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Report from your shirtless host on Piamo beach State Park.
Beach camping @ Piamo is a hoot! The park has 5-6 miles of beach. You can drive right down on the beach for day use and camping on the beach is you get lucky to get a spot. The main park has full hook up.
You can rent 4 wheelers or bring your own. The park has horse trail's kayaking,surfing,fishing and more fun then a family can do in a day. But camping is fun but family camping is more fun.
The camp sites are nice and the camp host are great. If you are looking for alot to do Piamo beach has something for everyone and all ages.
Your Shirtless host Steve.
The quintessential California camping experience: check!
At Oceano Dunes SP, you can camp directly between the dunes and the ocean on the sprawling, beautiful Pismo Beach. This area is really recreational for ATV, 4-wheelers, etc... so on Saturdays and Sundays it's LOUD from ~10a to sunset. Fortunately, they're fun to enjoy and easy with rental places all over the beach.
Camping here is $10 and you get okay bathrooms at every post, but no fresh water. Since you camp with your car, it's quite easy to go in and out to grab extra supplies. You're allowed to cook and especially to build awesome bonfires here at night!
Be wary: decrease the pressure in your tires so you don't get stuck in the sand + bring WARM WARM WARM sleeping bags!
Campground isn't that great - just a big open area. Too crowded to be my style. But the dunes behind the campground, the boardwalk trail, and the access to everything in the area is amazing. Find a dune to sit on for sunset, one of the best sunset spots around :)
Pismo State Beach was named for the nearby city of Pismo Beach. Shell Beach and Sunset Palisades were originally home to Chumash village. Later on, Shell Beach became a source of agricultural land (mostly pea fields). In 1926, developer Floyd Calvert brought and developed the area. At first, Calvert’s vision created a local resort feel, but the area became mostly residential after World War II. Meanwhile, Sunset Palisades was the home to an oil refinery until after World War II when it also became residential.