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Pismo State Beach is located on the idyllic Californian coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Conveniently located just off Highway 101, this beach serves as the perfect weekend getaway for anyone traveling from Santa Maria or even Bakersfield.

Pismo State Beach gets its name from the native Indian word "pismu," meaning tar. Originally inhabited by the Chumash Indians, the tribe would collect this versatile material from the springs in Price Canyon, and use it to seal their canoes. Although the area is no longer used for its tar producing properties, Pismo State Beach is a popular holidaying spot for those who rent an RV in California.

With a wide variety of recreational activities on offer such as clam fishing and surfing, as well as plenty of space to simply relax in the Californian sunshine, Pismo State Beach is a must-see destination!

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Getting Outdoors

Boasting amazing temperatures all year round, RV rental at Pismo State Beach can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The beach is undoubtedly the area’s most popular attraction, with opportunities for sunbathing, surfing and swimming. However, before reaching Pismo State Beach itself, all visitors will have to walk through the immense dunes that flank the beach on one side. Considered to be some of the most far-reaching and impressive dunes on the Californian coast, it is well worth taking some time to explore these golden hills. The most popular way to discover the dunes is through the multitude of boardwalks and trails that wind their way through the dunes and onto the beach. Get lost in the sandy world or hike to the top for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. If you are after a slightly more exhilarating experience, why not rent an ATV or dune buggy from one of the touts in town and ramble across the dunes.

RV rental near Pismo State Beach is extremely popular amongst fishing enthusiasts thanks to the unique shellfish that reside here; the Pismo Clams. Burying themselves a few inches below the wet sand, travelers come from all over the country to hunt for this tasty delight. In an effort to sustain a healthy Pismo Clam population, every fisher must obtain a clam fishing license and is limited to twenty clams per person! Alternatively, why not try surf fishing, another popular activity along the shoreline of Pismo State Beach. First timers should visit the Oceano Dunes Visitor’s Center for guidelines on how to surf fish safely and successfully!

If these unique activities weren’t enough, get your self an RV rental near Pismo State Beach during the months of October to February to witness a unique event. Around this time every year, the Monarch Butterfly grove becomes inundated with thousands of migrating monarch butterflies, attracted the eucalyptus trees. With an estimated 30,000 butterflies landing here each year, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens to witness these vibrant insects at work; a truly unique phenomenon.

Camping at Pismo State Beach

Camping with an RV near Pismo State Beach could not be easier. With two different campgrounds within the state park, travelers can choose between two locations to set up camp.

North Beach Campground is the most accessible, located directly off Highway 1 and hidden among the sand dunes. Those with an RV rental may choose from over 100 sites, all with close access to the onsite facilities. Although there are no hookups available at this campground, there are plenty of restrooms and paid showers available for use. North Beach Campground welcomes vacationers with pets, although they should be kept on a leash at all times. Luckily, the beach is just a two-minute walk away and is ideal for taking the dogs to stretch their legs.

Alternatively, consider setting up camp with your rental RV at Oceano Campground. There are over 80 campsites to choose from here, 38 of which provide travelers with electric and water hookups. Although slightly more inland compared to the North Beach Campground, the sea can still be reached within a ten-minute walk. Even more, it is located next door to a freshwater lagoon, perfecting for swimming and discovering the local wildlife!

Exploring the Area

Although many choose to rent a camper near Pismo State Beach to explore the great outdoors, it is well worth taking the time to visit some of the other attractions in the area.

Pismo Beach Surf Museum is a unique museum located in one of the oldest surf shops on California’s Central Coast. With a small exhibition space that tells the story of the area’s surfing history, as well as an extensive collection of rare surfboards dating back the early 20th century, there is nothing else like this in North America.

In fact, the boards here are so unique that they are often loaned out to international museums around the world!

Another great reason to book an RV in Pismo State Beacha is to visit the Price Historical Park. Once the home of Pismo’s founder, John Michael Price, this 19th-century house has been turned into a local history museum. Stretching over two-floors, the museum tells of how life was over one hundred years ago. Do make sure to call ahead and book onto a tour, as this museum does not operate to conventional opening times.

Once you have had your fill of clam fishing and butterfly watching, head over to the Natural History Museum to learn even more about the natural flora and fauna in the area. This museum is excellent for people of all ages, with interesting and engaging exhibits scattered throughout. An added bonus is the location in Morro Bay State Park which provides visitors with a panoramic views of the incredible coastlines. Although there is an entrance fee, this museum will entertain and educate adults and children alike.

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