Pismo Beach CA- A Complete Guide To The Perfect Family Getaway
Updated: Mar 16
For our 10 year anniversary we wanted to getaway from the hustle and bustle of life while still staying in California. We had never been to Pismo Beach but had heard great things about it from friends. We decided to give it a try and couldn't be happier with how our family getaway turned out, so I decided to share the details of our trip for anyone else interested in visiting.
The Cliffs Hotel and Spa
This hotel was exactly what we were looking for for our family getaway. It is located on an oceanfront bluff overlooking a beach with stunning views of the central coast. It is family and even pet friendly! A big plus for us was that it had direct access to an amazing beach right on the property. We wanted to just get up and walk to the beach without having to worry about driving or parking and that is exactly what we got.
We decided to go with a Cliffs Signature room with 2 queen beds. We had a balcony that had both pool and ocean view. The room was clean and up to date with great sea inspired touches. Room came with a mini fridge, in room safe, free wifi, and Keurig specialty coffee and tea. Also included in the facility fee is 24 hour valet parking, bottled water upon request, shuttle to and from airport upon reservations.
Located inside the hotel across from the front desk you can find a cute little store with everything you can possible need during your stay. From beach wear, to sunblock, to wine. They also have some beautiful souvenirs to take back home.
They also have a pool, jacuzzi, and fire pit. Unfortunately access to this was closed during our stay due to Covid-19 but has since opened. We are definitely looking forward to enjoying this during our next stay.
*update 12/2020 pool is open but with reduced capacity of 24 adults and a two hour maximum time limit to allow all guest to enjoy. Jacuzzi remains closed*
Address:2757 Shell Beach Road
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
For more information or to book your stay, follow this link https://cliffshotelandspa.com
All employees are provided with PPE and are required to wear a mask when in public areas or when interacting with guest
Employees have been trained on PPE usage, hand washing and respiratory etiquette
Decorative bedding has been removed from all rooms
All surfaces throughout hotel and neighboring restaurant are sanitized frequently throught out the day
Marisol at The Cliffs
Located right next door to the Hotel property is the restaurant Marisol. The restaurant not only has beautiful panoramic Pacific views but their food is incredible. It was perfect for catching a quick meal before heading out to the beach, a drink while lounging in the grassy area admiring the views, and for a beautiful outdoor sunset dinner.
*Updated 12/2020- offering to go meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as in restaurant dining.*
To see their full menu follow this link https://cliffshotelandspa.com/dine/
This is the beach that the hotel overlooks and has direct access from the property. There is a stairway that takes you directly to this beautiful beach. It's nestled in a little cove and during low tide, which we were lucky enough to experience, has and abundance of tide pools for all to explore. There are 9 separate beaches tucked below the cliffs of Shell Beach. On our third day early in the morning the tide was so low that we were able to cross to 3 different beaches and admire and explore the scenic coves. It was breathtaking and where we chose to have our private 10 year wedding renewal with nothing but our phone, phone stand, and vows.
The pictures below are of the stunning views we got to explore during low tide and where we renewed our vows and took pictures.
This is another restaurant we were told about and decided to check it out for our anniversary dinner. The food was yummy and the views are amazing all throughout the restaurant. Perfect for a sunset dinner, which is what we had.
Address: 2575 Price Street
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
To see their full menu follow this link https://ventanagrill.com
DePalo & Sons
Just 3 min away from our hotel we found the cutest little Italian deli/market! Their sandwiches were delicious, they had fresh pastries daily, prepared food, and lots of wine to choose from. It was perfect for sandwiches and snacks for the beach, specially when you have a kiddo who wants to snack all times of the day. Highly recommend their turkey and brie sandwich and pastrami sandwich. Of course I have no pictures because we couldn't eat them fast enough haha. We definitely recommend them!
Address: 2665 Shell Beach Rd,
Pismo Beach CA 93449
Open from 7am-10pm
Their website is under construction but you can find them on google search for more information.
Will we be back again?
I think by now you probably understand why we loved our time at Pismo Beach and why we highly recommend you visit soon. It was the perfect place to relax and just enjoy each other and the stunning views nature has to offer.
Although we didn't get to visit the following locations, here are other popular destinations in Pismo Beach we definitely want to go back and explore.
Avila Beach https://visitavilabeach.com
Avila Valley Barn https://www.avilavalleybarn.com
Dinosaur Caves Park https://www.pismobeach.org/288/Dinosaur-Caves-Park
Monarch Butterfly Grove- Monarch season late October-February https://www.experiencepismobeach.com/beach-and-outdoors/monarch-butterflies/
Talk to you later!