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Places – Pismo Beach

Monarch Butterfly Grove
From late October to February each year thousand of Monarch butterflies migrate to this Eucalyptus tree grove to escape the chill of the Northern winters. The grove averages 25,000 butterflies per year and during the migration season there is educational talks and information about the habits of these creatures.

The Pier
Walk along the 1200 ft. long Pismo Beach pier. It is a great place for fishing and watching the local surf scene. Also stroll along the adjacent promenade and sample clam chowder made from local clams, or shop in the many quaint shops.

Coastal Fun
With miles of beautiful coastline the Pismo Beach area offers surfing, ocean swimming, and tide pools. Drive to the end of Grand Ave. in the nearby community of Grover Beach to experience the only beach in California where you can drive vehicles onto. In the evening take in the beautiful sunset and watch the flickering light of the bonfires of beach goers.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
The Amtrak Rail Station at Grand Ave. and Highway 1 offers train service twice a day to San Diego with stops in coastal cities and southern California destinations along the way. It is a relaxing, eco friendly way to visit communities along the California coast while enjoying some fantastic scenery.


Taste of Pismo
Happening each April, the Taste of Pismo is a festival celebrating local food and wine and Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach. The festival features 35 local wineries and 20 local fine restaurants. Events include wine tasting, food sampling, live music, pancake breakfast and much more. Proceeds from the money raised by the event goes to help local charities.

Pismo Beach Clam Festival
Happening in mid-October at the pier, the weekend long clam festival offers food, live entertainment, vendors, wine tasting, parade, clam chowder cook-off, and sand castle competition.

4th of July Celebration
With food, music, and fireworks people come from far and wide to celebrate 4th of July in Pismo. Bring your beach towel and chair and make sure to get to the pier or beach early to find your spot because it fills up quick!