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Don’t Miss what’s in Pismo’s Backyard

 

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Whether you frequent Pismo Beach or are visiting for the first time, we have a nature-inspired, interactive experience we would like to share with you. While most people have heard of the Oceano Dunes, less have heard of the Pismo Nature Center and the Oceano Lagoon. Both are scenic treasures located within the Oceano Campground at Pismo State Beach and welcome daily visitors to its peaceful location.

Thanks to Harold Guiton, the lagoon has been a part of the state park system since the 1930s. He not only previously owned the lagoon and its surrounding area, but saw its importance in the Pismo community and was happy to donate it for public use

What can you experience today?

The Guiton Trail, named after Harold, makes its way around the entire lagoon in a one mile loop. You can explore walk-through gardens of native plants, trees, and shrubs that represent five coastal habitats:

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Create Your Own Yoga Retreat in Pismo Beach

Yoga woman in serene sunset at beach doing pose

Pismo Beach is known for its delightful atmosphere that invites relaxation, rejuvenation, and refocus for your everyday life. If you are planning a Pismo Beach getaway, we invite you to consider adding a new activity to your days of beach walking, clam chowder eating, and kite flying – yoga.

Adding yoga to your Pismo Beach experience can accomplish more than you think. So, what are these benefits?

The Potential Benefits of Yoga

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Improved respiration
  • Improved energy
  • Balanced metabolism
  • Weight loss
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury
  • Less chronic pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced insomnia
  • Aid in stress management through the development of coping skills and reaching a positive outlook

This list was compiled from an article featuring Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor.

I’m Digging This Yoga Idea – Now What?

Whether you are planning a retreat for one or organizing a large group event, there are options available to create the yoga experience you desire.

Check out these 4 recommended yoga studios and athletic clubs in Pismo Beach:

1. Harmony House Yoga

Harmony House Yoga is located at 991 Price Street in Pismo Beach. This studio welcomes and supports all people who walk through the door, providing a genuine yoga experience with all its benefits. A wide selection of classes are available every day, so you are sure to find the perfect class to meet your goals.

Discover the class that is right for you: Choose from Ashtanga, Candlelight Yin, Chair Yoga, Gentle Flow, Gentle Yoga, Hatha, Kids Yoga, Power Flow, Prana Vinyasa, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, and Yoga Basics.

You may also choose to attend a pre-scheduled workshop. These evening and weekend workshops encourage a deep understanding for a lifelong passion and desire for the practice of yoga. Checkout their upcoming offerings to see if one fits into your Pismo retreat.

2. Yoga Shala

If you are looking for a private session for your Pismo Beach retreat, Yoga Shala is your place. They offer private sessions for 4+ people in their Shell Beach studio which is located at 205 Windward Avenue, just a five minute drive from downtown Pismo Beach. Private sessions for 1-2 people can be scheduled for just about anywhere. Beach yoga anyone?

A schedule of classes is also available if you do not want to book a private session.

3. Dancing Dragon Wellness Studio

This very intimate studio is located at 555 Shell Beach Road. It offers a variety of highly specialized, small classes specifically designed to work with your mind and body for a balanced you.

Checkout their scheduled classes or contact them to create your own customized session during your stay in Pismo.

4. Pismo Beach Athletic Club

The Pismo Beach Athletic Club offers one day passes to their facility equipped for both challenging workouts and relaxation time. Their selection of classes includes various yoga sessions including a special beach yoga class during the spring and summer months. Find the Pismo Beach Athletic Club at 1751 Price Street.

Are you ready to design your own Pismo Beach yoga retreat or enjoy the benefits of a yoga class in between your other vacation activities? Let the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel be your destination headquarters. Located just five minutes or less from the listed yoga studios, and athletic club, as well as being steps from the sandy beach, SeaCrest will make sure your getaway weekend is restorative, blissful, and genuinely relaxing.

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Your Wheels Await You: Exploring Pismo Beach via Cycle

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How do you enjoy exploring Pismo? There are countless ways to take in the beautiful wildlife, luscious landscapes, historic pier and the energetic downtown, but one of our favorites is by bike.

