Take an Eco-Vacay in Pismo Beach
Vacation certainly means having permission to indulge, but those luxuries don’t have to come at the sacrifice of the environment. When you visit Pismo Beach on the beautiful Central Coast, you can help keep it pristine along the way with these eco-friendly eco-vacay ideas.
Take Your Vacation on Foot
Beaches are for walking! But the rest of Pismo Beach-proper is foot-friendly too. When you’ve had your fill of the sand and surf and the majesty of Pismo Pier, leave your car parked and stroll into downtown and explore local parks, shops, and restaurants.
Another foot-friendly spot near Pismo Beach is Dinosaur Caves Park, a place for families and their four legged-friends to picnic and play while enjoying a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. The Bob Jones Trail is one of the most popular on-foot draws for visitors, taking walkers from the edge of Shell Beach into Avila Beach, with a stop for a snack and a drink along the way at the unique Woodstone Marketplace.
If your vacay requires you to rent a car for a slightly further-out destination like a must-see winery, go as eco-friendly as you possibly can on four wheels and rent a green vehicle (good for the earth, and your wallet).
Local Eats and Treats
There’s no better way to celebrate the bounty of the local land than by visiting the Pismo Beach Farmers Market. Held Wednesdays at the Pismo Pier from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., this inviting menagerie of locally grown fruits and veggies, as well as other foods and handmade items, is a popular spot for locals and visitors.
No visit to Pismo Beach is complete without tasting freshly caught local fish. Visit the likes of Ventana Grill or Steamers of Pismo for some truly mouthwatering cuisine and artfully prepared Central Coast seafood.
A Night at the (Green) Movies
Neighboring San Luis Obispo is home to The Palm Theatre, the country’s first solar-powered movie theatre. In the summer of 2004, the theatre owners installed 98 solar panels on the roof of the Palm. A white reflective roofing material was added for even more environmental benefits. The only locally owned cinema in SLO, this movie house showcases independent, foreign, art house, and the latest mainstream flicks for $8 general admission or only $5 on Monday nights.
Let Someone Else Take the Wheel
Help preserve the clean air initiatives on the Central Coast by having a Car Free vacation in Pismo Beach. Instead of being stuck behind the wheel in unfamiliar terrain, let the city guide you and enjoy a more carefree way of travel while saving the environment from one more car’s emission. Public transportation is convenient and easy from train stations or the airport and will take you to all neighboring cities and beaches.
If you plan on driving to the coast, make a reservation and park your car at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach , and walk everywhere you want to go! Whatever your mode of transport in Pismo Beach, staying at a central locale like the SeaCrest will make your eco-conscious itinerary easy to plan and carry out.