Pismo Beach is located on the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo County. The town is known as the clam capital of the world because of the wide stretch of beach that once had an abundance of the sea creature. Today, the clams have been over-harvested due to the thousands of clammers that have visited over the years, and although Pismo Beach is still considered the clam capital, it is unlikely that you will find any clams if you take your pup out for a beach walk. Leashed dogs are permitted on the beaches, but are not allowed on the Pismo Pier. Pismo Beach is also home to eight veterinarians that can provide excellent medical care for your furry best friend.
With over fifteen parks that your dog can wander around and sniff, there is no shortage of pup fun to be had here. Be sure to take your dog to Ebb Tide Park which has a nice walking trail the two of you can enjoy, or Ira Lease Park which has a big open grassy area and plenty of trees to help provide shade. If you and Fido need some food while visiting, then Pismo Beach has it. Stop by The Steaming Bean Shell Beach or Novo Restaurant and Lounge to get your grub on.
Since Pismo Beach is a tourist city, there are numerous dog-friendly hotels that you and your dog can stay at together. Check out SeaCrest Ocean Front Hotel, Pismo Lighthouse Suites, or Edgewater Inn and Suites.
If your dog is itching to dip his paws in the water and run in the sand, then take him to the Pismo Beach State Beach. While visiting, your dog needs to stay on leash, but won’t mind since he will be too occupied with all the fun to be had here. There is a small walking trail the two of you can enjoy before hitting the sand, plus a campground on the beach that your dog is allowed to stay at with you. If you get hungry, walk into town and stop by Brooks Burger which has a dog-friendly outdoor patio.
The Dinosaur Caves Park is an 11-acre park that is great to take your dog to. The park is popular among local dog walkers, so Fido will have a great opportunity to meet new friends, and it overlooks the ocean, allowing for a great scenic view on your walk. Since the park is so close to the beach there is no grass, but your dog will still love the park. Once you’re done exploring, stop by Ventana Grill. This dog-friendly eatery has a pet friendly patio and serves a mixture of favorites from around the world.
The Grover Beach neighborhood has a plethora of dog-friendly restaurants that you can bring Fido to for some tasty food. Garlands Hamburgers was voted best hamburger joint in the area for two years running, and says their homemade menu will bring you back to your childhood. The Spoon Trade has a large selection of wine and beer, plus a shareable menu. The Station Grill has a classic American breakfast and lunch menu to enjoy. Lastly, Fin’s Seafood Restaurant offers great food and a bar. All four of these eateries have outdoor patios that welcome your dog to join in and eat a meal with you.
Downtown Pismo Beach is filled with great places to stop and
grab a bite to eat with your pup. Chipwrecked has unique American food and an outdoor patio that welcomes your dog to enjoy a meal with you. Mon Ami is a
café that has a cozy atmosphere and serves breakfast, lunch, and dessert.
Wooly’s has a beach front patio that is cool with your dog chilling by your
side. They have a traditional bar and grill with traditional food. Sabor a
Mexico has classic Mexican flavors plus burgers and sandwiches. They are an
outdoor patio which welcomes your dog.
About 5 minutes out of Pismo Beach is the Elm Street Dog Park in Arroyo Grande. This pawsome dog park lets your dog run around off-leash, and features a separate area for smaller dogs so they can play with pups their own size. The small side of the dog park offers grass for rolling, while the large side of the dog park has wood chips and a lot of room for running and fetch. The dog park also has benches for owners to sit on, a doggie water fountain and clean-up bags.