Pismo Beach

Route Information: May 15, 2014 - Stage 5 Start

Pismo Beach is easy to get to, yet not so easy to leave…this Classic California beach town is ideally situated just off the scenic Pacific Coast Highway and Highway 101 in southern San Luis Obispo County, located on California's Central Coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific from numerous oceanfront lodging properties and cliff-top restaurants offering the freshest seafood and oak-pit barbeque steaks, or take a walk on the 1,200-foot historic Pismo Beach Pier and promenade. Pamper yourself in a luxurious, ocean front hotel, enjoy the comforts of home in a family-friendly vacation rental or become one with nature by staying in our award-winning RV Parks and State Park campground.

We've got places you will love to ride…the Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail trailhead is just a half-mile north. The trail is a well-paved, county-maintained bike trail, great for all levels of hiking and biking. It makes for an enjoyable, smooth (and mostly) flat ride with trail benches sprinkled throughout.

And, we have more wheels, you can rent sand buggies and ATVs to explore miles of rolling sand dunes on California's only drive-able beach, and go horseback riding along the water's edge. Take a lesson in surfing, boogie boarding or stand up paddle boarding by the famous Pismo Pier.

From biking and kayaking, to surfing and golfing, Pismo Beach offers an array of outdoor activities any time of year to fit any vacation style.

During the winter months, thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate to the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove, the world's most popular grove hosting an average of 25,000 butterflies each season over the last 5 years. Other wildlife includes dolphins, sea otters, California brown pelicans, migrating whales, and the Peregrine falcons. Although now greatly diminished, the Pismo clams were once so abundant they were harvested with plows on the beach, putting Pismo Beach on the map as the "Clam Capital of the World."

Sunset Magazine chose Pismo Beach for their Western Wine Awards & International Wine Awards annual dinners as "Pismo" has become the perfect pairing of "Wine & Waves." Discover Pismo Beach's unrivaled proximity to wine country, with 5 tasting rooms in downtown Pismo Beach and nearly 30 wineries within ten miles of the water's edge. Cheers to you visiting us soon!

"On behalf of the City Council and residents of Pismo Beach, I am delighted to "Welcome" The Amgen Tour of California 2014. Pismo Beach is very excited to showcase our beautiful coastline and classic California hospitality."
— Mayor, Shelly Higginbotham, Pismo Beach, CA