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Contact: John Sorgenfrei, TJA Advertising,, 500 Cypress Street, Suite 11, Pismo Beach, California 93449; (805) 541-6020


LOCATION: Located on the Central Coast of California at the Pacific Ocean, Pismo Beach is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco along Pacific Coast Highway 1 and Highway 101. Bordered by Grover Beach and Avila Beach, it is easily accessible from San Luis Obispo Regional Airport (8.57mi/13.8km); Santa Maria Public Airport (24.76mi/39.8km); and Oceano Community Airport (3.69mi/5.9km). Pismo Beach can be reached by ground or rail transportation from both San Francisco Airport (231.59mi/372.7); Santa Barbara Airport (86.19mi/138.7km); Los Angeles International Airport (177.39mi/138.7km), Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (170.36mi/274.17km); rail service is provided by Amtrak to the Grover Beach Station (1.72mi/2.77km).

SIZE: population: 7,655.

CLIMATE: The city enjoys a year-round mild, balmy, humidity-free climate with refreshing ocean breezes and mostly sunny skies. Winter temperatures average between 53°F (13°C) and 67°F (19.5°C). September through November highs often climb to 80°F (21°C).

COASTLINE: Glistening white sandy beaches stretch for 23 miles (37.1 km) along the scenic Central Coast of California on the Pacific Ocean. The primary beach is Pismo State Beach. The shores of Pismo Beach are excellent for swimming, surfing, kayaking, skim boarding, sand dune-ing, horseback riding and volleyball. The original Pismo Beach Pier was built back in 1881, taking off from a point below the present Main Street, remounts of the original pier can be seen at very low tides. Shortly after 1890, it gave way during a heavy storm; the next pier that replaced the original was built in 1924 and was much longer than it is today. The pier sustained damage several times, but a major storm tore up the south side of the sea wall and about 500 feet off the end of the pier early in its existence and was never put back. After a 1983, a storm washed out most of the wharf and the pier was rebuilt in its present configuration in 1985-86. The pier at Pismo Beach continues to be one of the community's major attractions.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Pismo Beach offers 29 hotels with an expansive array of hotel rooms, ranging from deluxe to budget class and vacation rental homes from quaint beach bungalows to opulent oceanfront villas. Many properties offer beachfront properties and ocean views and all are within walking distance of the beach, the pier, shopping and leisure activities. Low-season rates are available from October through March when accommodations can drop as much as 25 percent.

MEETING FACILITIES: An excellent venue for beachfront meetings, Pismo Beach is noted for its unique venues of affordable oceanfront meeting facilities. Pismo Beach hotels have professional sales staff to help coordinate business meetings, conferences or seminars and are equipped with AV equipment.

AIRPORTS: Many of California’s airports are located within driving distance of Pismo Beach: Los Angeles International Airport is 177.39mi (285.5km); San Luis Obispo Regional Airport is 8.57 miles (13.80km); Santa Maria Public Airport is 24.76mi (39.8km); Oceano Community Airport is 3.69 miles (5.9km); San Francisco Airport is 231.59 miles (372.7km); Santa Barbara Airport is 86.19 miles (138.7km); and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport is 170.36 miles (274.17km.).

POINTS OF INTEREST: Farmers Market: Every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm on the historic Pismo Beach Pier local farmers offer their seasonal produce along with fresh baked goods, olive oil and other artisanal foods.

Oceano Dunes: This 3,600 acre off road area is among the most popular and unique of California State Parks. The 5 ˝ miles of beach open for vehicle use and the 1,500 acres of sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation are attractions for visitors from throughout the United States.

Monarch Butterfly Grove: Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. The grove is easily accessible. It is located on State Highway 1 at the south boundary of the city limits of Pismo Beach.

DINING: Pismo Beach offers cuisine inspired by the fresh, seasonal offerings from local farmers, ranches and wineries. Pismo Beach's restaurants satisfy a wide spectrum of culinary cravings from family style dining to an exotic food experience. Many Pismo Beach restaurants feature coastal seafood dishes as well as casual California-style dining at a great value. Locally grown wine country style cuisine is prepared to pair perfectly with extensive California wine lists and cellar collections.

SHOPPING: Distinct shopping areas are located within a small radius, each with its own character. Downtown Pismo’s oceanfront promenade has an eclectic mix of classic surf & skate shops, vintage clothing shops, designer studios, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, pubs, coffee houses and restaurants. Immediately adjacent to Highway 101, The Pismo Outlet Center has over 40 stores to be explored.

ART GALLERIES/PUBLIC ART: Pismo Beach’s art galleries are located downtown on Cypress and Pomeroy Avenues. Art In the Park is a seasonal outdoor art exhibit from local artists and craftsmen on the 1st Sunday of the month from May through November held at Dinosaur Cave Park off Shell Beach Road.

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION: Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Pismo Beach as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the Official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau, 760 Maddie Road, Pismo Beach, California 93449; call 805-773-7034; or email

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