Back to School. Pismo Beach. You Know What That Means!

When the children are away, the adults will play! School is back in session and the beaches of Pismo have emptied out. Pismo Beach is calling all singles, retirees, and empty nesters to its temperate, peaceful shores. What are you waiting for? Take advantage of the quiet space while it reigns.

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Hang Ten – or Just Hang – on Pismo Beach

Surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean never felt so spacious. No boogie boards in sight, no kid-traffic to worry about – this is the time of year when the swells are all yours. Whether you’re a veteran or neophyte, Pismo Beach surfing in fall offers plenty of room for you and your board.

Fish in Peace on Pismo Pier

Looking for silence as you aim to hook a big one off the famed Pismo Pier? You’ll find it in the off-season once the kids have traded their flip-flops for sneakers and sand pails for backpacks. Let Pismo Beach pier fishing reel you into a Pismo Beach getaway for one, two, or more.

No Need to Call Ahead

Avoid the beach restaurants in summer because you prefer a quiet meal? School’s in session during the daylight hours and homework is the meal du jour after dark. So take a bite out of our top picks for Pismo Beach restaurants and you’ll enjoy tranquility, shorter waits, and superior service in Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and beyond.

Off-Beach Recreation

Stay on Pismo Beach all day then head into San Luis Obispo for live music and an art walk full of creative energy. The vibe of Pismo Beach accommodates the little ones but it certainly caters to the child-free adults who have time to spend absorbing the best of this coastal town. Take a wine tour, tee off at a world-class Pismo Beach golf course, or just people watch as you take in the wound-down, relaxed atmosphere on your time away.

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Tee Off on the World-Class Golf Courses of Pismo Beach

Golf Courses of Pismo BeachTeeing up for some action on the golf courses of Pismo Beach? Get close to the green of these Pismo Beach golf courses – just minutes from the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel – and your vacation on California’s Central Coast can only be a hole in one.

Avila Beach Golf Resort

Looking for surf with your turf? The Avila Beach Golf Resort is a seaside resort nestled conveniently in Avila Beach between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. This ace golfing destination boasts a 6,500-yard championship course boasts a 6500 yard par 71 championship course. With a front nine surrounded by oak-lined valleys and a back nine following a tidal estuary, golfers of all abilities can be one with nature while you swing your iron and go for those birdies.

Blacklake Golf Course

Located in the friendly foothills of Nipomo, CA, the Black Lake Golf Course is renowned for its laid-back atmosphere, playability, and beautiful spot in the heart of California’s Central Coast. The course features 27 holes comprised of three nine-hole layouts. The numerous course combinations are laid out for varying skill levels (newbies, this one’s for you) which means you can visit again and again for a different experience each time.

Cypress Ridge

The Peter Jacobsen Signature Course at Cypress Ridge Golf Club in Arroyo Grande, CA, is challenging, gorgeous, and designed to mesh with and enhance the nature that surrounds it. Cypress Ridge has been certified by Audubon International as a Signature Sanctuary, making it a memorable experience for all golfers because of the beauty and the intricacies of the course. You’ll be so wrapped up in the lush green fairways, it’ll be easy to forget about your last bogey.

Monarch Dunes

Picturesque Nipomo, CA, is home to the Monarch Dunes, which has laid claim to a great number of tantalizing titles over the past several years including America’s Top 50 Golf Courses for Women (Golf Digest), Top 10 Par-3 Course (, America’s Best New Courses (Golf Week), and Southern California’s 20 Best Golf Courses (Golf Today). The two award-winning golf courses of Monarch Dunes include the 18-hole “Old Course” and the 12-hole, par-3 “Challenge Course,” both created to test your handicap in a good way.

Pismo Beach Golf Course

Looking for a more casual golfing experience to practice your skills or introduce a neophyte to the green? Head to the Pismo Beach Golf Course in Grover Beach, CA, where you can hit balls sunrise to sunset, seven days a week on their 9-hole, 3-par course.

Stay to Play in Pismo Beach

The stunning golf courses of Pismo Beach await you, so book your stay at a Pismo Beach hotel and enjoy all that the San Luis Obispo area has to offer beyond the fairway. The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel gives you direct beach access, an easy walk to the great Pismo Pier, and an ideal location to taste test the night life of SLO as a reward for your work on the green during the day. The gorgeous, temperate Central Coast of California boasts over 300 days of sunshine – that leaves you with plenty of time for golf, relaxation, and an invigorating stay in Pismo Beach.

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‘Tis the Season for Live Music in and Around Pismo Beach

When the sound of crashing waves isn’t enough music for your soul, the beat goes on throughout Pismo Beach. Don’t miss these live musical happenings as summer fades into fall.

