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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Pump Boys & Dinettes at the Melodrama
January 23 to March 08, 2020
Oceano
The 'Pump Boys' sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the 'Dinettes', Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. 
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Mar
12
Oceano
Holmes and Watson return to the Melodrama for an adventure filled with mystert, hijinks and hilarity. Can our intrepid adventurers crack the case? 
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Apr
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Oceano
Step into the kingdom of Halfwitania, a faraway land filled with zany character and big surprises.
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Oceano
Yee haw! This gut-busting parody follows the adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as they change the course of history in the Old West. 
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Where to Eat in Oceano & Nipomo

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The two old railroad cars that house this old-fashioned American diner aren't the only attraction here.  More Details
Central Market … A Plain Name for an Authentic Mexican Find More Details
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Thai Ville is the newest restaurant to open in Nipomo, conveniently located on West Tefft Street.  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
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This newly updated four bedroom, two bath home located in Nipomo is the ideal vacation destination. Start out in the spacious kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and brand new granite countertops. The master bedroom has a King bed and a TV, there is a Queen bedroom, and one with two Twins. Last but not […] More Details
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