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Located on one of the most picturesque coastal stretches in the country, Pismo Beach is truly a quintessential California beach town. I'll never forget the first time I laid eyes on Pismo Beach, a charming little beach community nestled between wide, sandy beaches and picturesque rolling hills. It immediately became one of my favorite destinations in all of California, and given its location on the Central Coast, it's the perfect pit stop on any major West Coast road trip. I've returned to Pismo Beach several times since my first visit, and I know I'll visit anytime I find myself in the beautiful Central Coast of California. I always know that I can find a great last-minute hotel in Pismo Beach through the HotelTonight app, which provides a great selection of Pismo Beach hotels at my fingertips. So if I am ever craving beautiful California beaches, a laidback beach town vibe and stunning countryside, I can simply book a Pismo Beach hotel in a matter of minutes and take a spur of the moment trip to my favorite California coastal town.

Highway 1

The California Highway 1 runs through Pismo Beach, and it's easily one of the most picturesque roads I've driven in my life. On one side, you have sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the picture-perfect California coastline, and on the other side, you see rolling green hills, vineyards and charming little towns. One of my favorite parts of visiting Pismo Beach is simply the drive to get there, since there's so much breathtaking beauty to see along the way.

The Beach

As its name suggests, Pismo Beach is best known for its beach. In my opinion, there are few beaches in California that are as naturally beautiful and as well maintained as Pismo Beach. Whenever I visit Pismo Beach, I spend a lot of time enjoying beach activities and water sports, as well as long walks on the pier and boardwalk. Pismo Beach locals really enjoy savoring the beauty of nature, and it's so easy to do when you take a stroll on this gorgeous stretch of beach.


Just steps away from the sand, you'll find downtown Pismo Beach. This town center is home to a number of great restaurants and shops, and locals drive from all over the Central Coast to check out Pismo's great outlets – and it's famous clam chowder! Every time I visit Pismo Beach, I wander the streets of this little downtown area, and I always seem to discover something new. Plus, Pismo's locals are so friendly and welcoming that you'll feel right at home as you explore the town. Because locals are so friendly, I often ask locals I encounter for any tips they have for visiting their town, and they're always more than happy to give me a number of great suggestions.

Oceano Dunes

Pismo Beach is also home to one of the most unique stretches of beach in California. The Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve features beautiful natural sand dunes, and this state park actually allows for off-roading vehicles to access the beach. It's the only beach in all of California that allows vehicles. Oceano is popular for ATVs and off-roading vehicles, so it's certainly an exciting place to visit for those who are looking for an adrenaline boost. Even if you aren't interested in off-roading yourself, it's a fascinating scene to witness.

Edna Valley

Edna Valley is just a short drive inland from Pismo Beach, and it's a gorgeous wine country home to award-winning wineries. If you're a wine lover like me, you'll love the Central Coast of California. You've probably already heard of Paso Robles and the Santa Barbara county wine country, but Edna Valley gets less attention, even though it produces some of my favorite wines in California. Whenever I find myself in the Central Coast, I make sure to stop by at least a few wineries in Edna Valley, a region that is best known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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Whenever anyone asks me for beach vacation suggestions, I always recommend Pismo Beach. This idyllic beach town on the California Central Coast is an underrated gem that never feels too crowded or too touristy. Whether I visit in the winter or in the summer, I'm always blown away by the beauty of this charming town and its natural surroundings, and sometimes I even dream of retiring in Pismo Beach. For now, though, I'll settle for regular visits, especially since I know I can always find great deals on last-minute Pismo Beach hotels through HotelTonight. Traveling has never been easier now that I always have my HotelTonight app handy, because it has helped me solve one of travel's biggest hassles – finding a good hotel at a good price. And now that I don't have to worry about that, I can spend more time enjoying trips to lovely destinations like Pismo Beach.