Self described as “Classic California,” and made famous by Bugs Bunny, Pismo Beach is one of the biggest draws on the Central Coast. The stunning sunsets attract dozens of people every evening as they witness the vivid colors manifest in the sky and then disappear into the ocean horizon. Traffic sometimes backs up due to whale migration visible from the highway. The natural beauty evident here gives local residents an “on vacation” feeling all year long.
On average, there are 282 sunny days per year in Pismo Beach. The July high is around 70 degrees. The January low is 43. The climate in Pismo Beach is warm and temperate. The winter months are much rainier than the summer months. The summers are warm, arid, and clear, and the winters are cool, wet, and partly cloudy.
Thanks to miles of sandy beach, Pismo Beach is an outdoor playground in the sun. The beautiful coastline provides opportunities for swimming, kayaking, world-class surfing, fishing, horseback riding, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Check out the newly opened hiking trails in the hills for an oceanview adventure. Check out the affordable golf course near the beach, and explore the Dinosaur Caves. There are also wine-tasting rooms and shopping–either at local stores or the Premium Outlet Center. The Monarch Butterfly Grove is a seasonal attraction that is a wonder of nature. Annual Events include the Classic Car Show, Art in the Park, Surf Festival, Surfing for Hope Longboard Contest, Clam Festival, and Turkey Trot. A huge fireworks event at the pier is planned annually for July 4.
Pismo Beach offers an oceanfront elementary school in the community of Shell Beach and an ocean view middle school. The Lucia Mar Unified School District boasts a top 15% ranking within the state. The student/teacher ratio is 18:1. There is one private K-12 school, and the student/teacher ratio is 10:1. Cal Poly and Cuesta College are 15 minutes away to the north, and Allan Hancock College is 15 minutes away to the south.
The median home value in Pismo Beach is $854,673. Home values increased 10.2% over the past year, and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.4% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Pismo Beach is $526, which is higher than the San Luis Obispo Metro average of $366.
Enjoy seaside classics like fish-’n’-chips and coastal seafood dishes. You will find elegant oceanfront dining and casual, California-style restaurants. Don’t miss the famous clam chowder that is often a competition among Pismo Beach restaurants.
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