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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach

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Welcome to Pismo Beach

A Beautiful Community with an Idyllic Shoreline and Many Wineries
Situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, just a few miles from downtown San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach offers a quintessential California beach town experience. This vibrant city is celebrated for its stunning vistas, where miles of expansive sandy beaches meet rugged cliffs. Pismo Beach is not only a haven for those looking to soak up the sun but also a hub of activity for outdoor enthusiasts. The city’s charm is accentuated by its famous Pismo Pier, a favorite spot for both sunrise and sunset watchers. The atmosphere is laid-back and welcoming, making it a perfect destination for anyone seeking a mix of relaxation and adventure.
Pismo Beach's downtown exudes a quaint yet lively atmosphere, where visitors can explore an array of boutique shops, fine dining, and casual eateries. The town’s historic character is preserved in its architecture and community events, creating a nostalgic yet upscale ambiance. Whether you're indulging in the local seafood or enjoying a sunset dinner, Pismo Beach promises a delightful experience for every palate and preference.

What to Love

  • Breathtaking Scenery: From the serene beaches to the scenic cliffs overlooking the Pacific, Pismo Beach offers stunning views at every turn.
  • Endless Outdoor Pursuits: Whether it’s hiking through the Pismo Preserve, surfing in the ocean, or exploring the dunes by ATV, there’s no shortage of adventure.
  • Vibrant Community Events: Annual events like the Pismo Beach Clam Festival and the Classic Car Show bring the community together in celebration.
  • Shopping and Dining: From upscale dining options to unique boutique shops, Pismo Beach caters to both casual visitors and gourmet enthusiasts.

Local Lifestyle

Life in Pismo Beach is a perfect blend of leisure and outdoor adventure. Residents and visitors alike revel in the year-round mild weather that complements a lifestyle of relaxation and active living. The community is tight-knit and friendly, often gathering for beach excursions or festivals. Daily life here might start with a morning jog along the shore, followed by coffee at a local café, and perhaps end with a gourmet meal overlooking the ocean or a bonfire on the beach.

Dining and Shopping

Splash Cafe is famous for its award-winning clam chowder, along with delightful burgers, fish and chips, and classic hot dogs. Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana offers a taste of Italy with its farm-to-table approach, wood-fired pizzas, and local wine selections. For those looking for a unique dining experience, Ventana Grill boasts spectacular ocean views and a fantastic menu of Latin cuisine and seafood.
The area is also known for several high-regarded resorts with standout dining options. The Inn at the Pier features fantastic cocktails and small plates on the rooftop at Cypress Beach House. Vespera Resort includes top dining spots like the Starlight Lawn, Star Bar & Pool, and Pequin Coastal Cocina.
Retail enthusiasts will enjoy browsing through Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, offering a variety of high-end brands at great prices. Pancho’s Surf Shop is a top spot for surf gear, sunglasses, beach hats, flip-flops, and more.

Entertainment and Things to Do

Pismo Beach is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and festival-goers alike. The 11-acre Dinosaur Caves Park offers spectacular ocean views along with a playground and green space ideal for picnics.
Downtown Pismo Beach is a hub of activity where visitors can stroll through charming streets lined with boutiques, art galleries, and eateries. The Pismo Beach Pier and Promenade serve as the heart of the city’s spirit, offering a perfect setting for a leisurely stroll, shopping, bike rentals, or just enjoying the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Held in October, the Pismo Beach Clam Festival is a highlight of the year, celebrating the town’s clamming history with parades, contests, live performances, inflatables, and plenty of excellent food. The annual Classic Car Show is another must-see event, drawing car enthusiasts from all over to admire a splendid array of classic and vintage cars against the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
For those inclined toward natural adventures, the 880-acre Pismo Preserve offers miles of hiking trails that showcase breathtaking vistas of the coastline and rolling hills.


  • Judkins Middle School
  • Shell Beach Elementary School

Overview for Pismo Beach, CA

8,058 people live in Pismo Beach, where the median age is 58.2 and the average individual income is $68,692. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

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Around Pismo Beach, CA

There's plenty to do around Pismo Beach, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Menu Meal Prep, Sand Lot Beach Stop, and Hey Gorgeous Formal Wear.

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Dining 3.5 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.64 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.01 miles 39 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.37 miles 36 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.85 miles 20 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.76 miles 38 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Pismo Beach, CA

Pismo Beach has 4,283 households, with an average household size of 1.88. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Pismo Beach do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 8,058 people call Pismo Beach home. The population density is 2,304.16 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Pismo Beach, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Pismo Beach. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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