Pismo Beach’s spiritual musical interlude

The picturesque Thousand Hills Ranch in Pismo Beach is the setting for Reveal 2012. Celebrate a night of live worship music under the Central Coast stars on Saturday, August 4, at 7 p.m.

Music is art in Pismo Beach

Have anything but a lazy Sunday at Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves, held the first Sunday of every month through November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live jazz, folk, rock, reggae, and world music accompany this unique outdoor art festival located cliffside along Pismo Beach.

Age does not apply to music and dance

You’re never too old to rock and roll, and the Senior Social at Pismo Beach Veterans’ Hall is just the place for young Baby Boomers and beyond. Welcoming an audience aged 50+, the monthly themed dance event is scheduled for Monday, August 13, at 1 p.m.

Give your regards to the Broadway of Pismo Beach

Broadway by the Sea takes place on Saturday, August 18, at 1 p.m. at the exclusive Chapman House by the Sea in Pismo Beach. This outdoor concert features the booming, beautiful voices of OperaSLO belting out Broadway tunes and more. Garden-strolling, picnicking, and scenery-gazing highly recommended.

Charming music of the Emerald Isle

Consider yourself lucky to attend the Young Ireland Concert at La Perla Del Mar Chapel in Pismo Beach on Thursday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. This father-son duo presents an evening of authentic Irish folk music, accompanied by local musicians Patrick Pearson on lead guitar, Bob Liepman on cello, and Dana Pearson on flute.

Even if you’re not attending an organized musical event, Pismo Beach is filled with beautiful music, from the harmonies of street musicians to the undiscovered talent in local restaurants and bars. Stay for a night, a weekend, or even longer at the only bluff top Pismo Beach hotel with direct beach access – the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel. Remove the ear buds and let in the notes of Pismo Beach – you’ll discover new, inspiring, and relaxing sounds that will make you want to return time and time again.

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Hold Your Own Olympics in Pismo Beach

There’s nothing like an international gathering of agile, coordinated, motivated athletes that makes you want to get off your couch and move your body. As the London Olympics kick off, you can carry your own torch for fitness. Thankfully, in Pismo Beach, the emphasis is on fun, and the getting fit part is just a bonus.

Say goodbye to monotony and challenge yourself to the Olympic-worthy sporting adventures that live and breathe in Pismo Beach.

Surfing U.S.A.

Gold-medal surfers will appreciate the soft waves and wind-blocking hills of Pismo Beach surfing, while wave newbies can take advantage of laid-back Pismo Beach surf lessons.

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Beach Volleyball

Envision yourself as Kerri Walsh or Misty May-Treanor? Hone your beach volleyball skills on the white sands of Pismo Beach. Rent a beach volleyball court north of Pismo Pier and get ready to show off your spiking prowess!


Rent a kayak or bring your own to the Pacific Ocean and explore the waves, rocks, caves, cliffs, coves, and beaches surrounding beautiful Pismo Beach. Life vests required!


Call on your inner Michael Phelps and bring along your Ryan Lochte frenemy to Pismo Beach for an old-fashioned swimming rivalry as you brave the break line of the mighty Pacific.


Endurance athletes can enter a solo mini-marathon running down the gorgeous coastline in the glow of a Pismo Beach sunset. Or opt for private, uninterrupted solace in the early hours as you pound the sand and run among the Oceano Dunes.


Far from being an Olympic sport, spelunking is nevertheless a respected physical feat for the adventurers among us. Explore the coves and caves that populate Pismo Beach and see what treasures you might dig up… bronze, silver, or gold.

Don’t forget about jet-skiing, sky-diving, kite boarding, and the tempting golf courses of Pismo Beach. Or if you consider shopping, dining, or wine tasting Olympic-worthy sports (which we do!) then Pismo Beach will satisfy in those departments too, offering up some of the finest hot spots on the Central Coast.

When your muscles are burning and you’re ready to rest for the day, put your feet up at one of Pismo Beach’s finest hotels, the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel and catch the Olympic highlights from jolly ol’ England. Make our Pismo Beach hotel your Olympic Village, with convenient beach access and unparalleled views.

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50 Reasons to Love Pismo Beach

pismo beach caIt only takes one or two special moments to fall in love with Pismo Beach, but in case you’re looking for a good excuse to visit (or stay for good), consider these 50 reasons to love this coastal paradise and all the majesty and entertainment the surrounding area holds.

