Destination guide

Find dunes, clams, and plenty of melodrama in Oceano

A popular stop off on Highway 1, the small beach town of Oceano in San Luis Obispo County is a charming place to spend any vacation. Book an Oceano vacation rental and discover life in Oceano is all about the simple pleasures. Take a stroll along the beach, go digging for Pismo clams, or catch a fun show at the Great American Melodrama vaudeville theater. But if you're looking for a rush of adrenaline, then Oceano has that in spades too. Rent a dune buggy and skitter across the hilly Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve, a 5 mile-long stretch of protected sand dunes.

Things to do

Trains, sandy plains, and whole load of theatricals in Oceano

Aside from the dunes, Oceano has also been a magnet for the region's train enthusiasts. The Oceano Depot was once the most important building in San Luis Obispo County, when all passenger, freight, and mail passed through here. Built in the early 1900s, the Oceano Train Depot and Railroad Museum is a charming step back in time, so take a cool guided tour of this turn-of-the-century station. Book a Oceano vacation rental in the center of town and you can also catch a show at the Great American Melodrama vaudeville theater, which has been charming Oceano's visitors since 1975.


Swoon over Oceano's dunes

A mix of hilly dunes and wide, buttery sands, Oceano Beach is sheer poetry for beach lovers. There's plenty of action, including horseback riding through the surf, kayaking in the bay, or digging for Pisco clams as the sun sets. But one of the most popular activities in Oceano is dune bashing, the cool sport of driving dune buggies over the sand dunes. Sweeping for 5 miles along the Californian coast, the Oceano Dunes Preserve is one of the largest natural coastal dunes in California. You can rent buggies or ATVs by the hour or day.


Feeling hot, hot, hot on the Central Californian Coast

Like much of the Central Californian Coast, Oceano benefits from a delicious Mediterranean climate. Think long, hot summers with temperatures hitting the high 80s, and short, mild winters. The busiest time to visit is during the summer months, between June and September, when Oceano vacation rentals get booked up in advance. Come in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall and find equally nice days, with temps sometimes reaching 70 degrees. In spring, it gets windy, which draws the kite surfers, and rainy too.

Natural features

From frogs to falcons, meet Oceano's diverse dune life

Blessed with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Oceano is a small beach town on the Central Californian Coast that appeals to everyone, from beach bums and thrill-seekers to nature lovers. Oceano's famous dunes are part of the larger Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, which stretch for 18 miles between San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County. Head to the Osa Flaco Lake Natural Area, a lake and beach area. Take a leisurely stroll along the mile-long wooden boardwalk and spot brown pelicans, peregrine falcons, and rare breeds of frogs. There are no facilities, aside from a paid parking area.

How to get there

How to get to and around Oceano

Fly into San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional), the closest airport, located 9.5 mi (15.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public), which is 16.9 mi (27.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Oceano?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 495 vacation rentals near Oceano. From 214 Houses to 184 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oceano for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Oceano?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Oceano:

  • Downtown: 157 vacation rentals
  • Los Osos: 309 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 36 vacation rentals
  • Old Town Historic District: 40 vacation rentals
  • Motel District: 162 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Oceano?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Oceano. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pismo State Beach: 605 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables: 586 vacation rentals
  • Oceana Casino: 585 vacation rentals
  • The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville: 585 vacation rentals
  • Oceano Lagoon: 619 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oceano listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Oceano?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 214 Houses in Oceano. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Oceano include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 184 rentals available
  • Cottages: 17 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 8 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Oceano?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 37 vacation rentals with pool available in Oceano. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.