Whether you choose to travel the road, trail, or sand, a bike is ready to help you explore Pismo’s natural beauty or take you on a terrific adventure. We can guarantee it will be a memorable seaside town experience worth repeating over and over again!

Choosing the Right Bike for You

A surrey or double surrey is a four wheel cycle perfect for the whole family. Two or four people can easily hop on board for a cruise down the Pismo Beach boardwalk.

Try a Deuce Coupe, Chopper or Quad Sport for a comfortable seated ride anywhere in town.

A Fun Cycle, also known as a Banana Peel, is a unique cycle designed specifically for taking to the sand. It’s one of the best ways to explore Pismo’s gorgeous white sand beaches.

If a traditional bike is more your style, try a Cruiser or Tandem that will easily take you anywhere there’s a road.

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Why It Pays to be a Beach Bum

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Pismo Beach

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Have you ever wondered why common resolutions often include more exercise, finding more energy, spending more time with family and friends and finding more time for yourself? It’s because these things are all important for our well-being, physically and mentally. We are proud of you for embracing them!

If any of the above items are on your list of New Year’s resolutions this year, did you know the beach can help you keep them all? The beach offers rejuvenating powers just waiting for you to tap into. The promise of a better mood and a more productive spirit are just a few sandy steps away.

Here are 4 reasons to consider being a “beach bum” in 2015.

1. The beach encourages relaxation

If someone asks you to think of a relaxing vacation, what do you think of? Did you picture some version of a Corona commercial? The beach and relaxation go hand in hand. Often we are actively trying to let something go when we visit the beach. But numerous studies have also shown the beach is literally a playground for your senses that physically evokes calming effects on our body.

The sand – a relaxing tactile stimulus.

The water – captures you visually with its aquatic blue hue is shown to have soothing properties.

The sound – an ocean’s soundtrack can signal the brain to release dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good chemicals.

2. The beach fosters exercise

Whether encouraging you to take a walk with your family dog or get out for a vigorous run, the beach is a temptress for physical activities. The beautiful views, fresh air, and sunny milieu call your name.

Many people believe the ocean air improves breathing carrying negative ions that aid in rejuvenating the body and improving mood. Safe sun exposure helps the body produce vitamin D, a factor that helps with bone strength and calcium absorption.

Just be aware of the hazards of too much unprotected time in the sun, otherwise get out and get moving.

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Get Your Cold Weather Food Fix in Pismo

Restaurant Month in Pismo Beach

While Pismo is known for agreeable weather all year long, it does get a bit colder during the winter months. Thankfully, this is no reason to be blue because cold weather food remedies can be found around every corner. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Pismo has it all.

Here are some of our favorite restaurants that offer fabulous winter fixings.

Old West Cinnamon Rolls

If you have ever cruised down Dolliver Street and seen a line of people stretching out the door of the local bakery, you know it is none other than Old West Cinnamon Rolls. Winter mornings beg for warm cinnamon rolls and warm conversations, and this place delivers. And be warned, you will regret forgetting to pick up some locally roasted coffee while you are there!

Open daily 6:30am to 5:30pm. Located at 861 Dolliver Street, Pismo Beach, 805.773.1428.

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Your Pismo Beach Bucket List for 2015

New year 2015

2015 is right around the corner. And if you are like us, you are considering what Pismo Beach has to offer you this year. We have found an abundance of activities to choose from, but we have decided to pare them down to 12 must-do activities this year.

Here it is! Our Pismo Beach bucket list for 2015:

1. Sea kayaking

Stunning rocks, mysterious caves and coves, daring cliffs and beautiful beaches; Pismo Beach provides the perfect environment for kayaking.

Rentals and tours are offered through:

Central Coast Kayaks

Pismo Beach Dive Shop

Pismo Beach Surf Shop

2. Biplane rides

Banner Airways offers the best views of Pismo Beach, from the sky! An open-cockpit WWII biplane is available for the tour of your choice. From simple pier and dunes tours to what they call “an all-out Top Gun Flight”, there is a tour for everyone.

