Pismo Beach

Clas­sic Cal­i­for­nia beach town

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS - BY JILL K. ROBIN­SON

MID­WAY BE­TWEEN San Fran­cisco and Los An­ge­les on Cal­i­for­nia’s Cen­tral Coast, Pismo Beach is so beloved that both North­ern and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dents claim it equally. The pic­ture of an ideal Cal­i­for­nia beach town, com­plete with a sandy strand and wooden pier, is ex­actly what you get with Pismo Beach.

The op­ti­mal begin­ning to a visit here is to take a stroll on the iconic Pismo Beach Prom­e­nade, of­fer­ing panoramic views of the beau­ti­ful coast­line. From here, vis­i­tors can also get a glimpse back at the homes, ho­tels, restau­rants and shops in town. Pause a mo­ment, smell the salt air, and plan your Pismo Beach itin­er­ary.

Wine Coun­try and Cui­sine

It’s easy to add qual­ity wine-tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to your Pismo Beach ex­pe­ri­ence, be­cause the wine­mak­ing re­gions of Edna Val­ley, Ar­royo Grande Val­ley and Avila Val­ley are lo­cated only 10 min­utes out­side of town. In town, many restau­rants in­clude lo­cal wines on their ex­ten­sive wine lists, to be paired with sea­sonal wine coun­try-in­spired cui­sine.

One of the ben­e­fits of Pismo Beach’s Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia lo­ca­tion is its ac­cess to the bounty of land and sea. Taste fresh culi­nary cre­ations at new restau­rants Oys­ter Loft, Flag­ship and Mat­tie’s Bay & Eatery, while you can still get fa­vorite dishes at tried-and-true Lido, Marisol, Splash Café and Yanagi Sushi & Grill.

Pismo’s Great Out­doors

Beaches serve as Pismo Beach’s front yard. It doesn’t mat­ter whether you’re an in­trepid ad­ven­turer or a lover of leisure—the sandy shores along the Pa­cific Coast are avail­able for nearly any level of adren­a­line or re­lax­ation. Sports en­thu­si­asts can find plenty to do, whether their fa­vorite pas­time is golf, fish­ing, surf­ing, kayak­ing, kite­board­ing or horse­back rid­ing. Ro­man­tics en­joy lin­ger­ing on the beach to watch the sun­set, sea ot­ters, and mi­grat­ing whales. And a visit to the grounds of the cliff­side Chap­man Es­tate al­lows beau­ti­ful coastal views.

With six state beaches, two na­ture pre­serves and three state parks within a 30-minute drive of town, Pismo Beach is a trea­sure for out­door ad­ven­tur­ers. Dis­cover the best on land by foot or bike, while your top op­tions for wa­ter ex­cur­sions are kayak, surf­board and stand-up pad­dle board.

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