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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Nov
24
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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Nov
25
The Holiday Extravaganza at the Melodrama
November 19 to December 27, 2020
Oceano
This event has been cancelled.
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Dec
5
Nipomo
Satisfy your cravings this holiday season with Dana Adobe's Make & Take Tamale class. 
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Where to Eat in Oceano & Nipomo

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Come try our delicious chile rellenos or our beef fajitas served on a hot sizzler.
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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
The Rib Line is famous for chicken, ribs and fixins! We've been barbecuing our BBQ beef ribs and chicken for over 20 years. 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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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
Nothing between you and the sand at this beautiful oceanfront home More Details
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