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Oceano provides one of the only beaches in California where it is legal to drive.  The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is open year-round. The area is popular with truck and dune buggy enthusiasts, as well as those looking to beat the heat, so reservations are recommended (particularly on holidays). Campsites are available year-round on the beach and in the open dune area, and include bathroom facilities. Other activities include swimming, surfing, surf fishing, and hiking the dunes to gain spectacular views of the dramatic coastline. The famous Pismo Clam can be found here, too. Clammers must have a valid fishing license and rigid measuring tool (clams must measure at least 4 1/2” to be harvested), and the bag limit is 10 Pismo clams. Even without the appropriate vehicle, visitors can still enjoy thrill rides on the Oceano Dunes with touring companies like Pacific Adventure Tours who do all the driving in their fleet of real USMC Humvees.

If driving on the beach isn't your thing, ride horseback on the beach. For those who have always wanted to stay, play and gallop on the beach, Pacific Dunes Riding Stables makes riding horseback a fun and safe bucket-list experience. The ranch offers one-hour trail rides on the beach and dunes with their own horses and gear, led by an experienced guide. Overnight boarding is also available for those bringing their own horse, as well as an arena and round pen. Pacific Dunes Riding Stables includes full hookup RV sites for long-term stays, as well as a clubhouse, game room and meeting room. The Ranch boasts a large barbecue area and picnic tables with magnificent sunset views.

For the golf enthusiast, play a round in three of the county’s finest golf courses, all in one destination. Each of Nipomo’s three golf resorts boasts world-class courses and amenities. A high-end golf resort with a laid-back vibe, Blacklake Golf Resort offers 27 holes in three nine-hole layouts for a unique golfing experience that challenges even the best golfer’s game. Monarch Dunes Golf Club includes a traditional 18-hole course as well as a challenge course comprised of 12 three-par holes. At Cypress Ridge, enjoy an award-winning championship course (also a Peter Jacobsen Signature Course) voted one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places To Play” (and one of the Central Coast’s most sought-after wedding venues). All three resorts offer private instruction, while Blacklake and Monarch Dunes each also offer dining options.

Things to do in Oceano & Nipomo

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Where to Stay in Oceano & Nipomo

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Welcome to your own private vacation suite where luxury extends all the way to the water's edge. More Details
Located just four blocks from the entrance of Oceano Dunes and two miles to Pismo Beach. More Details
You can call the Pacific Ocean your own back yard! More Details
This single family home is located across from the Oceano lagoon and nature preserve More Details
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Events in Oceano & Nipomo

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Aug
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Stone Soup Music Festival
August 27 to August 28, 2022
Grover Beach
The name “Stone Soup” is taken from an old folk tale about a starving village where a stranger arrives and promises to cook enough soup from a stone to feed the entire population.
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Sep
3
Pops by the Sea
September 03, 2022
Avila Beach
For 30 years, the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s family-friendly Pops-by-the-Sea concerts have entertained thousands of music lovers on the Central Coast.
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Sep
10
Central Coast Arthritis Bike Classic
September 10 to September 17, 2022
San Luis Obispo County
The ride takes place each fall and aims to raise over $1 million dollars. Approximately 350 arthritis patients, families and supporters who are recruited by our staff will cycle over 525 miles raising funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation along Highway One. This event is marketed and publicized nationwide, with a focus in the […]
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Sep
17
Nipomo
Learn about Captain Dana's ties to Hawaii, travels, and some traditions he may have brought back to the rancho.
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Where to Eat in Oceano & Nipomo

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Come in and try the famous Lava Bombs! More Details
The two old railroad cars that house this old-fashioned American diner aren't the only attraction here.  More Details
Thai Ville is the newest restaurant to open in Nipomo, conveniently located on West Tefft Street.  More Details
California Grill Nipomo is an all-American restaurant serving California style grub such as burgers, sandwiches, salads and more.  More Details
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