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Enjoy an unforgettable vacation at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach. Whether you’re up for a fun-filled escape or you prefer to just snooze on the beach, you’ll enjoy a wide range of activities and things to do in Pismo Beach

Wondering what to do during your stay in Pismo Beach? Lounge the day away by our oceanview outdoor heated swimming pool. Or soak up some sun, sand, and surf from our private access beach.

Once you decide to venture out and explore Pismo Beach, our friendly guest services staff is available to arrange for tee times, adventure activities, sightseeing tours, and countless other fun things to do during your stay in Pismo Beach.

Beaches

What does a great day on the beach look like? Surfing, swimming, sandcastles, and a relaxing stroll along the sandy shoreline, of course. Step off the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel’s lawn onto the pristine stretch of Pacific Ocean beach right in our backyard, take a shoreline stroll down to the vibrant Pismo Pier or head over to Avila Beach to enjoy the beauty of the cove and the gentle, rolling surf.  

Please click here for more information about beaches in San Luis Obispo County.

Check out this amazing "birds eye view" video of Pismo Beacgh. Explore your favorite beachfront California destination through this Flying over Pismo Beach video. This video encapsulates the best of Pismo Beach including, the iconic Pismo Pier, Dinoasaur Park, Edna Valley Wine Country, extraordinary views of the coastline, and of course, the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel!

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle® is a must-see for any California visitor.  It was originally built as a private estate for publisher William Randolph Hearst. Today it is open to the public daily for guided tours (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days) and is owned and operated by the California State Parks Department.

Various tours are available but allow at least 3 hours time for your Hearst Castle visit. Hearst Castle® Tour Reservations are very strongly recommended and can be made through the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel or directly by calling (800) 444-4445 or online at www.HearstCastle.com.

For driving directions, map and mileage to Hearst Castle, please visit www.hearstcastle.com/visitors_center/directions.asp.

Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a nationally ranked, public university located in San Luis Obispo just minutes from our Pismo Beach California hotel. With more than 18,000+ students, an excellent academic reputation, a unique learning environment, and a 6,000-acre main campus nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is a popular choice for students from around the world.

Visit the Cal Poly website.

Phone: (805) 756-1111

Wine Tasting “Wine-n-Waves” Style

San Luis Obispo County boasts over 300 wineries, stretching from Paso Robles to Arroyo Grande.  The two regions are as distinct in the wines made as they are in their weather patterns.  But one thing remains the same - quality wines made in a hands-on artisan fashion with a total emphasis on delivering the California lifestyle.

The SLO wine region of Edna Valley is not more than 10 minutes from the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel. Here, the climate is cool enough for buttery Chardonnays and complex Pinot Noir, among other varietals.

The Paso Robles area is home to the majority of wineries in San Luis Obispo County, where the weather and terroir are conducive to producing bold reds of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and many Rhone varietals.

Create the perfect combination of Wine and Waves when you stay at the beach and enjoy a trip inland to taste our award-winning wines.

View a list of some of our favorite wineries.

April 25, 2015 Taste of Pismo

June 5-7, 2015 Chardonnay Symposium

Golf Courses

Take your buddies or meeting partners out to the most spectacular golf courses in the United States! Explore the lush ground of our favorite local golf resorts in the Pismo Beach area!

 Avila Beach Golf Resort

6464 Ana Bay Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA
(805) 595-4000
7.3 miles from the SeaCrest

Cypress Ridge Golf Course
780 Cypress Ridge Pkwy, Arroyo Grande, CA
(805) 474-7979
8.9 miles from the SeaCrest

Monarch Dunes Golf Club
1606 Trilogy Pkwy, Nipomo, CA
(805) 343-9459
13.5 miles from the SeaCrest

 Blacklake Golf Course

1490 Golf Course Ln., Nipomo, CA
805.343.1214
13.7 miles from the SeaCrest

Oceano Dunes

About 10 minutes South of the SeaCrest, you'll find the beloved Oceano Dunes! Whether you have "toys" or not, the Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where you can drive right ontl the beach! Make this adventure extra special and contact local rental companies such as Pacific Adventure Tours or Xtreme Hummer Adventures and rent ATVs or take a Hummer tour through the dunes.

SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel
Iconic Pismo Beach Hotel

2241 Price Street Pismo Beach, CA 93449 (805) 773-4608

The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

2241 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA. 93449

Ventana Grill

2575 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA, (805) 556-3641

With an atmosphere that channels the four elements, Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach immerses guests in the enchanting pleasures of the natural world. Dine surrounded by the rhythmic serenade of waves crashing on the beach below. The stylish dining room sits perched on a coastal bluff, treating guests to an endless view of azure blue and rich red sunsets.

Splash Cafe

197 Pomeroy Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA, (805) 773-4653

Splash Cafe Pismo Beach is one of the oldest Pismo Beach Retaurants and a favorite destination since 1989. It’s also one of the busiest Retaurants in Pismo Beach.More Clam Chowder is served at this location in one year than most other Pismo Beach seafood Retaurants serve in their lifeline-over 20,000 gallons of Clam Chowder per year ! This restaurant is truly a Pismo Beach landmark; it’s the perfect place to get into the true personality of Pismo Beach.

Cracked Crab

751 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA, (805) 773-2722

The Cracked Crab seafood restaurant was founded in Pismo Beach, CA in 1999 by Mike and Kathy Lee. We invite you to take a look around this web site to view our menu, decor, products and philosophy. Then come in and see us!

Honeymoon Cafe

999 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA, (805) 773-5646 ‎

Good for families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, dining on a budget. Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

Old West Cinnamon Rolls

861 Dolliver Street  Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-1428

Delicious handmade cinnamon rolls any way you like. The best cinnamon rolls in the county.

Thai Taly

601 Price Street  Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-6162

Excellent Thai food by the sea. Fresh ingredients with a classic thai flavor.

Novo Restaurant and Lounge

726 Higuera Street  San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, (805) 543-3986

An iconic dining experience in the heart of downtown. Where global cuisine combines. Merges. Crafted,  pure.  Patio creek setting, intimate bar lounge, or downstairs cellar. Connect here. Relax. A kaleidoscope of wines, a full bar. A night out, a lunch with friends.

Hoagies Sandwiches & Grill

580 Cypress Street  Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-3580

We hope that everyone that walks through the door, wheather it be an employee, a customer, or a vendor, can feel that this place is special! This is a restaurant that is owned by people that have passion and love. That is why great customer service and qulity of food are so important to us.

Steamers of Pismo

1601 Price Street  Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-4711

Specializing in California Coastal cuisine, the menu features seafood, pasta, fresh salads, and F.Mclintocks steaks. Fresh seasonal fish, steamed clams, mussels and our awarding winning clam chowder are a small sampling of what you will experience on your visit. Lovers of the ocean’s bounty will be especially pleased by the kitchen’s abundant selections of daily lunch and dinner specials.

F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House

750 Mattie Road  Shell Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-1892

In an ocean-view setting right on Highway 101, F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House offers the best in authentic ranch-style cooking and atmosphere teamed up with high-spirited service and genuine western hospitality. Legendary oak-pit barbecued steaks and ribs are the finest, but fresh seafood and salads are a specialty too!

Central Coast Kayak

1879 Shell Beach Road  Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-3500

We are a full service kayak shop offering Tours of the Central Coast from Avila to Pismo, Classes to help make you a better paddler, and Rentals if you'd prefer to do your own thing. Central Coast Kayaks has everything you need to get out on the water.

Shell Beach Surf Shop

Suite K, 2665 Shell Beach Road  Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-1855

We're a little surf shop with a lot of soul. We merge family, friends, and the community with surfing. We carry products from vendors like Patagonia, Sanuk, Wave Tribe, Forever Stoked and much more.

Oceano Dunes

End of Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA 93433 (805) 473-7220

One of the only places in California that you can drive on the beach. Take a walk on the wild side as you zoom along the exhilerating Oceano Dunes!

Cal Poly State University

1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, (805) 756-1111

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today’s scientific and technical world.

Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452, (800) 444-4445

Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. In 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state of California. Since that time it has been maintained as a state historic park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts about one million visitors per year.

Bubble Gum Ally

Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, (805) 541-0286

Bubblegum Alley is a local tourist landmark in downtown San Luis Obispo, California, known for its accumulation of used bubble gum on the walls of an alley. It is a 15-foot high and 70-foot long alley lined with chewed gum left by passers-by.

