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38 Apartments for rent in Pismo Beach, CA

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111 Morro Ave
111 Morro Avenue
Pismo Beach, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,650
1295 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
111 Morro Ave - Property Id: 396974 Newer 2 story home in Shell Beach available for rent. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. 2 car, attached garage. Laundry inside. Bottom floor: 1 bed, 1 bath, laundry, storage closet, garage entry.
1 Unit Available
188 Foothill Road
188 Foothill Road
Pismo Beach, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,900
2356 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
188 Foothill Road Available 01/15/21 Beautiful Views in Pismo Beach - MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS With a stunning view of the coastline stretching from Avila to Nipomo, this three bedroom house is one-of-a-kind.
1 Unit Available
2142 Costa Del Sol
2142 Costa Del Sol
Pismo Beach, CA
5 Bedrooms
$4,500
2212 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:21 AM
VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS Breathtaking Furnished 5 bedroom 3 bathroom Hill top home features indoor and outdoor living with 2 balconies and views from nearly every room. Enjoy cooking in the open kitchen or escape in the spa like master suite.
1 Unit Available
330 Foothill Road
330 Foothill Road
Pismo Beach, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,675
Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
MOVE IN SPECIAL 1/2 off 1 month rent + Security Deposit moves you in - Fully Furnished Shell Beach Condo. Totally refurbished, new everything, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 car garage condo in desirable location.
Results within 1 mile of Pismo Beach
1 Unit Available
185 Brisco Road, Unit M
185 Brisco Road
Arroyo Grande, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,250
2346 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Spacous 4 Bed / 3 Bath Arroyo Grande Home - CO-SIGNERS / GUARANTORS ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS PROPERTY. MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS This beautiful 4 Bed / 3 Bath is located just minutes from downtown Arroyo Grande.
1 Unit Available
171 Brisco Road
171 Brisco Road
Arroyo Grande, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,400
576 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 09:20 AM
Peak of Ocean View from Deck. Good things do come in small packages! Well cared for unit in safe, clean, centrally located complex. This 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo offers newer appliances. Close to shopping and the beach.
Results within 5 miles of Pismo Beach
1 Unit Available
15 Vista Lane
15 Vista Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA | LOVR Creekside Area
3 Bedrooms
$3,350
1621 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
15 Vista Lane Available 01/02/21 Los Verdes Park Two Condo - 3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom - MORE PICTURES COMING SOON! MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS Nice condo close to Trader Joe shopping center and easy access to the 101 Highway and shopping on LOVR.
1 Unit Available
225 Lucas Lane #9
225 Lucas Lane
Avila Beach, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
731 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
225 Lucas Lane #9 Available 01/05/21 Avila Beach Condo - 2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom - MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS. 2 Bedroom + 1 Bathroom Condo in Avila Beach is just minutes away from the beach and beachside dining and stores.
1 Unit Available
1873 19th Street
1873 19th Street
Oceano, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,650
795 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
LEASE PENDING - Renovated 2 Bed/1.5 Bath Oceano Condo - MASK REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS This 2 Bed / 1.5 Bath Condo is Oceano has been recently renovated with new paint and new flooring (Laminate and Carpet).
1 Unit Available
1347 20th Court
1347 20th Court
Oceano, CA
5 Bedrooms
$2,700
2607 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
LEASED PENDING - Spacious Oceano Compound - MASK REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS Tucked in a quiet neighborhood at the Oceano/Arroyo Grande border, this enlarged single family home has 5 Bedrooms and 4 Bathrooms.
1 Unit Available
310 S. Halcyon Ave Suite 106
310 South Halcyon Road
Arroyo Grande, CA
Studio
$3,000
1800 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Professional Medical / Business Office - Arroyo Grande - MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS. Unique professional medical or business office available. Well maintained end unit across from Arroyo Grande Hospital.
1 Unit Available
372 CORBETT CANYON
372 Corbett Canyon Road
