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Myles McGuinness

Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve

Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve
Experience only-here sand activities near Pismo Beach

Go three miles south of Pismo Beach to find Oceano Dunes Preserve, one of the most expansive coastal dunes left in California. The Preserve offers rare opportunities for on-the-sand activities—you can camp, go horseback riding, and drive right on the beach. In fact, it’s the only California State Park that allows vehicles to do so (four- or all-wheel drive recommended). Thrill-seekers: Don’t miss the opportunity to fly up and down the massive mounts of sand in a Hummer or your own ATV or SunBuggy.

Sand is a signature element of the Pismo Beach area, but there are plenty of water activities too. For an adrenaline rush, try kiteboarding or surfing; for a more mellow activity, go on Central Coast Kayak’s three-hour Cave Excursion to explore the protected coves or rent a kayak to sightsee at your own pace.