Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Pismo Beach and Shell Beach - Things To Do

Pismo and Shell Beaches occupy two bays between Avila Beach and Grover Beach to the south.  These are laid-back ocean side communities that straddle Hwy 101.There are a host of things to do.  In February the Monarch butterflies settle here in a eucalyptus grove;

for shoppers there is an outlet mall on Five Cities Drive with a California information center;  in downtown Pismo visit the famous Tomasko saltwater taffy shop; taste a variety of local wines at Vino Versato;  watch the surfers on Pismo Beach near the pier, snap photos of the water birds: gulls, grebes and red-billed oystercatcher; play frisbee on the beach: walk and enjoy the sun on your face, the breeze in your hair and the sparkling water; have lunch at an ocean front restaurant near the pier or overlooking the bluffs at Pelican Point where you can see the pelicans glide by in formation.

In Shell Beach you can walk along the cliffs near Dinosaur Park;

kayak in the bay;

have a massage; keep fit at the Pismo Beach Athletic Club for $10/day or buy 5 passes for $35, take your coffee and muffin to the bluffs;

see the impressive selection of exotic beers at the liquor store, shop for food at the grocery store or at DePalo's fine food shop.

We spent an evening of absolute hilarity at Comedy Night at the Spyglass Hotel and swayed to the music at the Wednesday Night Jazz at the SeaVenture from 6-9. For a romantic treat stay in one of their beach front rooms and enjoy the hot tub on the balcony, the thick terry robes and have your breakfast while overlooking the blue Pacific.

By the way:  The San Luis Obispo Tribune lists what is happening each day and every Thursday the New Times gives a more extensive variety the week's happening and is available at no cost in many shops.

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