Adventure for the Soul
There’s just something about Pismo Beach. Captivating many a heart, the city’s character simultaneously tugs at the soul and spirit. To the naked eye, Pismo Beach may seem a traditional beach town laden with surf shops and touristy stores. To those in the know, that laid-back beachy vibe is a lacy veil providing a glimpse of the gems waiting to be discovered.
Unlike much of the Central Coast’s craggy coastline, Pismo Beach is an expansive, sandy beach, its waves beckoning surfers. Eager novices and pros alike, surfboards tucked under their arms, stand at the water’s edge early on a foggy morning or a late afternoon golden sunset, assessing the swells and tides. They’re not the only ones. While surf shacks may seem a dime a dozen here, kayaks and paddle boards call out to the arguably more adventurous mortals who may find themselves eye-to-eye with majestic whales or perhaps channel their inner-Indiana Jones as they dare to navigate rock formation archways jetting out of the water, giving way to mysterious caves. For those sports enthusiasts preferring to take in the ocean action from dry land, grab a spot on the newly renovated Pismo Beach Pier--just maybe you’ll catch a playful moment with an otter or sea lion.
Do your sea legs need a rest? Solid ground more your thing? How about a hike? Formed by the Land Conservancy, the Pismo Preserve is a stunning 880-acre nature preserve free to the public. Pure serenity, oak woodlands, and stunning Pacific Ocean panoramic views await. With 11 miles of unpaved, winding trails, hikers may share a path with mountain bikers or equestrians, depending on the trail. Dogs on leash are also welcome. The Pismo Preserve is open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. For more information, please visit lcslo.org or call (805) 544-9096.
Those seeking a more relaxed experience are in for a treat from late October through February when thousands of Monarch Butterflies descend upon the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. Year after year, at least 10,000 of these beautiful black-and-orange butterflies migrate here, seeking respite in the massive Eucalyptus trees as they escape the chilly temperatures up north. For a sneak peek, the State Park staff created an educational Monarch Butterfly video on their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/oceandunesdistrictcastateparks. Contact the city for more information at (805) 556-7397 or PBCity@pismobeach.org.
If you consider shopping exhilarating (okay, let’s say an art form), look no further than the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets. With something for everyone, a few of the 40 stores include the Coach Outlet, Levi’s Outlet Store, Kate Spade New York Outlet, NIKE Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Skechers, and the Vans Outlet. For any questions, call (805) 773-4661.
If you deem shopping an alluring pursuit, then we need to indulge our senses and talk food. Any foodie will passionately proclaim that food is an adventure. While Pismo Beach is brimming with well-regarded restaurants, the city is home to one iconic eatery that simply cannot be missed. There’s a reason that throngs of people line the streets as they wait their turn for freshly baked treats at the bustling family-owned and operated Old West Cinnamon Rolls bakery. With Intoxicatingly sweet aromas wafting down the street, it’s almost unfair to innocent passersby--the cinnamon rolls are that good. Visit the bakery online at https://oldwestcinnamonrolls.com or call (805) 773-1428.
Infused with salty sea air, Pismo Beach blends amusement and adrenalin, from family fun to romance. With its chic restaurants, wineries, and one-of-a-kind shops, this vibrant seaside town is so much more than just a pretty face. So, what’s your adventure?