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From kayaking to kiteboarding, hiking trails to nature walks, bike paths to ATV riding, there is no shortage of outdoor adventure in Pismo Beach, and the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel can introduce you to all of it. Take an ATV ride over the Oceano Dunes, earn your badge at spelunking, or go for a test sail on a paddleboard. The fresh air, fine waves, and temperate weather are all good, all the time.


The Central Coast has some of the world’s most serene hiking trails, with varying degrees of difficulty. So whether you’re a novice or a seasoned expert, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Many of the hikes start from nearby San Luis Obispo and offer spectacular views of the city, surrounding vineyards, and organic farmlands. The cool coastal climate makes it easy to enjoy and explore waterfalls, caves, sand dunes, and the famous pygmy oaks.

Please click here for more information about hiking trails near Pismo Beach.

Ideal Staff Picks for an Adventure Stay

Day 1: Welcome to Pismo Beach

4:00pm check in

After dropping off your luggage and settling into your room, head to Avila Beach!

Once you’re ready for a meal, call ahead to make reservations at the local favorite:

Ventana Grill: Self-proclaimed “coastal fusion”, Ventana Grill is known for their fusion of Latin foods with traditional American food and seafood. Again, if you make it to this restaurant before sunset, ask for a window view table to get those amazing sunset views!

 Day Two: Adventure Day

Rise and Shine and take a brisk walk to Ventana’s Sunday brunch! This restaurant is located north of the hotel and will only take you five minutes to get there.

Let the adventure begin:

  • Shop in downtown San Luis Obispo

Lunch: High Street Deli

Dinner: Giuseppe's


There is no better way to enjoy the wonderful furry, feathered, and flippered residents of the sea. With numerous kayaking opportunities along the fine bays, beaches, estuaries, and lakes, you can meet otters, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and a variety of birds. Venture out yourself, or hire an expert guide. Ask one of our friendly staff members at The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel and we can make all the arrangements for you.

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Oceano Dunes

With 8 miles of towering sand dunes the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is ideal for horseback riding, picnics, hiking, guided nature walks, and camping.  For the adventurous, four wheel ATV riding on the dunes is a thrill not to be missed.

Our huge three-tiered parking lot is big enough to fit any OHV or toy hauler that you bring along to enjoy the dunes.

Some local ATV rental shops are:

Santa Margarita Zip-line Adventure Package

Are you ready for a one-of-a-kind adventure? This is the experience of a lifetime and the perfect package for you! You will embark on four distinct ziplines spanning more than 3,000 combined feet, starting with an epic 1,300-foot valley crossing and finishing with forested vineyard views. Along the way, you will learn about the ranch’s sustainable winegrowing practices and role as part of California’s famed Mission Trail. You will also experience the ranch’s diverse plant and wildlife habitats, as well as its legacy as one of  California’s oldest continuously operated cattle ranches.

Package Includes:

  • A one night stay in an oceanview guestroom
  • Breathtaking views of Pismo Beach and the Pacific Ocean
  • Zip-lining for two in Santa Margarita by Margarita Adventures
  • Optional wine tasting following at Ancient Peaks Winery 

Tour Details

  • Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours, including zip-line canopy tour
  • Tour includes guided transportation and canopy tour guides
  • You may also opt to visit the tasting room of their affiliated Ancient Peaks Winery, specializing in artisan wines grown on the ranch. Tour guests enjoy a 20% savings on wine purchases, and the tasting fee is waived with the purchase of one or more bottles.

Must be 21 or over to book. Blackout dates apply, not available on holidays. Not valid with any other discounts. Must book 72 hours in advance.


Surf Camp Package

Package includes:

  • A one night stay in an OceanView King or CoastalView 2 Queen room
  • Surf camp by Shell Beach Surf Shop
  • Surfboard and wetsuit rental

Surf camp runs from the third week of June. Subject to availability. Not valid with any other discounts. Must book 72 hours before arrival.