Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach


Pismo Beach is an old-time California beach town and it has made a substantial imprint on the world. Besides being known as the “Clam Capital of the World,” it’s the only place in California where you can drive directly on the beach and where 100,000 monarch butterflies winter in a pocket grove of eucalyptus. It’s the vacation destination that Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck never made it to after repeatedly taking wrong turns at Albuquerque. Although the signature clam has gone into decline due to aggressive over harvesting, Pismo Beach still promotes and celebrates the town’s favorite marine bivalve. Clam Festival, clam chowder competitions, clam-themed parades, etc. There is even a giant concrete clam statue downtown decorated for every holiday.

The one-time “Clam Capital,” Pismo Beach has had to retool its image when over-harvesting by people and otters have depleted the clams’ numbers. The only legal clams for the taking must be at least 4 ½ inches in diameter. They grow up to seven inches in diameter but the large clams are usually in sand beyond the shoreline. (A salt-water fishing license is required for clamming on Pismo Beach.) There are so few Pismo clams that the local restaurants serve New York or New England clams in their famous clam chowders. That doesn’t stop the influx of tourists into town, especially during the summer, looking for respite from the valley heat. The average year round temperature in Pismo Beach is 72 degrees.

The Pismo Beach Pier is 1200 feet long and is an attraction for fishermen, kids, and those who just want to walk its length to watch surfers skim the waves.

Dinosaur Caves Park, 200 Cliff Street, is an eleven acre park that sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Art fairs are held here on the weekends. The park has an amphitheatre and a reception area where weddings are held. The overlook provides a beautiful background for photographs. This is also a favorite local spot to walk, jog, walk dogs, or eat a picnic lunch. A play area for kids has two concrete dolphins and a rope swing. There are restrooms and off street parking is available. The Dinosaur Caves are not accessible except by kayak.




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