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Beach Hopping in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach Beaches

Have you ever noticed the uniqueness of individual beaches? While most are known for attracting some type of crowd, it’s not always about the best place to get a sun tan. Some beaches are known for exploration, some for running and others as surfing hotspots. Here in Pismo Beach we are lucky to be near some of the best beaches in California and each offers its own activities, sightseeing opportunities, and all around excitement to its visitors.

During your next Pismo Beach vacation we invite you to consider spending a couple days finding out what each of our beaches is about. Here are 5 recommended beach hopping opportunities to get you started.

Beach #1: Pismo Beach at the Pier

This classic beach offers all the popular beach-going activities. Stretch out in a beach chair or opt to join a pick-up game of volleyball. This jog-friendly and dog-friendly area is the perfect place to get some exercise and let your four-legged friends enjoy the sun, sand, and water.

When you need a break from the sand take a stroll downtown where there is easy access to a wide variety of restaurants and shops for your culinary and retail needs. Then, take a walk down the pier to enjoy more stunning beach and ocean views. Plan for a sunset walk as the month of December brings a beautiful Christmas tree of lights to the end of the pier.

Beach #2: The Oceano Dunes

Looking for a beach to ride a horse? Or is motor vehicle recreation more your style? The Oceano Dunes located just south of Pismo Beach offers the perfect place to get out and experience some real beach adventures. As the only California State Park where you can drive vehicles on the sand, the Oceano Dunes is safe for passenger vehicles on the north side while four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for access to camping sites and the off highway vehicle use areas.

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A Romantic Holiday in Pismo Beach

As you plan your winter vacation this year, opt to take off the chill with a visit to Pismo Beach. The town known for its romantic excursions is the perfect place to fall in love. And the best part is there is something to accommodate every type of couple.

So, what kind of couple are you?

The “Adventurous” Couple

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If the great outdoors constantly calls your names, you are likely an adventurous couple. You enjoy exploring and taking in all that nature can provide be it great views, exercise, historical outings or exhilarating feats. With an average winter high of 65 degrees, you can get out and get active anytime in Pismo Beach. Try hiking, running, exploring the beach, surfing or horseback riding, just to name a few of Pismo’s great outdoor adventures.

The “Wine and Dine” Couple

Restaurant Month in Pismo Beach
Do you enjoy experiencing delicious meals complete with the charm of stunning ocean views? Pismo Beach restaurants will satisfy. Whether you love fine wine, are discriminating foodies or simply love a night out, you will find the perfect romantic setting within your price range.

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Why Pismo Beach Locals Love Their Town and Why You Will Too

Pismo Beach is a special town. The mix of scenic sights, outdoor adventures and extraordinary people make it one of the best places in the world to live and vacation.

Here are 7 reasons why we love Pismo Beach:

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1. An “Old California Spirit”

When people think of a California beach town, they often picture relaxing bike rides and barbeques in the sand – a place where people can truly let go their everyday worries. Not every beach town in California can be described this way anymore. Too much traffic, too many people and too many regulations interrupt the beauty and enjoyment of the beach. But Pismo remains as what California once was, thriving in a throwback to endless summers gone by. So, embrace the ability to literally drive on the beach, park your vehicle, setup camp and take in all the ocean and sand has to offer.

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Pismo Beach: Find Your Message in a Bottle

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A mere month ago a family embarked on a lovely vacation in Pismo Beach. They planned to go fishing and enjoy the sandy beach, but they ended up experiencing much more.

According to a KSBY news article, the family had not been willing to give up on their day of fishing although the sky was uncharacteristically dark and clouded and the ocean’s increasing tide was an obvious challenge. It’s a good thing they decided to endure the rough weather because David Wilson, while half underwater and attempting to rescue his sandal from the ocean’s grasp, felt something hit his hand. David was able to get ahold of the foreign object and was astonished when he retrieved a message in a bottle.

Now, who hasn’t imagined finding a message in a bottle? Whether for adventurous or romantic notions, I think we all have dreamt up a story of discovering such an item, even if we were just kids at the time. We end up captivated by the discovery, adventure, hope and inspiration that arises from reading a note that could have traveled 2,000 or more miles, written in any number of languages for so many different reasons and resulting in a chance connection with another human life.

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