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Best things to do in Pismo Beach

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“Come see the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach. Migrating butterflies come to the Pismo State Beach Monarch Grove from October through March. There is a trail you can take from the Grover Beach entrance or you can enter it thru the State Park or also park right on the street. It is free of charge and there are presentations throughout the day.”
65 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“If you need it, they have it. A collection of great shops from Nike to Levi. They feature kids, teen, adult clothing and shoes, kitchen wear, and even an "As Seen On TV" store. ”
31 locals recommend
“This is the restaurant with the best view in the area! Perfect for a special occasion, birthday, romantic night out, or even business meeting. Lunch is very reasonably priced, so it's totally worth it to grab a bite and enjoy the view.”
48 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Delicious, world famous clam chowder and more!! They even fry twinkies and snickers bars for an unusual dessert. ”
32 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“My favorite restaurant in the central coast. Seasonally changed menu. New American food. ”
33 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Delicious Breakfast Burritos, and amazing arrays of dishes. A local favourite!”
26 locals recommend
“Amazing views! Walk just a short distance from the park to the Caves for a breathtaking beach scenery.”
22 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Supermarket for groceries, produce, deli items, personal care, home goods, etc.”
21 locals recommend
“The Pismo Pier is a nice stroll, with a beautiful view. The downtown area nearby has cute beachy shops and restaurants. A great place to watch the sunset!”
20 locals recommend
“Fun place, good 805 beer, etc. good bar food. Has music on certain days. Close by Try the pretzel for appetizer!”
17 locals recommend
Massage Studio
“Family fun in a large pool with waterslides and a mineral spring tub for a deep soak”
16 locals recommend
“Bar, music and drinks. Pismo Beach. Trolley runs in Summer, otherwise about 10 min drive”
14 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“If sugar is your thing, don’t have to wait for the fair for the best cinnamon rolls on the west coast and only a block to the beach. Grab to go and watch the surfers”
13 locals recommend
Hotel Pool
“Have a cocktail on the deck and watch the sun set. Eat outside or move indoor for a more substantial meal.”
14 locals recommend
“For some comfort American breakfast hit up lil bits in Grover Beach. It’s a local favorite so expect a lil wait. ”
15 locals recommend
“Great burgers and a good beer selection. Try the burger with carnitas on it!”
17 locals recommend