  1.  The BEACH, of course!
  2. Splash Cafe’s “World Famous” Clam Chowder
  3. Oceano Dunes, the most popular California state park is just minutes away
  4. Close to wine country, wine tours, wine tastings…
  5. The 1,200-foot Pismo Pier – one of California’s most popular pier fishing destinations
  6. Surfing, surfing, surfing
  7. Scrumptious restaurants galore – chow down on everything from seafood to turkey nuts
  8. Clam digging
  9. Monarch butterflies!
  10. The Wine, Waves, and Beyond event that raises money for AmpSurf while you hit the waves
  11. The majestic bluffs
  12. Fabulous Pismo Beach hotels offering amazing ocean views (We know a good one if you need a recommendation!)
  13. Hummer Dune Tours
  14. Hiking
  15. The Pismo Outlets, where you can (and should) shop ‘til you drop without an ounce of guilt

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Pismo Beach is For (Art) Lovers

pismo beach artThey say, “Virginia is for Lovers.” We say, “Pismo Beach is for Art Lovers” (and beach lovers, and wine lovers, and surf lovers…). Whether art is your vocation, avocation, or simply something you appreciate, your travels to Pismo Beach will satisfy your need to see beauty, and trigger a fresh outbreak of creativity.

Enjoy Art in the Park

On the first Sunday of the month, from May through November, Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach is a lollapalooza of art, music, food, and even children’s activities. Over 100 local artisans and craftspeople gather to share their sculpture, paintings, textiles, jewelry, glass art, woodworking, and much more.

Get inspired after dark

Let the twilight motivate your artistic spirit. The first Friday of every month draws art lovers to downtown San Luis Obispo for the free event Art After Dark, sponsored by the non-profit ARTS Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Arts Council. This occasion showcases new art exhibits from established and emerging local artists in over 20 of the area’s galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces (like restaurants, salons, and boutiques).

Go gallery gazing

The art galleries of Pismo Beach are located downtown on Cypress and Pomeroy Avenues. Pay tribute to the likes of Thomas Kinkade or suck up the delicious art deco atmosphere of the Steynberg Gallery. Search for that one-of-a-kind contemporary gift at the Hands Gallery. Or simply amuse yourself and your muse by window shopping and street watching, absorbing the energy that is always available en masse in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Unexpected awakenings

Experiencing a writer’s block? Spending too much time staring at a blank canvas? If your medium and your right brain have hit a wall, get things flowing again by searching for illumination beyond Pismo Beach’s artistic offerings. Find artistic inspiration in the vineyards and wineries surrounding Pismo Beach, or on top of a surfboard and the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Book a getaway at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel – the only bluff top Pismo Beach hotel with direct beach access – where you’ll no doubt find your way to the dunes at dawn with sketchpad and coffee in hand.

Come to the Central Coast because you love art, but don’t be surprised if you leave with inspiration, satisfaction, and a plan to return and catch just one more majestic Pismo Beach sunset. That might sound cliché, but every good artist knows how to take the commonplace and make it exceptional.


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Pismo Beach Restaurants: Our Top Picks

pismo beach restaurantsWorked up an appetite while vineyard-hopping, dune-riding, or wave-cresting? Dig into our mini restaurant guide! These are our top picks for local eats among Pismo Beach restaurants, only a skip, hop, or wave away from the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel.

A Pismo Beach restaurant with a view

The view, the vino, the Ventana Grill. Did we mention the view? From appetizer to dessert, you won’t be able to forget that you’re dining on the Pacific Coast as you eat in this coastal bluff locale surrounded by the sound of crashing waves. Diners rave about the local wines, ahi salad, clam chowder, even the cucumber slice in the water glass – the coastal fusion cuisine of this Pismo Beach restaurant includes a tapas menu, gluten-free menu, and exclusive selection of tequila. Hearty and casual or elegant and refined, the Ventana satisfies your appetite.

Awwww, nuts!

Turkey Nuts, anyone? F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House thinks you should say an unequivocal “Yes!” Their hottest appetizer is deep-fried, golden brown, and served up in a mind-blowing 10,000 pounds annually. Authentic ranch-style cooking is buoyed by a matching atmosphere, high-spirited service, and genuine hospitality. Forget about donning your chaps and moseying on over to the saloon – run to MckLintocks and their ocean-view setting for legendary oak-pit barbecued steaks and ribs, seafood, and salads.

Ciao, bella!

Think all Pismo Beach restaurants are seafood oriented? Then you haven’t tasted the best of Rosa’s Italian Restaurant. This family owned and operated enterprise is the home of fine dining, award-winning recipes, classic Italian fare, and highly acclaimed specialties like cioppino, osso bucco, and tiramisu. Second-generation Executive Chef Douglas Cristallo MacMillan runs the kitchen, and their award-winning wine list accompanies the best of this unpretentious restaurant – you’ll feel like you’re sitting at Sunday dinner with the family you never knew you had.

