Destination guide

Downtown Pismo Beach _ the other California adventure

Nestled between Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Pismo Beach is known for its sandy coastline, ocean-view dining, and funky shops. Centered around the charming, walkable Highway 1, this laid-back beach town is jam-packed with cafes and bars, and you're only a short drive from outlet shopping and a number of county parks. You'll find plenty of opportunities for water sports, surfing, and sunbathing on the scenic beach, and the Pismo Beach pier is a popular destination for line fishing. Your Downtown Pismo Beach vacation rental will put you in the middle of some of the central coast's most iconic scenery.


Sand and deliver in Downtown Pismo Beach

First things first: That beach though. Grab your board, boat, or bathing suit, and hit the waves. Surfing is a way of life in Southern California, and Downtown Pismo Beach is no exception _ the waves here are a hit with surfers of all levels, and you'll find a number of shops offering surf lessons and board rentals. Afterward, you can take a stroll among the shops, cafes, and eateries in town. Got a passion for fashion? Then head to the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, where you'll find more than 3 dozen stores selling name brands at deep discounts.


A mild, mild time in Downtown Pismo Beach

Downtown Pismo Beach has fairly temperate weather year round, with mild summers, warm winters, and plenty of overcast days throughout the year. The central coast is known for its so-called Indian summers, hotter patches in late summer and early fall. These months are slightly warmer, with highs around 65 degrees between August and October. Winter lows are only somewhat lower, hovering around 60 in December, January, and March. Since the weather's so consistent, you'll find that prices for Downtown Pismo Beach vacation rentals don't change much from one season to the next.

Natural features

Picture-postcard Downtown Pismo Beach

The ecosystems around Downtown Pismo Beach are diverse, with sandy dunes and broad beaches, as well as marshy wetlands, rivers, and estuaries. Pismo Creek drains into the Pacific Ocean at Pismo Beach, and you can find a number of campsites and fishing spots along its banks. In the fall and winter, you can see thousands of monarch butterflies on their migration through eucalyptus forests in the Monarch Butterfly Grove near Pismo Lake. Birdwatching is popular, and a Downtown Pismo Beach vacation rental will offer countless opportunities to spot the area's marsh wrens, shorebirds, and herons.

Where to stay around Downtown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 157 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 25 Houses to 5 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Downtown:

  • Los Osos: 225 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 37 vacation rentals
  • Motel District: 165 vacation rentals
  • Sunset Palisades: 17 vacation rentals
  • Saint Andrews: 39 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Houses in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 25 Houses in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Cabins: 5 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 112 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 5 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 16 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.