Things to do in Pismo Beach, California

Things to do in Pismo Beach California

My husband’s birthday is fast approaching and we want to celebrate it out of town.  For many years he has been celebrating it in Morro Bay California.

We’ve been hoping that we could go to the same place but all RV parks in Morro Bay area are fully booked until the end of the year.  So, one thing to keep in mind when visiting the central coast is to book 2-3 months ahead of time.  This didn’t give us any reason not to experience the coast once again. We got lucky and found a spot near Morro Bay – Pismo Beach.

Pismo is a city in San Luis Obispo County and is famous for it’s sand dunes and is also known as the Clam Capital of the world.

Pismo Coast Village RV Resort was our home for the weekend.  When we arrived, the staff at the reception was very accommodating.  We had a nice space for our RV with well-maintained grass.

This park is not only for adults, there are a lot of fun things that would interest the kids as well; arcade, basketball, table tennis, mini merry-go-round and several playgrounds.

It is also a very pet-friendly park.  Poop-bags are available in every corner.  If you’re in need of toilet paper or any general items, they have regular mini-mart that also offers RV supplies.  They are open daily at 7 AM.

They have a heated pool to 82 degrees and is open daily at 8 am to 10 pm.  Laps swimming can be done at 8 am – 10 am.  Adult Supervision is a-must for children under 14 years of age.

Need to do some laundry?  The park has their own well- maintained washers and dryers.  Believe it or not, they also have a full-service restaurant with happy hour.  The Pismo coast Village RV Park is really a home away from home.  For either Camping or Glamping, their services are outstanding.  Furthermore, the best experience for me in this campground is to witness sunset.

They have a direct beach access where people can do a lot of walking or just watch the sunset.  We stayed for 3 nights and we enjoyed our time there.  We only wished that we had more time to take a dip into the pool.. but we’ll definitely going back…

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Here are some of the activities we had while staying at Pismo Beach!



Located at Port San Luis in Avila Beach, FAT CATS Café is a must-stop.  It is a charming place.  They have seating inside or outside with big windows for the guests to feel a nice ocean breeze.

Food is always delicious with nice daily specials.  Give yourself an extra time, there’s usually a little wait to get in.  The waitstaff are friendly and prompt.

The ambiance is too cute and you can lookout to the bay.  The very nice sunshine makes you want to go down and walk the shore, which we did.


Rock in Roll Diner

A time-warp dining experience that will take you back to the 50’s and 60’s.  A little history about the place:  The two train cars were last used by “Amtrak” and bought at an auction.

Original “dining” car on the south, built in 1946 by the Pullman Standard Car Company.  On the northside is the original “lounge car” built in 1947 by Budd Car Company.  This car once rolled on the famed “Orange Blossom Special” passenger train from New York to Miami.

The same “Orange Blossom Special” that Johnny Cash recorded a famous song about.

Rock in Roll diner serves american food with Greek recipes from the owner’s “Mama Vera’s Kitchen” and his culinary studies.

It is a fun place with nostalgic decor!  The music adds to a more time-warp ambiance.  My family did enjoy the place and the food.  It was American with Mediterranean options. I had a falafel omelet and it was amazing.  The staff was really friendly.  When they seated us, they gave us the “lounge car”  in which you can dine with larger group and in a family-friendly area.

Avila Valley Barn – Pumpkin Patch

It is the time of the year which you hear the autumn leaves crunching under your feet.  The time of the year which the color celebrates the festivity of fall season and you can experience all of this at Avila Valley Barn.  Fun for all ages.  October is a perfect month of the year to enjoy pickin’ your favorite pumpkin and carve it at home.  They also have hay rides, different farm animals like pigs, cow, ponies and funny-looking chickens.  I traveled through my first Corn maze and like a kid, it made me scared a bit at first but I told my husband not to leave me or I’ll be mad.  Haha but I did enjoy it. Furthermore, be impressed with numerous varieties of pumpkins and gourds of different shapes, colors, sizes and prices.  The place is also perfect for a photo-shoot.  So, wear your best fall outfit and get your camera ready with this “fall-iffic” setting.  After the stroll, taking photos and petting animals, their tasteful delicacies are available at the shop.  We bought candies and tried their home-crafted fudge flavor ice cream which were really good.  Admission is free and is open from 9 AM – 6 PM.

Sand Dunes and more!

Situated at the south of Oceano, Pismo dunes or Oceano dunes highlights a more adventure get-away by the coast.  They have a $5 entrance fee good for a day.  It is the only beach in California that vehicles may be driven on the beach.  Off highway vehicles like quads, dirt bikes and four-wheel drive vehicles are a few of the daring activities you can do here.  You can as well do dry camping here and you can refer to Off-highway Motor Vehicle Recreation for more information on camping by the dunes.

Pismo shopping

The good thing about the Pismo Coast Village is that it is close to Downtown Pismo shopping which is just walking distance.  We shopped at the downtown stores and really enjoyed Pancho’s Surf Shop, a Pismo landmark.  They have pretty hats, sandals and beach dresses that you will love.  Feel the breeze at the famous Pismo Pier and dine at the restaurants close by.


This weekend was a blast.  With all the fun activities, I can always say it is best to experience these things with the people you love.

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