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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Where to Stay in Oceano & Nipomo

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Welcome to your own private vacation suite where luxury extends all the way to the water's edge. More Details
Located just four blocks from the entrance of Oceano Dunes and two miles to Pismo Beach. More Details
Located on the fairway of the #9 hole of the Lakes Golf Course, this unit has a great view overlooking the course.  More Details
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Events in Oceano & Nipomo

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Oct
9
Open Studios Art Tour
October 09 to October 17, 2021
San Luis Obispo County
Free to the public, fine artists and crafters open their studios to showcase their art and share their process.
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Oct
9
Tacos Around the World
October 09, 2021
Nipomo
This 4-course family style dinner will highlight Captain Dana's world travels.
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Oct
22
Hauntings on the Rancho
October 22 to October 24, 2021
From: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Nipomo
Don't let fear consume you!
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Oct
29
Halloween Bash at Dana Adobe
October 29, 2021
From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nipomo
The evening will include a costume march, TRUNK or treat, and a family friendly movie night.
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Where to Eat in Oceano & Nipomo

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The Spoon Trade is a gathering place in the heart of the Five Cities in Grover Beach. More Details
Just steps from the Oceano Dunes, Pier St. Deli serves deli sandwich favorites like hot pastrami and french dips, along with cold options including turkey club or the avocado delight. More Details
Taste your way through a menu featuring burgers, salads, sandwiches and Nipomo-style tacos featuring Napa cilantro slaw, jalapeno, pickled onions and chipotle aioli served in flour tortillas. More Details
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More to Explore on Highway 1

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