San Luis Obispo County, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,495
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Country Apartment in Corbett Canyon Arroyo Grande. - Type: Apartment Available: 12/01/2020 Beds: 1 Baths: 1 Rent: $1,495.00 Deposit: $1,595.
1 Unit Available
556 Rosemary Lane
556 Rosemary Lane
Arroyo Grande, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
2099 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
556 Rosemary Lane Available 12/05/20 Beautiful AG Home in the Highlands - CO-SIGNERS / GUARANTORS ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS PROPERTY. MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS.
1 Unit Available
1004 Baden Ave
1004 Baden Avenue
Grover Beach, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,400
850 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:35 AM
1004 Baden Ave Available 01/05/21 Upstairs 2 Bedroom Grover Beach Apartment - MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS Upstairs Corner Apartment with 2 Bedrooms and 1 bathroom in Grover Beach. Kitchen has stove/range.
1 Unit Available
2531 Cienaga Street
2531 Cienaga Street
Oceano, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,900
960 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 08:07 AM
Beautiful brand new manufactured home available now for rent in Casa Del Rey, a Senior Mobilehome Park in Oceano. Shopping, beach and public transportation nearby. Laundry room and swimming pool on-site (seasonal w/COVID restrictions).
1 Unit Available
541 Morning Rise Lane
541 Morning Rise Lane
Arroyo Grande, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,395
Last updated April 3 at 12:34 PM
Single Level Home - Modern interior design. Air conditioned 2 bedroom 2 bathroom with an attached 2 car garage. Wood laminate plank, tile and carpet flooring. Custom color interior paint. Kitchen has a center island for extra counter space.
Results within 10 miles of Pismo Beach
1 Unit Available
4299 Poinsettia St
4299 Poinsettia Street
San Luis Obispo, CA | French Park
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Available 01/15/21 SLO 3 bdrm, 2 bath house - Property Id: 438513 Great floorplan with a real fireplace, the kitchen cooks with natural gas, lots of windows, 2 car attached garage with laundry hookups.
1 Unit Available
110 Highland Drive
110 Highland Dr
San Luis Obispo, CA | Highland
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
110 Highland Drive Available 01/15/21 Charming Home by Bishops Peak Trailhead - Charming and spacious house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. It sits by the trailhead to Bishops Peak.
1 Unit Available
365 Patricia Drive
365 Patricia Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA | Highland
5 Bedrooms
$5,100
1710 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Home Located at Base of Bishop Peak SLO - 5 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom - MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS. More Photos Coming Soon! 5 Bedroom + 2 Bathroom house located in San Luis Obispo just a few miles away from Cal Poly.
1 Unit Available
4060 Righetti Ranch Road
4060 Righetti Ranch Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA | Orcutt
3 Bedrooms
$3,250
1621 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Brand New 3 Bed/3 Bath SLO Home at Righetti Ranch - MASK REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS This brand new 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in San Luis Obispo is a 2020 construction and has never been lived in before.
1 Unit Available
327 Junipero Way
327 Junipero Way
San Luis Obispo, CA | Stoneridge
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
1639 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Newly Constructed Home in Serra Meadows - CO-SIGNERS / GUARANTORS ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS PROPERTY. MASKS REQUIRED AT SHOWINGS.
1 Unit Available
460 Dana St
460 Dana Street
San Luis Obispo, CA | Downtown SLO
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Charming 2bd/1ba Cottage that's Walking Distance to Downtown SLO - Charming, historic 2bd, 1ba single level cottage with high, exposed beam ceilings and adjacent to Downtown SLO.
1 Unit Available
462 Dana St
462 Dana Street
San Luis Obispo, CA | Downtown SLO
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Charming Historic 3bd/2ba Two Story House, Walking Distance to Downtown SLO - Charming historic 3bd, 2ba two story home. Adjacent to Downtown SLO, has an updated kitchen, and two large, tree covered yard areas.
1 Unit Available
1727 Chorro St
1727 Chorro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA | Downtown SLO
1 Bedroom
$1,700
500 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
1727 Chorro St Available 12/18/20 FURNISHED 1 Bedroom Downtown SLO, Utilities Included - This adorable 1 bedroom 1 bathroom rental is full of updated vintage charm.
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City Guide

