Have a Blast Riding the Oceano Dunes


oceano dunesOceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area was formerly known as the Pismo Dunes. This 1500 acre outdoor playground is a unique place where you can explore the dunes on your own ATV, sign up for a tour with an experienced driver, or rent an ATV and explore on your own. However you chose to enjoy these unique dunes, you will have the time of your life!

In addition to riding off-highway vehicles on the beach and in the dunes, visitors can enjoy camping on the beach. You can drive your own vehicle on the beach though four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. For camping reservation contact (800) 444-7275. Swimming, surfing, surf fishing, hiking, and bird watching are other popular activities.

ATV on the sand You will find the Audubon warbler, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and many shorebirds. The threatened snowy plover and the endangered California least tern nest with the dunes. During the breeding season, March 1 through September 30, you will find small fenced enclosures built around their nests to protect these birds and their offspring.

Clamming is permitted on the beach from sunrise to sunset. However, clammers must have a fishing license and a measuring device in their possession, Clams must be at 4 1/2 inches in length and the limit is 10 Pismo clams.

Take Time to Taste Wine at San Luis Obispo Wineries

Talley Vineyards Winery

Talley Vineyards – San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is well know for producing outstanding wines. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the grapes this area is mostly known for. However, the wineries do produce many other varietals that are also fantastic. Learn about the wineries in San Luis Obispo and plan to visit at least a few!

ATV Rentals and Tours

Arnies ATV Rentals

Address: 311 Pier Avenue, Oceano, CA 93445
171 N. 2nd St., Grover Beach, CA 93433
Telephone: (800) 213-1590

BJ’s ATV Rentals
Address: 197 Grand Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433
Telephone: (888) 481-5411

Pacific Adventure Tours
Address: 1300 Railroad St., Oceano, CA 93445
Telephone: (805) 481-9330
Tour the dunes in a hummer for an exciting adventure as a passenger.

Steve’s ATV Rentals
Address: 1205 Grand Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433
322 Pier Avenue, Oceano, CA 93445
Telephone: (805) 481-2597

Sun Buggie Fun Rentals
Address: 368 Pier Avenue, Oceano, CA 93445
Telephone: (805) 481-2768
You can rent a dune buggy with seating for 1 to 5 adults or sign up for a tour and leave the driving to an experienced driver.

Contact Information – Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area:

Information and Reservations
Address: 340 James Way, Su. 270, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Telephone: (805) 773-7170

Directions to Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area:
From State Highway 1 turn west on Pier Avenue.

Have you explored the Oceano Dunes? If you have, we would love to hear about your sand dune experiences. Please leave a comment below.


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Sounds like so much fun! We’ve never done that- mostly because Vegas loves the beach so we are always with him. But maybe we’ll have to leave him home one of these days (he’ll eventually forgive us! LOL)