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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Guiton RealtyGuiton RealtyOceano
Our units are all single family homes, located on a sandy beach or within easy walking distance to the beach.
Nipomo Property ManagementNipomo Property ManagementNipomo
Nipomo Property Management is a a full service management company since 1995.
Farmhouse BNBFarmhouse BNBNipomo
A unique and memorable vacation awaits at the Farmhouse BNB cottage in Nipomo on California’s Central Coast.
Beachfront VacationBeachfront VacationOceano
Book a Beachfront Vacation now to enjoy a memorable getaway to Pismo Beach, California at this house that can sleep up to 12!
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events in Oceano & Nipomo
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Wine 4 PawsWine 4 PawsSan Luis Obispo CountyApril 20 to April 21, 2024
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!
4th of July in Pismo Beach4th of July in Pismo BeachPismo BeachJuly 04, 2024
Live bands will entertain visitors until 9pm, when the fireworks start! VIP seating is available on the pier for a charge. Arrive early in the day to stake out your best viewing spot on the sand. Bring some blankets and an umbrella for a great day at the beach. You can the kids can spend […]
Central Coast Arthritis Bike ClassicCentral Coast Arthritis Bike ClassicSan Luis Obispo CountySeptember 21 to September 28, 2024
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 […]
Spartan Ultra WeekendSpartan Ultra WeekendSanta MargaritaNovember 02 to November 03, 2024
Spartan Trail, scheduled to be held in San Luis Obispo County at Santa Margarita Ranch, is a trail race with distances of 10k, 10k Night Run, Half Marathon and 50k.
travel articles about Oceano & Nipomo
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Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center
This facility provides our community and park visitors with new educational opportunities.
Horseback RidingHorseback RidingOceano
Riding a horse amidst the beauty of coastal San Luis Obispo County can be a transforming experience. Get saddled up and discover a whole new perspective on our special stretch of Highway 1, from equestrian trails to vineyards.
Biplane RidesBiplane RidesOceano
Whether you're seeking a calm and serene Pier or Pier & Dunes flight, or an all-out Top Gun flight, we have something for everyone!
Oceano & Nipomo
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 […]
where to eat in Oceano & Nipomo
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Central MarketCentral MarketOceano
Central Market … A Plain Name for an Authentic Mexican Find
Efren’s Deli ShopEfren’s Deli ShopOceano
This food is hot, hot, hot! Efren's has whatever Mexican you're craving and a special sauze that will set your mouth blazing.
Me n Ed’s PizzeriaMe n Ed’s PizzeriaNipomo
Me n Ed's Pizzeria is dedicated to bringing you brick oven baked pizza that will have you coming back for more.
Blacklake Bar & GrillBlacklake Bar & GrillNipomo
Overlooking the Lakes Course at Blacklake Golf Resort, serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Appetizers.
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