Bring on the chowder

What do three types of clams and a casual beach-oriented café equal? A seafood shack serving 20,000 gallons of award-winning clam chowder annually. The patrons of Splash Café are welcomed into this Pismo Beach restaurant by a whimsical exterior and interior murals created by a local artist and fresh seafood entrees await, from ahi tuna tacos to hot fish and chips, to beach joint basics like burgers and dogs. Can’t bear to miss one minute of sunlight? Grab a bowl of Splash Café clam chowder and have a picnic at a table on the famous Pismo Pier.

Crack into fun food

If you’re on the hunt for a Pismo Beach restaurant that is quintessential “beach” food and atmosphere, the Cracked Crab is it. Clean, comfy, casual, and fun – emphasis on fun – this line from their website says it all: “Our concept is largely based on dumping a bucket of various shellfish on your table with a mallet, crab crackers, and other tools to get the job done. It can get messy, but hey, we clean it up!” So let your hair down, order a beer, and dig into their “in season” offerings gathered from local providers (butcher, baker, farmer). Not into fish, meat, or chicken? Fresh veggies, coming right up!

The piece de resistance of Pismo Beach restaurants: Mmmm, pie

And, of course, we must give some love to our delish neighbor restaurant serving home-style meals, Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery. You may want to start with dessert as Marie’s is famous for their legendary pies, but save room for the main course. Select from a wide variety of classic American foods from pot pies to BBQ ribs to a field greens salad with gorgonzola and pecan. When you’ve eaten your fill, enjoy a walk to the dunes via the direct beach access that the SeaCrest provides. Be sure to book your stay for as many nights as your stomach can allow… we’ve only covered local restaurants here. There are more Pismo Beach restaurants to be had in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and beyond…

Now that you’re in the know, get to Pismo Beach and enjoy your stay at our Pismo Beach hotel.  We look forward to seeing you!


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Cruise on Down to the Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show

pismo beach classic car showThe 27th Annual Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show rolls into town this weekend, June 15 – 17, 2012. This shindig is one of the nation’s largest spectator car events, drawing over 175,000 people to California’s Central Coast to indulge in the glorious vibe, view, and vehicular allure that is Father’s Day weekend in Pismo Beach.

A Wheelin’ Good Time at the Pismo Beach Car Show

The 1,000-vehicle Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show takes place in the downtown area of Pismo Beach and on the famous, breathtaking 1,200-foot Pismo Pier. Car lovers and the car-clueless alike can find enjoyment among the rims, hubcaps, bumpers, and gleaming paint jobs of the wheels on display. You’ll find all makes, models, and years of cars among the autos boasting their shine. Over 130 vendors will also be exhibiting at the car show so any shopping enthusiasts can get their fix along Pismo Pier.

Limo-Sized Entertainment in a Compact Pismo Beach Weekend

Trying to convince your sweetie that Pismo Beach is more than just chrome and steel this weekend? Entice anyone with the added attractions that accompany the car show happenings.

The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show’s Poker Run is a big hit among attendees. Take this self-guided tour at your leisure, stopping at the many wineries in and around Pismo Beach to pick up the cards you’ve been “dealt.” Feeling lucky? You can show your hand at any time and compete to win a cash prize. If your better half has never been a fan of Texas Hold ‘Em in the past, you’re likely to convert her with this competitive but low-pressure game.

Thursday night’s exclusive Gala Event – held by Just Cruzin’ Productions – always kicks-off the car show weekend and includes a giant charity auction and fashion show. All proceeds from this fundraiser are being donated this year to the Folds of Honor Foundation which provides for the spouses and children of soldiers who have been killed or disabled in service to our country.

Make It a Pismo Beach Vacation

If you’re headed to Pismo Beach specifically for the Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show, extend your stay – come early or hang around into next week so you can absorb the energy and offerings of this beloved city. Book your stay with us at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel – it’s the only bluff top Pismo Beach hotel with direct beach access and unparalleled views. Explore Pismo Beach proper or make the most of the lazy days of summer by catching some waves, casting a line from Pismo Pier, or zooming among the Oceano Dunes with high-caliber off-roading.

Drive your convertible, coupe, clunker, or bus to Pismo Beach this weekend. The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show is being presented by Mothers Polish – which is a sign, of course, that there’s no more appropriate place to spend Father’s Day weekend!

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P.S. Stop by the lobby at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel to get a limited edition, custom-designed Pismo Beach Car Show t-shirt.  While supplies last!


Fourth of July Fireworks and Fun in Pismo Beach: Are You In?

