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 country’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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Aug
22
Pappa Pia at the Great American Melodrama
June 20 to September 21, 2019
Oceano
Mamma Mia, here we go again! This hilarious send up of one of the world's most popular musicals is set at the Pismo Pier. 
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Aug
23
Oceano
This history of the wild west is filled with outrageous stories, but few are as wacky as this! 
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Aug
28
Concerts on the Course at Blacklake
May 15 to September 01, 2019
Nipomo
Come for the golf, stay for the fun. Indeed, at Blacklake Golf Resort, we are committed to teeing up some of the Central Coast's most festive concerts and events.
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Sep
21
Oceano Dunes Clean-Up
September 21, 2019
Oceano
California Coastal Clean-Up Day, an annual beach and inland waterway clean-up, is the state's largest volunteer event. 
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Where to Eat in Oceano & Nipomo

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This food is hot, hot, hot! Efren's has whatever Mexican you're craving and a special sauze that will set your mouth blazing. More Details
California Grill Nipomo is an all-American restaurant serving California style grub such as burgers, sandwiches, salads and more.  More Details
A Nipomo restaurant serving quality food on the Central Coast More Details
A Fiesta and a Feast … at Old Juan’s Cantina More Details
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Where to Stay in Oceano & Nipomo

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This custom house, just remodeled, is a very short stroll to the most incredible beach in California, where you can ride horses, rent dune buggies and 4-wheelers, surf, fish, swim, windsurf and hike trails. More Details
Cozy oceanfront vacation rental house in Oceano with huge wind-blocked patio, fantastic views & direct access to beach. More Details
Enjoy what this distinguished condo vacation rental close to the Oceano Dunes has to offer. More Details
The living room & deck have unbelievable ocean views, as well as the recently built downstairs patio. This house also has a new, completely remodeled kitchen. More Details
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