Location - Pismo State Beach is located west of the Central Coast town of Oceano. It can be accessed off California Highway 1.

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Filed By: Briana
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've been going to Pismo Beach for two years.It was the best summer vacation I have ever had! My family and I enjoyed so many things! But our favorite was the hummer rides in the dunes! We loved it so much we went twice in two days.The water was perfect to boggy board in,and the shops and the pier was so much fun for a relaxing day! We stayed at a campground located right on the beach,so my brother and sister and I would walk down on the beach every morning and collect shells! If you want to have a nice family vaction I truly think you should go to Pismo!

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The butterfly grove is absolutely magical.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Camping areas are just inland, behind the dunes.

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Contact Information:
San Luis Obispo Coast District Headquarters, 3220 South Higuera St, Suite 311 , San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, Phone: 805-549-3312, Fax: 805-541-4799

Additional Information:
California Beaches -
Central Coast State Parks and Beaches - The Central Coast Region, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, features the Big Sur Coast and Hearst Castle as well as numerous state park sites.

California State Parks - Official agency website.
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com


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