Recreational guide to Pismo Beach

All kinds of athletes at all kinds of levels from all over California make their ritualistic pilgrimage to Pismo Beach for all the action in store for these thrill seekers.

Their intensions? To ride ATVs on the sand, to surf on the ocean or to horseback ride where the waves meet the sand. Others like the feel of a dune buggy slinking around this beach scene while many prefer to bike their way around town and along the Pacific. All of the following activities and resources are Pismo Beach recreational opportunities that can't be beat.

Hiking and Biking

This neck of the California seashore is ripe with hiking and biking opportunities. One of the best, especially for cyclers, is the Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail. A nine minutes driving time from Pismo Peach, Avila Beach is at the start and the end of this dream route and so are bike rentals should you be without a two-wheeler for the occasion. That way, you'll be able to choose to peddle or to saunter past lush gardens, a meandering stream, and other flora that say California at its finest.

Dune Buggies and ATVs

Perhaps the best place on the craggy coast of California to rev up your engines while riding an off road vehicle, Pismo Beach has plenty of places to rent the vehicle of your choice. Choose from all kinds of ATVs to authentic dune buggies at Sunbuggy Fun Rentals where googles and helmets are part of the price for taking on the sand in this unforgettable way. Note: In most cases, ATV riders must be 18 years of age or older. Meanwhile, genuine Hummers are available for rent through Extreme Hummer Adventures.

Horseback Riding

Interested in riding private trails through dramatic Oceano on a horse of your liking? Hit up The Livery Stables (call 805-489-8100). Equestrians and expert guides will cover all kinds of area terrain, from sand to the celebrated dunes to specially strategized trails. Do partake in this serene slice of true California for a ride to remember.


Caves, cliffs, rocks, beaches and coves attract kayakers from all over for the thrill to take on the waters edging Pismo Beach. Not equipped? No worries. Don't know the territory? No problem. Pismo Beach Surf Shop can accommodate both dilemmas with rental rigs and memorable tours. There you go, now rock on via kayak in California, a necessary adventure for adventuresome visitors.


Feel like taking on the Pacific at sunrise or, for that matter, at any time you have free while visiting the Central Coast? Pismo Beach is by far the best place on the Central Coast for learning to surf or for surfing a place that is incredibly inspirational and impossibly beautiful. In need of assistance for this foray? Lean on Sandbar Surf, ideal for just about everything surf related, from private and group lessons to wetsuit and board rentals. Hang 10!

The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will pass through Pismo Beach on May 15 in Stage 5. Read more on the all-AXS guide to Amgen.

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