Area Info

Area Info

Pismo / Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. Passenger cars can easily drive on the northern portion of the beach. This recreational gem offers over 3,600 acre off road area and is among the most popular and unique of California State Parks. The 5 ½ miles of beach open for vehicle use and the over 1,500 acres of sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation are attractions for visitors from throughout the United States.

Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving to the camping and off highway vehicle use areas in the park. Beach wheelchairs are available for loan at the Pier and Grand Avenue entrances to the beach.Oceano’s Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Area (formally Pismo Dunes) is under the direct supervision of California’s Department of Parks and Recreation .

Air Shot of the Pismo Oceano Sand Dunes

What Are Oceano Dunes?

…a sand dune complex that is geologically unique and also provides an impressive playground for off-highway enthusiasts from throughout the United States.

One of several Off-Highway Vehicle areas.

Oceano Dunes  also offers visitors other recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing, camping, horseback riding, and hiking.

California Department of Parks
and Recreation
(DPR) under it’s
Off-Highway Motor Vehicle
Recreation Division

Oceano, Grover Beach, Pismo and the surrounding area has over 23 miles of unspoiled beaches where you can enjoy a variety of activities including kayaking, surfing, fishing, clamming, horseback riding, jet skiing, and of course, ATV riding!

This area is known as the “Clam Capital of the World.” A license for clamming is required and some restrictions apply.


Additional Informational Websites




Pismo Beach Dive Shop

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California State Parks
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Pismo Beach
Chamber of Commerce

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Classical California
Pismo Beach Visitors Ctr.

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