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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.

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Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens is known throughout California as a perfect romantic Bed & Breakfast getaway & as "The Place" in the California Central Coast to hold your garden Wedding & Reception in our acre of beautiful flower-fill More Details
Welcome to your own private vacation suite where luxury extends all the way to the water's edge. More Details
Swiss Chalet style Oceano beach home is ideal for those who wish to be located just steps to beach access at an affordable cost. More Details
Awesome beach house for family gatherings, weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, etc. More Details
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Events in Oceano & Nipomo

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Jul
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Pismo Beach
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 […]
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Jul
9
Nipomo
Enjoy this intimate performance on the adobe veranda by the nationally acclaimed cowboy entertainer, Dave Stamey.
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Jul
23
Festival Mozaic
July 23 to July 30, 2022
San Luis Obispo County
The Festival Mozaic summer concert series takes place every summer throughout the county.
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Aug
6
Nipomo
Activities include live historical reenactments, traditional dance performances, gold panning, portrayals of famous historical characters, food, and live entertainment.
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It's Big, It's Hot, It's Juicy! Serious Central Coast burger nuts swear by Sylvester's, where the meaty motto is a smiling burger with Mickey Mouse-like hands and feet declaring that he's "Big, Hot 'n Juicy."  More Details
An Izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. More Details
A unique vision of bringing a different kind of BBQ to the Santa Maria Valley where smoked specialties meet Hispanic cuisine. More Details
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