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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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This unique property offers privately owned vacation condominiums and is located close to the popular beach. More Details
The Kaleidoscope Inn and Gardens is a scenic and welcoming bed and breakfast on California’s Central Coast. More Details
Looking for a Large Home on the Beach on the Central Coast? Look no further! This great house near Pismo Beach can sleep up to 18 people! More Details
When you vacation at the coast, you want to be Right at the Beach. This aptly named rental near Pismo Beach is a scenic spot on Highway 1. More Details
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Events in Oceano & Nipomo

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Feb
11
Huell Howser Memorial Nature Walk at Oso Flaco
February 11, 2023
From: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Arroyo Grande
Walk from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center along Oso Flaco Lake's 2½ mile boardwalk to the Pacific Ocean and view first-hand the first blushes of spring as the native flora and fauna emerge from winter's rest. 
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Feb
25
Nipomo
Music director and violinist Scott Yoo takes you on a tour behind the music of Faure's Piano Trio in the newly constructed Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo.
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Apr
22
Wine 4 Paws
April 22 to April 23, 2023
San Luis Obispo County
Pet loving wine drinkers can help our four-legged friends by visiting ANY of the participating wineries throughout the weekend, when a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Woods Humane Society!
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Where to Eat in Oceano & Nipomo

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A Fiesta and a Feast … at Old Juan’s Cantina More Details
Bring a Big Appetite to Jocko’s Steak House More Details
Overlooking the Lakes Course at Blacklake Golf Resort, serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Appetizers. More Details
This food is hot, hot, hot! Efren's has whatever Mexican you're craving and a special sauze that will set your mouth blazing. More Details
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More to Explore on Highway 1

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