Pismo Beach
"Pismo Beach! And all the clams we can eat!" -- Bugs Bunny in "Ali Baba Bunny"
"Pismo Beach! And all the clams we can eat!" -- Bugs Bunny in "Ali Baba Bunny"

Hugging California's central coastline, Pismo Beach is one of the most desirable destinations for living and vacationing in the state -- really, the country. The name comes from the Chumash word for tar once gathered from the Price Canyon tar springs and used to caulk the Chumash canoes. Home to just over 7,600 residents, Pismo Beach relies heavily on tourism and the sea for its civic livelihood. If you love salt air, stunning sunsets and broad sand beaches, you'd better start looking for your apartment here soon!

Moving to Pismo Beach

Pleasant weather has made the area popular: high temperatures range from 65 to 73 -- pretty much balmy and perfect. Lows seldom require more than a light jacket, only dipping into the 40s in the dead of winter. Namesake bivalve, the Pismo clam, was once so prolific it was gathered by blow from the beach. These days, not so much. That hasn't stopped the city from proclaiming itself the Clam Capital of the World.

The weather is pretty much perfect at all times. Aside from winter storms, there's not a bad time to move here, climatologically-speaking. Summer brings short- to mid-term vacation renters, so to ensure the greatest variety of available homes or apartments for rent in Pismo Beach, you should start your search in early spring or wait until autumn. Of course, there's no real off-season here, so keep a keen eye on listings.

This is a popular beachfront community, so set yourself apart from the sea of would-be renters by coming prepared with your credit history, references, proof of income, and the ability to plank down first and last months' rent as well as a security deposit (usually about another month's rent).

Moving to Pismo Beach
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Pleasant weather has made the area popular: high temperatures range from 65 to 73 -- pretty much balmy and perfect. Lows seldom require more than a light jacket, only dipping into the 40s in the dead of winter. Namesake bivalve, the Pismo clam, was once so prolific it was gathered by blow from the beach. These days, not so much. That hasn't stopped the city from proclaiming itself the Clam Capital of the World.

The weather is pretty much perfect at all times. Aside from winter storms, there's not a bad time to move here, climatologically-speaking. Summer brings short- to mid-term vacation renters, so to ensure the greatest variety of available homes or apartments for rent in Pismo Beach, you should start your search in early spring or wait until autumn. Of course, there's no real off-season here, so keep a keen eye on listings.

This is a popular beachfront community, so set yourself apart from the sea of would-be renters by coming prepared with your credit history, references, proof of income, and the ability to plank down first and last months' rent as well as a security deposit (usually about another month's rent).

Neighborhoods in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach itself is pretty small and is sort of its own neighborhood. However, it has neighboring communities that often fall under its umbrella when people describe where they live. Here are the areas to know:

Shell Beach: A small, residential community that is considered part of Pismo Beach proper, Shell Beach runs parallel to Highway 101. It's name is a little bit of a fake-out since its coastline is rocky, not beachy -- making it bad for sunbathing but great for tide-pooling. Shell Beach is home to two steakhouses (oh, they serve seafood, too, of course). Alex's, on Shell Beach Road, is over 60 years old and has been voted "Best Bar" in the local rag. You can look for apartments with paid utilities here, though you're more likely to find houses and if the utilities are covered, it's usually because it's a vacation rental, which can push up rates. Luxury houses abound, given their proximity to the ocean and stunning views.

