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Pismo Caves

San Luis Obispo, CA
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Pismo Caves, San Luis Obispo California

Description

The caves, sometimes called Dinosaur Caves, on the northern end of Pismo Beach are so amazing they seem almost unreal. Some are yellow and others are an army design of white and bright grey. The yellow caves are jagged whereas the white ones are smooth and curve in the shape of waves. Venture inside and you can see the sky through windows in the caves. Stairs lead up one wall of white and it looks for a moment like you are in Greece. Sea stacks sit bizarrely in the middle of the sand, surrounded by Cal Poly students playing frisbee and taking secret sips of beer.
There are several public staircases that lead down to the beach and caves. One is on Wilmar Avenue (see directions below).
You can walk north along Price Street to an inspiring lookout where pelicans perch on steep sea cliffs: Shell Beach Panoramic Lookout.
Named after these caves is Dinosaur Caves Playground, on the cliffs above the beach.

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The Wilmar Avenue stairs.
The Wilmar Avenue stairs.
View of Pismo Pier from the Wilmar Avenue stairs.
View of Pismo Pier from the Wilmar Avenue stairs.
Sea stack on the sand.
Sea stack on the sand.
White cliffs and Cal Poly students.
White cliffs and Cal Poly students.
People walking along the shore at Pismo Beach.
People walking along the shore at Pismo Beach.
Sea stack and Cal Poly students.
Sea stack and Cal Poly students.
The yellow cliffs.
The yellow cliffs.
Yellow pointed cliff.
Yellow pointed cliff.
My favorite- the white caves.
My favorite- the white caves.
Wall of white.
Wall of white.
Window in the white cave.
Window in the white cave.
Gorgeous shapes.
Gorgeous shapes.
Deep in the white cave.
Deep in the white cave.
Stairs on white rock.
Stairs on white rock.
Party girl and guy at the Pismo Caves.
Party girl and guy at the Pismo Caves.
Checking out the caves.
Checking out the caves.
The white curves and the stairs.
The white curves and the stairs.
Jagged yellow rock.
Jagged yellow rock.
A mom and teenage daughter walk beside the sea stack.
A mom and teenage daughter walk beside the sea stack.
Sea stack and pointed rock.
Sea stack and pointed rock.
Pismo Caves, seen from above, from Shell Beach Panoramic Walk (see entry).
Pismo Caves, seen from above, from Shell Beach Panoramic Walk (see entry).
Looking through the cave's arch to the ocean.
Looking through the cave's arch to the ocean.
One of the caves!
One of the caves!
The caves, below a hotel.
The caves, below a hotel.
Looking up at the cliffs.
Looking up at the cliffs.
The rock formations at the beach!
The rock formations at the beach!
Strange white kelp balls on the shore.
Strange white kelp balls on the shore.

Directions

To find the stairs with your GPS, you can use this address: 311 Wilmar Ave, Pismo Beach CA 93449.
There is plenty of parking along the road because the staircase is long and less popular.
From Highway 101 northbound, exit at Wadsworth Avenue and turn left. Turn right on Price St and go six or seven blocks until you see a "Coastal Access" sign on the right. Turn left there on Wilmar Avenue. Park along the road.
From Highway 101 southbound take the Price St exit and turn left on Price St. Turn right on the third street, Wilmar Ave. Park along the road.
You can also access the beach from the short, public staircase or handicapped lift at Seacrest Hotel at 2241 Price St, just north on Price Street from the Wilmar Ave stairs.

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Visitor Ratings

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Jacob
09/18/2016 08:35
A great view while I study on the sand.

HJ
11/05/2009 21:18
freakin amazing.

Adrienne
10/22/2009 19:33
i love that cave

Barbara
10/15/2009 14:48
White sand, cool caves, blue water. Beautiufl place to live or visit.

Bryan
10/01/2009 14:20
Aaahhh, Pismo - the memories.

Last Updated Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:32:08 GMT