Monarch Butterfly Grove
The "Butterfly Trees" of Pismo Beach are one of our most beloved attractions From late October through February, thousands of colorful Monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of Eucalyptus and Monterey Pines in the area, giving the appearance of yellow and orange leaves. They travel over the Sierra Mountains and west of the Rockies. Some come from as far away as Canada to escape the colder temperatures of the north.
A short drive East on Price Canyon Road takes you to more than a dozen picturesque wineries, tasting rooms and winery gift shops in Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys Travel along beautiful scenic coastal roads and enjoy and tour 25 wineries. Talley Vineyards, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery in Arroyo Grande are the closest to Pismo Beach.
Try out a new set of woods on one of area's world-class golf courses.Cypress Ridge, Black Lake and the Avila Beach Golf Resort are within minutes of Pismo Beach. Pismo Beach even has it's own 9 hole executive course at Pismo State Park.
This premiere "must see" visitor attraction is one of the most popular destinations in California. There are four tours daily and the 55 mile drive from Pismo Beach alone is worth the trip. Tour Reservations: 800-444-4445.
A thrill-a-minute ride along the beach and through the dunes in a genuine Hummer. Pacific Adventure Tours:(805) 481-9330 or 471-0175
You can see grey whales, humpback whales, killer whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions, pelicans, seagulls, and much more.
Charter the boat for your family and friends. Private charters are great for large groups.
Year round board and boogie-board surfing at the pier. Board and wet suit rentals available.
Pismo and Shell Beaches offer spectacular rocks, caves, cliffs, beaches and coves that are perfect for kayaks.
Ride private trails through the spectacular Ocean Dunes and Beach The Livery Stable: (805) 489-8100
Fishing from the Pier generally results in some good catches of red snapper and ling cod. No license is required for pier fishing, but is required for deep sea or surf fishing. Bait, tackle and rental gear are available on the pier.
At nearby Avila Beach there are naturally heated mineral springs where you can swim in the pool or take a hot mineral bath. Sycamore and Avila Hot Springs are two of the best mineral springs still operating in California.
Guided Nature Hikes
Guided hikes to ancient Chumash Indian sites in the dunes and elsewhere, are offered regularly by State Park Docents and the Natural History Association. The Dunes Center : (805) 343-2455
Historic San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County is on the beautiful California Central Coast halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Nestled among lush rolling hills and shadowed by ancient volcanic peaks San Luis Obispo is rich in history, architecture and small town friendliness. Founded in 1772, the town began as Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the fifth in a family of 21 California missions.