Destination guide

Experience Pismo Beach from vacation home rentals

Located on California’s famous central coast, Pismo Beach is a classic oceanfront town with pristine white beaches, beautiful weather, and excellent local wineries for the perfect relaxing getaway. Whether you want to surf, golf, fish, or spend your days lazing on the sand, Pismo Beach caters to every type of traveler. Vacation rentals throughout the area put you within reach of all that Pismo Beach has to offer.


Experience Pismo Beach history

Though Pismo Beach is filled with outdoor activities and beachside essentials, it also has a variety of landmarks and sites for history buffs. Vacation homes can be found near the Price Historical Park, a preserve with restored homes and beautiful surrounding gardens, and the Swinging Bridge, a circa-1875 swinging bridge located in a small, historic town. The Point San Luis Lighthouse, a 19th-century prairie Victorian-style lighthouse, offers tours and maritime artifacts, and the South County Historical Society Heritage House, a museum and restored home that gives a glimpse into life in the 19th century, are also great for enthusiasts.

Things to do

Seaside fun near vacation homes in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is full of unique locations and attractions that are unlike other areas, providing endless fun and entertainment. Getaway cabins can be found near popular sites like the Monarch Butterfly Grove, a seasonal eucalyptus habitat for migrating monarch butterflies to call home in fall and winter, and the Pismo Beach Pier, which has a beach, seaside shops and restaurants, and a great white shark exhibit. Dinosaur Caves Park, an oceanfront park with rocky bluffs and hiking trails, and Margo Dodd Park, a grassy park with a coastal bluff, beach, and sweeping ocean views, are also lovely for an afternoon out in nature. If you prefer a more adventurous outing, Oceano Dunes SVRA is a sand-dune complex with off-roading, surf fishing, birdwatching, and swimming.


Activities and attractions in Pismo Beach

Do you want to find attractions to see while you're in town? Travelers enjoy fun activities like surfing and bird watching. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Pismo Beach a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Monarch Butterfly Grove (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Pismo Beach Golf Course (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Kynsi Winery (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Edna Valley Vineyard (5.7 mi / 9.2 km)
  • Central Coast Aquarium (6 mi / 9.6 km)

Seasonal weather in Pismo Beach

Travelers enjoy Pismo Beach for its surfing. If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, August, September, October and November are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 67°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Pismo Beach. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Morro Bay State Park (17.6 mi / 28.3 km)
  • North Beach Campground (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Grover Heights Park (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Margo Dodd Park (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Ramona Garden Park (1.8 mi / 2.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Pismo Beach

Fly into San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional), the closest airport, located 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public), which is 19.8 mi (31.9 km) away.

Getting around

Transportation in Pismo Beach

Getting to and from vacation rentals to the attractions and destinations in and around Pismo Beach is easy with the numerous transportation options. Trains, buses, coaches, and organized tours are available for transportation to popular locations in Pismo Beach, but you also have the option to rent a car or bike to travel at your own pace. Depending on what attractions you wish to see and where you choose to stay, you may be able to walk to and from your summer rental as well.

Food and drink

Best cuisine in Pismo Beach

From family-style dining to an exotic food experience, Pismo Beach restaurants, breweries, and wineries have something to suit every taste. Coastal seafood dishes, California-style dining, locally grown wine-country cuisine, and ethnic favorites are abundant in Pismo Beach, blending the best of the Pacific Coast with California’s abundant farmland. No matter your craving, vacation homes in Pismo Beach put you within reach of delicious possibilities.

Essential info

Key facts for your stay in a Pismo Beach summer rental

Pismo Beach is a charming beach town with a population of 7,861. Generally, the area has warm temperatures and sunshine year-round, as well as a welcoming atmosphere and low crime. It’s also an affordable California beach retreat, especially if you choose to day trip to nearby Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo. The area is serviced by the Pismo Beach Police and emergency response services, as well as hospitals and clinics for both emergency and non-emergency medical care.

Where to stay around Pismo Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 586 vacation rentals near Pismo Beach. From 264 Houses to 26 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pismo Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Pismo Beach?

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 Pismo Beach:

  • Downtown: 154 vacation rentals
  • Motel District: 160 vacation rentals
  • Pismo Heights: 160 vacation rentals
  • South Palisades: 21 vacation rentals
  • Saint Andrews: 32 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 Pismo Beach?

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

  • Pismo Beach Pier: 672 vacation rentals
  • Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area: 641 vacation rentals
  • Pismo Beach Prime Outlets: 643 vacation rentals
  • Price Anniversary House: 674 vacation rentals
  • North Beach Campground: 642 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pismo Beach 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 Pismo Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 264 Houses in Pismo Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pismo Beach include:

  • Cabins: 26 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 201 rentals available
  • Cottages: 26 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 Pismo Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 47 vacation rentals with pool available in Pismo Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.