Pismo Heights: For those who like to look down at the beach, this community features primarily house rentals in single-family homes. Located across the highway from the beach and Pismo Beach's city center, many of the homes here are built up the hillside. This area is also home to Pismo Beach City Hall and Boosinger Public Park with everything you need for the perfect summer (or spring or fall or winter) BBQ with an unmatched view of the Pacific Ocean. You're more likely to find houses than luxury apartments here, though some condos are available for rent.

Arroyo Grande: Home to the Strawberry Festival, Arroyo Grande is a little village just outside Pismo Beach city limits. Set slightly back from the sandy shore, Arroyo Grande has a hip town center with historic buildings, boutique shops and local favorites like Klondike's Pizza and Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab. Apartments for rent like one-bedroom apartments, two or three-bedroom rental homes, and amenity-filled complexes are available here.

Neighborhoods in Pismo Beach
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Pismo Beach itself is pretty small and is sort of its own neighborhood. However, it has neighboring communities that often fall under its umbrella when people describe where they live. Here are the areas to know:

Shell Beach: A small, residential community that is considered part of Pismo Beach proper, Shell Beach runs parallel to Highway 101. It's name is a little bit of a fake-out since its coastline is rocky, not beachy -- making it bad for sunbathing but great for tide-pooling. Shell Beach is home to two steakhouses (oh, they serve seafood, too, of course). Alex's, on Shell Beach Road, is over 60 years old and has been voted "Best Bar" in the local rag. You can look for apartments with paid utilities here, though you're more likely to find houses and if the utilities are covered, it's usually because it's a vacation rental, which can push up rates. Luxury houses abound, given their proximity to the ocean and stunning views.

Pismo Heights: For those who like to look down at the beach, this community features primarily house rentals in single-family homes. Located across the highway from the beach and Pismo Beach's city center, many of the homes here are built up the hillside. This area is also home to Pismo Beach City Hall and Boosinger Public Park with everything you need for the perfect summer (or spring or fall or winter) BBQ with an unmatched view of the Pacific Ocean. You're more likely to find houses than luxury apartments here, though some condos are available for rent.

Arroyo Grande: Home to the Strawberry Festival, Arroyo Grande is a little village just outside Pismo Beach city limits. Set slightly back from the sandy shore, Arroyo Grande has a hip town center with historic buildings, boutique shops and local favorites like Klondike's Pizza and Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab. Apartments for rent like one-bedroom apartments, two or three-bedroom rental homes, and amenity-filled complexes are available here.

Living in Pismo Beach

First off, dive into local culinary and cultural tradition by catching the yearly Clam Festival featuring a clam parade and, of course, vat upon vat of clam chowder. Don't go clamming yourself, however -- it's illegal these days.

If you're stuck with nothing to wear to the big event, head over to the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, popular with both locals and tourists traveling up and down the historic Route 101. Outfit yourself with swanky brands or outfit your house with discount housewares at one convenient stop.

If you like a little music in your life, catch the Marching Band Review in November each year. It's just what it sounds like: high school bands from all over the state presenting their best marching and flag waving. Want fewer sousaphones and more saxophones? Then maybe you'd rather visit the Jubilee By the Sea Jazz Festival in October.

Of course, you can't live on the edge of the continent and not take advantage of the natural wonders around you. Catch a tan and your dinner: the Pismo Beach Fishing Pier offers 1200 feet of fishing, sunset-watching, strolling, and sunning enjoyment. If you need some time on dry land near fresh water, check out the Oso Flaco Lake Nature Trail. This mile-long boardwalk circles the protected lake giving visitors a chance to commune with the local water fowl and appreciate the native plants and wildflowers.

Dinosaur Caves Park is wildly popular for locals and visitors with flat, grassy recreation areas, jogging paths, dog friendly areas, and a unique play area filled with statuary reflecting both local marine mammals and, well, dinosaurs.

Living in Pismo Beach
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First off, dive into local culinary and cultural tradition by catching the yearly Clam Festival featuring a clam parade and, of course, vat upon vat of clam chowder. Don't go clamming yourself, however -- it's illegal these days.

