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Pismo Beach is a strange maze of run-down buildings, sidewalks, and promenades that join up in a crooked fashion. Its beachy feel could be cute but somehow isn't. Rugged, friendly types hang out on the promenade, which is a wide wooden walkway that takes you on a long, chilly walk. You can walk all the way from Pomeroy Ave to Addie Street on the promenade and see views of the lagoon on the east end.
The pier is impressive: tall, wide, and long. The beach is too wide and hazey to enjoy that much, but the abundance of fine sand is nice. There are swings on both the west and east end of the promenade, and there's a strange playground slide at Addie St that has been sunk by sand.
It's fun to join the buzzing crowds that make their way up Pomeroy Avenue past the colorful 1970s cafes and surf stores. The haziness of the area, which I assume is caused by all the sand particles from Oceano Dunes, causes bright pink sunsets, which you can watch from the pier.
Walk north from the pier up Pomeroy Ave and then turn right on Price Street. A restaurant with cozy atmosphere and peekaboo ocean views from some of the tables is Thai Talay. Get the soup, which comes in a flame-lit bowl. Don't leave without trying the delicious custard that comes in a coconut shell. The main meals are too sweet, but there aren't many good dining choices in Pismo Beach.
There are way more beautiful spots that you must check out while in this area! The absolute best is the Shell Beach Panoramic Walk- this is one of the most beautiful spots on earth, with the rock stacks on one side and the waves rolling into Pismo Beach on the other! Also lovely is the
Monarch Butterfly Preserve- the butterflies come from November to February, and the sand dunes are pretty. If you need a playground for your kids, Chumash Park has two large playgrounds, one for toddlers and the other very high up and for big kids. A fantastic playground is Dinosaur Caves Park, with dinosaur eggs to hide in and whales and dolphins to climb.
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To get to the main street with restaurants you can use this address: 209 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach CA 93449.
From Highway 1, turn toward the ocean on Pomeroy Avenue.
From Highway 101 northbound, exit at Wadsworth Ave. Turn left at the exit and then left on Highway 1/Dolliver St. Turn right at Pomeroy Ave.
From Highway 101 southbound, exit at Highway 1/Dolliver St. Turn right at Pomeroy Ave.
There is free parking along the side streets, such as Cypress St. Parking on Pomeroy Ave or in the outdoor parking lot between Pomeroy Ave and Hinds Ave costs $2 per hour from 10-6pm daily and there are parking pay machines that take credit cards. There are restrooms at the pier- I didn't brave them so I'm not sure if they're clean!
Thai Talay Restaurant, 601 Price St, Pismo Beach CA 93449.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.