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Oceano provides one of the only beaches in California where it is legal to drive.  The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is open year-round. The area is popular with truck and dune buggy enthusiasts, as well as those looking to beat the heat, so reservations are recommended (particularly on holidays). Campsites are available year-round on the beach and in the open dune area, and include bathroom facilities. Other activities include swimming, surfing, surf fishing, and hiking the dunes to gain spectacular views of the dramatic coastline. The famous Pismo Clam can be found here, too. Clammers must have a valid fishing license and rigid measuring tool (clams must measure at least 4 1/2” to be harvested), and the bag limit is 10 Pismo clams. Even without the appropriate vehicle, visitors can still enjoy thrill rides on the Oceano Dunes with touring companies like Pacific Adventure Tours who do all the driving in their fleet of real USMC Humvees.

If driving on the beach isn't your thing, ride horseback on the beach. For those who have always wanted to stay, play and gallop on the beach, Pacific Dunes Riding Stables makes riding horseback a fun and safe bucket-list experience. The ranch offers one-hour trail rides on the beach and dunes with their own horses and gear, led by an experienced guide. Overnight boarding is also available for those bringing their own horse, as well as an arena and round pen. Pacific Dunes Riding Stables includes full hookup RV sites for long-term stays, as well as a clubhouse, game room and meeting room. The Ranch boasts a large barbecue area and picnic tables with magnificent sunset views.

For the golf enthusiast, play a round in three of the county’s finest golf courses, all in one destination. Each of Nipomo’s three golf resorts boasts world-class courses and amenities. A high-end golf resort with a laid-back vibe, Blacklake Golf Resort offers 27 holes in three nine-hole layouts for a unique golfing experience that challenges even the best golfer’s game. Monarch Dunes Golf Club includes a traditional 18-hole course as well as a challenge course comprised of 12 three-par holes. At Cypress Ridge, enjoy an award-winning championship course (also a Peter Jacobsen Signature Course) voted one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places To Play” (and one of the Central Coast’s most sought-after wedding venues). All three resorts offer private instruction, while Blacklake and Monarch Dunes each also offer dining options.

Things to do in Oceano & Nipomo

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Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens is known throughout California as a perfect romantic Bed & Breakfast getaway & as "The Place" in the California Central Coast to hold your garden Wedding & Reception in our acre of beautiful flower-fill More Details
The Oceano Inn awaits your arrival to this scenic, coastal spot along the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1 in California. More Details
Sometimes you just need a vacation rental Fit for a King in California. The coast is calling at this retreat near Pismo Beach. More Details
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Events in Oceano & Nipomo

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Sep
24
Automotive Classic at Trilogy Monarch Dunes
September 24 to September 25, 2022
Nipomo
Experience cars at the course...the Automotive Classic returns to Trilogy Monarch Dunes in Nipomo
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Oct
8
Open Studios Art Tour
October 08 to October 16, 2022
San Luis Obispo County
Free to the public, fine artists and crafters open their studios to showcase their art and share their process.
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Oct
28
Nipomo
Grab your ghouls and goblins for a spooktackular good time.
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Nov
4
MIDLAND: The Last Resort
November 04, 2022
Avila Beach
MIDLAND: The Last Resort hits Avila Beach, CA on November 4, 2022, with Special guest Jonathan Terell!
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Where to Eat in Oceano & Nipomo

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Fresh sushi in a welcoming atmosphere. More Details
Come in and try the famous Lava Bombs! More Details
Just steps from the Oceano Dunes, Pier St. Deli serves deli sandwich favorites like hot pastrami and french dips, along with cold options including turkey club or the avocado delight. More Details
Don't let the facade fool you, a stop at The Mayor's Place is well worth it. More Details
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