Fourth of July Fireworks Pismo Beach


The highlight of the summer is just one month away – where will you be celebrating Independence Day? If you have your mind set on a perfect escapist locale with a temperate climate, hit the road and head to Pismo Beach!

Summer is hot, so get cool in Pismo Beach

Need to decamp from the Inland Empire area (we know you’re boiling there!) and breathe some fresh, ocean air? Whether you’re Central Coast born and bred or seeking a great excuse to travel to one of California’s most happening and beautiful beaches, Fourth of July in Pismo Beach is the best time to make that excursion a reality.

Pismo Beach is known for its annual Fourth of July celebration, packed with music, food, and the stunning Grand Fireworks Display from its famous 1,200-foot Pismo Pier. Get a front-row seat on the sand or the promenade beside the pier so you can enjoy the sparkling, whizzing, popping extravaganza.

Pismo Beach is the go-to destination for reveling in lazy, hazy days of fishing from the pier, going full-tilt off-roading among the Oceano Dunes, or riding the waves.  And since the Fourth falls on a Wednesday this year, you have the perfect excuse to plan a long, long weekend away, so you can enjoy Pismo Beach from top to bottom.

Be a SeaCrest VIP on the Fourth

Celebrate the U.S. of A. before, during, and after the Fourth of July by planning more than just one day and night of revelry and pyrotechnics.

Whether you’re coming alone, with friends, as a couple, or bringing the whole family (including the dog), book your stay at the only bluff top Pismo Beach hotel with direct beach access – the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel. Claim your patch of sand on the Fourth before the crowds descend, so you have the best spot for firework-watching, music-listening, and general camaraderie and relaxation.

Want an even better view of the show? SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel is hosting a 4th of July VIP Party on our Rooftop Terrace for the over-21 crowd, which includes a tasty dinner, local wine and beer, happening entertainment, and premier seating for the Pismo Beach Grand Fireworks Display. Availability is limited, so reserve your space today by calling (805) 773-4608.


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Make Your Next Business Meeting or Event “Pismo Beach Casual”

pismo beach meetings and eventsWhile the ideal world would consist of play all the time, most professional folks would agree that the opportunity to at least mix work and play is the next best thing. So make Pismo Beach your destination for that family-friendly company gathering, work retreat, casual conference, or board meeting (turned “board” meeting). There’s nothing like sand, surf, and stunning sunsets to spark some amazing ideas, inspire brainstorming sessions, and serve as a picturesque backdrop for after-hours events.

Pismo Beach is the Convenient Coastal Destination for Business Casual

Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and just 10 minutes south of San Luis Obispo, the range of Pismo Beach activities stretches beyond the sloping dunes of California’s Central Coast. From wine tours and tastings to a few rounds of golf, trendy shops to five-star restaurants, Pismo Beach is a treasure trove for work-related excursions and off-hours shenanigans.

Whether you’re a straitlaced organization looking to let loose or a laid-back enterprise aiming to reinforce your company culture, Pismo Beach is booming with possibilities and oozing in casual grace.

The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel: More than Just a Meeting Facility

Here at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, we host a variety of functions, from team meetings to professional association gatherings. Attendees can stay on-site, making your get-together a convenient combo of seriousness and fun. Our casual five-acre park-like setting and direct beach access add that elusive special element to your offsite business meeting: opportunities for relaxation (because everyone needs a break from the business of work).

Family traveling with you? Our heated outdoor pool and outdoor hot tubs are great spots for them to indulge in some Pismo Beach leisure time. Or opt for a more energetic excursion, like ATVing on the Oceano Dunes, surf lessons, or Pismo Pier fishing.

A Host of Opportunities for Your Pismo Beach Business Meeting

Our spacious and comfortable hotel meeting areas can accommodate gatherings of up to 250 people, and we also have intimate meeting spaces for smaller groups, seminars, or workshops. The SeaCrest offers a glass-enclosed scenic rooftop terrace and ocean view BBQ areas for entertaining – no ties or suits allowed! (Not really, but we certainly recommend flip-flops and shorts.)

To simplify your offsite planning, our all-inclusive meeting packages are customized to suit your company’s needs, from readying the meeting space to arranging food and beverage services, from organizing audio-visual equipment rentals to booking a block of rooms for your attendees. Our hotel is also close to convenient travel options, including the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, Amtrak train stations, and Santa Maria Airport, and the Coast Flyer Daily LAX Shuttle is available.

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Download our Pismo Beach Meeting Planner Kit for the full details about meeting space floor plans and specific meeting information. Then contact us to request a consultation with a SeaCrest meeting coordinator. Your next meeting destination: Pismo Beach Casual.

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