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Pismo Beach lies in the heart of San Luis Obispo County. Its sandy beaches and relaxed atmosphere are what gives this wonderful bay its unique Californian charm.

The Pismo clam used to be regularly farmed here, giving the city the name "Clam Capitol of the World", however, because of over-farming the Pismo clam is now endangered. Its pier, renovated in the mid 1980s still juts out along acres of sandy shores, and is the perfect location for a romantic stroll in the sunset.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Pismo Beach

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Pismo Beach, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Pismo Beach

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Pismo Beach. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Cliffs Resort

      The Cliffs Resort

      Medium

      As the name suggests, the Cliffs Resort sits atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just north of the small town of Pismo and almost halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    • Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach

      Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

      First Class

      Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is ideal for romantic sojourns or family stays. With 62 spacious one and two bedroom villas, guests have all the comforts of home amidst the elegance of a resort.

    • Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel, Pismo Beach

      Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel

      Medium

      A short distance away from award-winning golf courses, wineries and the undulating Oceano Dunes, the SeaCrest sits atop an oceanfront bluff in five acres of grounds, with direct access to the white sands of the beach below.