The central coast is home to many beaches, each offering a unique experience. Take a stroll along the bluff line to enjoy the local beach, Shell Beach, accessible by a staircase just north of our property. Or drive 5 miles in either direction to experience larger beaches such as Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. Morro Bay, Cayucos and San Simeon are all north of Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa ranging from 30 to 45 minutes and are quaint towns offer boutique shops. Due to COVID -19 many Recreational Activities may not be available or have limited hours. Please contact our Concierge at 800.516.0112 for specific details.
Pismo Beach Pier
Since its initial establishment in 1881, the Pismo Beach pier has undergone several changes and improvements. In 1924, the pier experienced its first change when it was rebuilt two blocks south of its original location, where it permanently sits today. After harsh storms and weather conditions, the pier was again rebuilt in 1985 with its popular diamond shape. 93 years later, particular sections of the pier are truly showing their damage and age. With the New Year in full swing, our pier will once again undergo a revamping period to further improve the experience and safety of our community members. This exciting rehabilitation project will bring our residents and visitors an enhanced version of the pier we have grown to know and love. To ensure public safety during this time, the pier will be closed intermittently, however, public access will remain a top priority as the pier is a large asset to the community. Rehabilitation is expected to reach completion by July 2019 with a variety of new features such as coastal lighting, information boards about sea life and the pier’s history, public art, food options along the length of the pier, wine and cultural event holding, and drinking fountains with bottle fillers. We are looking forward to this monumental update to our town’s iconic landmark.
Oceano Dunes in Pismo Beach is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. With 5.5 miles of beach for off highway motor vehicle recreation, Oceano Dunes is sure to provide a unique experience . ATV and Dune Buggies are available for rent right on the beach or by telephone. If you are looking for less adventure, but still want to experience Ocean Dunes, try horseback riding on the beach or visit the monarch butterfly exhibit from late October to February. Contact our Guest Services Team for more information and booking information.