Pismo Beach is a fantastic place to stay and use as your “base camp” while in the Central Coast. You can start out your day with breakfast at one of our outstanding restaurants, take off on an adventure to the many varieties of things to do, return to your lodging, and relax before going out to dine! Take advantage our Lodging Specials and take day trips to the many points of interest in the neighboring areas. Here are just some of the many fun things you can do, with approximate driving times from Pismo Beach:Farmers markets on the Central Coast


Cambria Shops 60 min. | San Luis Obispo Shops 15 min. | Paso Robles Shops 45 min.

Morro Bay Shops 25 min. | Cayucos Shops 40 min. | Pismo Shops

Templeton Shops 35 min. | Atascadero Shops 30 min. | Arroyo Grande Shops 10 min.

Oceano Dunes

  • Oceano Dunes: Ride ATVs, hike the dunes, and ride horses (10 min).
  • Pismo Preserve Hiking trails, mountain biking, and horseback riding (10 min).
  • Morro Bay: Morro State Park, Morro Rock Beach, and Morro Strand State Beach offer a lagoon and natural bay habitat, sailing, fishing, hiking, bird watching, a colorful marina, 18-hole public golf course, and park museum (26 mi).
  • Ragged Point “The Gateway to Big Sur”: Cayucos (40 min), Cambria (60 min), and San Simeon/Hearst Castle (60 min). Make sure to book your tour ahead.
  • Montaña de Oro State Park “MDO” 8,000 acres of breathtaking landscapes to hike, mountain bike, tidepool visit, kayak, surf, fish, and more (40 min).

Plan your stay by visiting our Lodging Specials page for the best deal and get out there and experience the wonders of the beautiful Central Coast!