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Pismo Beach Pier

Watch whales from the benches that flank this long pier offering unobstructed vistas of the ocean and the hilly environs.

Pismo Beach Pier is an extended wooden platform that runs from the heart of its eponymous stretch of sand. It offers spectacular views of the undulating terrain that makes up the Pismo Preserve. Breathe in the salty air and feel the spray from the ocean waves as you stand at the end of the pier.

Stroll leisurely along the pier’s wooden planks and enjoy the panoramic views surrounding you. Watch surfers and other water sports enthusiasts in the ocean near the flanks of the quay.

The pier has many benches in prime viewing spots. Wait for a glimpse of whales and dolphins that make occasional appearances year-round. Capture photos of the picturesque green, hilly terrain west of the pier. On the eastern side, a sandy strait stretches beyond the horizon.

Purchase gifts, snacks and refreshments from the souvenir shop on the pier. The store also rents out rods for fishing. Try it yourself or watch the fishermen patiently awaiting their catch. No license is required for fishing from the pier.

Climb down the steps at the beginning of the pier to reach the sandy surface of Pismo Beach. This regional behemoth of a beach covers an area of 60 acres (24 hectares). Sunbathe on a pleasant summer day and lay down a blanket for a picnic. Have lunch at one of the many cafés at the back of the beach.

Stay for sunset and watch from the pier as the sky’s hues darken. This is also an ideal spot to watch Fourth of July fireworks. Bring a jacket and layers to cope with occasional strong winds.

Pismo Beach Pier is in the heart of its namesake area 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Cayucos in Southern California. Drive south from Morro Bay to reach the beach and its pier within about 30 minutes. Park your car in one of the spaces on the adjacent street. Nearby towns include Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.


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SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel £108
SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

2241 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Motel District hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pismo Beach Pier and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and California Polytechnic State University are also within 16 mi (25 km).

    Inn at the Pier £120
    Inn at the Pier

    Inn at the Pier

    601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Monarch Butterfly Grove and Pismo Beach Pier. North Beach Campground and Price Anniversary House are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grover Beach Station is 30 minutes by foot.

      Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach £121
      Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach

      Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach

      100 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Avila Hot Springs and Avila Beach Golf Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km). Grover Beach Station is 29 minutes by foot.

        Cottage Inn By The Sea £79
        Cottage Inn By The Sea

        Cottage Inn By The Sea

        2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Motel District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Margo Dodd Park and Pismo Beach Pier. Price Anniversary House and Pismo Beach Prime Outlets are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Edgewater Inn And Suites £86
          Edgewater Inn And Suites

          Edgewater Inn And Suites

          280 Wadsworth Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Downtown motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Pismo Beach Pier. North Beach Campground and Pismo Beach Golf Course are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Vespera on Ocean, Autograph Collection £165
            Vespera on Ocean, Autograph Collection

            Vespera on Ocean, Autograph Collection

            147 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Pier, Monarch Butterfly Grove and Pismo Beach Prime Outlets. Pismo Beach Golf Course and Edna Valley Vineyard are also within 9 mi (15 km). Grover Beach Station is 29 minutes by foot.

              Ocean Palms Motel £59
              Ocean Palms Motel

              Ocean Palms Motel

              390 Ocean View Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Pismo Beach Pier. Monarch Butterfly Grove and Price Anniversary House are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grover Beach Station is 30 minutes by foot.

                SeaVenture Beach Hotel £120
                SeaVenture Beach Hotel

                SeaVenture Beach Hotel

                100 Ocean View Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Downtown hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Monarch Butterfly Grove and Pismo Beach Pier. North Beach Campground and Pismo Beach Prime Outlets are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grover Beach Station is 28 minutes by foot.