Pismo State Beach
Pismo State Beach offers all kinds of attractions: Hiking, swimming, surf fishing, and digging for the famous Pismo clam. There are tree-lined dunes and the beach is popular with bird watchers. The park has the largest over-wintering colony of monarch butterflies in the United States. Be sure to visit Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center at the entrance to Oceano Campground of Pier Ave in Oceano.
- North Beach Campground: Campsite(s) 3, 4, 7, 22, 34, 45, 71, and 84 are accessible, including adjacent water stations. All combination restroom/shower buildings in the campground are generally accessible. Routes of travel are accessible and designated accessible parking is often adjacent to the restrooms.
- Oceano Campground: Campsite(s) 44, 71, and 80 are accessible, including adjacent water stations. Combination restroom/shower building #2, in the RV area, is generally accessible. Toilets are generally accessible and showers are usable. Assistance may be needed reaching shower controls from bench.
- The Coastal Access Trail is a 1.0 mile trail that connects the North Beach Campground to the Grand Ave beach access parking area. This trail provides coastal and sand dune viewing opportunities and provides and accessible trail route connection to the butterfly eucalyptus grove. Accessible parking is provided at the Grand Ave beach parking lot and an accessible space located within the North Beach Campground. Accessible restrooms are located at the Grand Ave beach access area.
- Nature Center: Opened in 2016, the newly remodeled visitor center features interactive, hands-on exhibits about native people, plants, and animals of the area. The visitor center is fully accessible, including parking, routes, and restrooms.
- Butterfly Grove: This educational area is compliant with accessible parking and route located within the North Beach Campground area. Monarch butterflies winter in the local eucalyptus trees. Check park for further information.
- A 300-foot paved "Nature Trail” behind the RV section of the camp passes by a native plant garden and some exhibit panels as it winds to an unmarked fishing spot overlooking the lagoon. The fishing overhang has railings 36” high and some benches. The path is accessible and the fishing site and benches are at least usable.
The beach is located in the town of Oceano off Highway 1.
The weather can change quickly. Layered clothing is recommended.
A trolly service provides access to the surrounding community.
ATV rentals are available within 2 blocks of the park.