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

751 Palm Street  San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, (805) 781-8220

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is a Spanish mission founded in 1772 by Father Junípero Serra in the present-day city of San Luis Obispo, California.

Lake Lopez

6800 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, (805) 788-2381

Lopez Lake is a reservoir near the city of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County, California. The lake is formed by Lopez Dam on Arroyo Grande Creek, 9 mi upstream from the Pacific Ocean. Complete with a new and improved water park.

Skydive Pismo Beach

201 West Grand Avenue  Grover Beach, CA 93433, (805) 481-5867

The Ultimate Skydiving Experience! Jump out of our perfectly good airplane, freefall over the Pacific Ocean at 120 mph, and land directly on legendary Pismo Beach–with your friends and family right there waiting for you!

Laetitia Vineyard and Winery

453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr  Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, (805) 481-1772

Sustainable, estate wines from California's Central Coast, specializing in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Wines.

Edna Valley Winery

2585 Biddle Ranch Road  San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, (805) 544-9594

Just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Edna Valley Vineyard has one of the longest and coolest growing seasons in California. Its location in one of the state's few east/west-oriented valleys allows nighttime coastal fog to move inland, cooling the grapes after a long day in the sunlight, so that they slowly mature while retaining sufficient acidity. The vineyard's unique site consists of layers of clay and volcanic rock over ancient ocean subsoil.

Talley Vineyards

3031 Lopez Drive  Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, (805) 489-0446

Talley Vineyards is located in the Arroyo Grande Valley, eight miles east of the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo County on California's South Central Coast. We are approximately halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and less than 10 minutes from Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande. 

Tolosa Winery

4910 Edna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA, (805) 782-0500

Tolosa’s sustainably farmed vineyards are located between Santa Barbara and Paso Robles, in the coastal hills of San Luis Obispo. Our goal is to make balanced wines that are true to varietal character and expressive of the cooling ocean breezes and long growing season that define our estate vineyards. Equally important we utilize the best environmentally sustainable practices in growing grapes and creating our distinctive wines.

Claiborne & Churchill Vintners

2649 Carpenter Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, CA, (805) 544-4066

Claiborne & Churchill is a small, family owned and operated winery, founded in 1983 and located in the heart of the Edna Valley, just outside San Luis Obispo, California. Inspired by the wines of Alsace, we specialize in premium dry wines made from Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris grapes, as well as handcrafted Pinot Noir from several nearby vineyards. We also produce small lots of other wines, including a Dry Muscat, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Brut Rose, and a Port-style wine. 

Tastes of the Valleys

911 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-8466

Almost every wine in the house is available by the glass! Or try a flight of six one ounce pours tailored to your palate from our open, but well preserved bottles. Our Wine Flights are priced at $10, $15 and $20 and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Sans Liege Wines

870 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, (805) 773-2770

Small winery with a tasting room in Pismo Beach.

Phantom Rivers Wine

211 East Branch Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, (805) 481-9463

Our wines showcase the best grapes the Central Coast has to offer.  Our tasting room is conveniently located in the Village of Arroyo Grande, the gateway to your Edna Valley tasting experience.

Sextant Wines

1653 Old Price Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401,  (805) 542-0133

At SEXTANT WINES we are devoted to expanding the horizons of the central coast wine region by utilizing the unmatchable terroir with old world varietal selections. This allows us to grow grapes to their optimal maturity, creating unique wines of supreme quality. We know you’ll enjoy!

Chamisal Vineyards

7525 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, (805) 541-9463

Our historic Chamisal property, the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley, has long been producing wines of a distinctive character - bold, complex and intriguing. With the ideal climate of the region and the exceptional clonal selection planted on our vineyard, our winemaking philosophy is to simply reflect the natural characteristics of this remarkable estate.

Baileyana Winery

5828 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, (805) 269-8200

Baileyana combines the best of three worlds, old, new and future, and produces estate Grand Firepeak Cuvées of concentrated flavors and balanced acidity.

Salisbury Vineyard

6985 Ontario Road  San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, (805) 595-9463

Fun family environment at an old schoolhouse.

Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards

1947 See Canyon Road  San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, (805) 595-9700

Welcome to Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards.  We invite you to visit our family-run tasting room to relax and unwind, taste our award-winning wines and enjoy our picturesque grounds adjacent to See Canyon Creek.

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