Welcome to Oceano & Nipomo

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.

Things to do in Oceano & Nipomo

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Events in Oceano & Nipomo

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Oct
20
Open Studios Virtual Art Tour
September 22 to December 31, 2020
San Luis Obispo County
The popular Open Studios Art Tour goes virtual for 2020. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with old favorites and find new ones.
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Oct
21
Frankenstein’s Bride at the Melodrama
September 24 to November 15, 2020
Oceano
This horror story spoof hilariously reconstructs the classic tale by injecting it with musical parodies, pop culture references, and witty one-liners.
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Nov
19
The Holiday Extravaganza at the Melodrama
November 19 to December 27, 2020
Oceano
See Scrooge find his Christmas spirit in a heart-warming tale of holiday magic, laugh until your sides ache at the zany characters in a fractured fairy tale opera
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Where to Eat in Oceano & Nipomo

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A unique vision of bringing a different kind of BBQ to the Santa Maria Valley where smoked specialties meet Hispanic cuisine. More Details
Come visit one of the best kept secrets in Nipomo.   More Details
Palo Mesa Pizza is open for dining in, pick-up, delivery and even catering. Palo Mesa Pizza Makes You Happy! More Details
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Where to Stay in Oceano & Nipomo

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Located just four blocks from the entrance of Oceano Dunes and two miles to Pismo Beach. More Details
Welcome to your own private vacation suite where luxury extends all the way to the water's edge. More Details
This fabulous 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is only steps to the beach. More Details
Enjoy what this distinguished condo vacation rental close to the Oceano Dunes has to offer. More Details
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