If you're stuck with nothing to wear to the big event, head over to the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, popular with both locals and tourists traveling up and down the historic Route 101. Outfit yourself with swanky brands or outfit your house with discount housewares at one convenient stop.

If you like a little music in your life, catch the Marching Band Review in November each year. It's just what it sounds like: high school bands from all over the state presenting their best marching and flag waving. Want fewer sousaphones and more saxophones? Then maybe you'd rather visit the Jubilee By the Sea Jazz Festival in October.

Of course, you can't live on the edge of the continent and not take advantage of the natural wonders around you. Catch a tan and your dinner: the Pismo Beach Fishing Pier offers 1200 feet of fishing, sunset-watching, strolling, and sunning enjoyment. If you need some time on dry land near fresh water, check out the Oso Flaco Lake Nature Trail. This mile-long boardwalk circles the protected lake giving visitors a chance to commune with the local water fowl and appreciate the native plants and wildflowers.

Dinosaur Caves Park is wildly popular for locals and visitors with flat, grassy recreation areas, jogging paths, dog friendly areas, and a unique play area filled with statuary reflecting both local marine mammals and, well, dinosaurs.

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Pismo Beach
"Pismo Beach! And all the clams we can eat!" -- Bugs Bunny in "Ali Baba Bunny"
"Pismo Beach! And all the clams we can eat!" -- Bugs Bunny in "Ali Baba Bunny"

Hugging California's central coastline, Pismo Beach is one of the most desirable destinations for living and vacationing in the state -- really, the country. The name comes from the Chumash word for tar once gathered from the Price Canyon tar springs and used to caulk the Chumash canoes. Home to just over 7,600 residents, Pismo Beach relies heavily on tourism and the sea for its civic livelihood. If you love salt air, stunning sunsets and broad sand beaches, you'd better start looking for your apartment here soon!

Moving to Pismo Beach

Pleasant weather has made the area popular: high temperatures range from 65 to 73 -- pretty much balmy and perfect. Lows seldom require more than a light jacket, only dipping into the 40s in the dead of winter. Namesake bivalve, the Pismo clam, was once so prolific it was gathered by blow from the beach. These days, not so much. That hasn't stopped the city from proclaiming itself the Clam Capital of the World.

The weather is pretty much perfect at all times. Aside from winter storms, there's not a bad time to move here, climatologically-speaking. Summer brings short- to mid-term vacation renters, so to ensure the greatest variety of available homes or apartments for rent in Pismo Beach, you should start your search in early spring or wait until autumn. Of course, there's no real off-season here, so keep a keen eye on listings.

This is a popular beachfront community, so set yourself apart from the sea of would-be renters by coming prepared with your credit history, references, proof of income, and the ability to plank down first and last months' rent as well as a security deposit (usually about another month's rent).

Moving to Pismo Beach
+

Pleasant weather has made the area popular: high temperatures range from 65 to 73 -- pretty much balmy and perfect. Lows seldom require more than a light jacket, only dipping into the 40s in the dead of winter. Namesake bivalve, the Pismo clam, was once so prolific it was gathered by blow from the beach. These days, not so much. That hasn't stopped the city from proclaiming itself the Clam Capital of the World.

The weather is pretty much perfect at all times. Aside from winter storms, there's not a bad time to move here, climatologically-speaking. Summer brings short- to mid-term vacation renters, so to ensure the greatest variety of available homes or apartments for rent in Pismo Beach, you should start your search in early spring or wait until autumn. Of course, there's no real off-season here, so keep a keen eye on listings.

This is a popular beachfront community, so set yourself apart from the sea of would-be renters by coming prepared with your credit history, references, proof of income, and the ability to plank down first and last months' rent as well as a security deposit (usually about another month's rent).

Neighborhoods in Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach itself is pretty small and is sort of its own neighborhood. However, it has neighboring communities that often fall under its umbrella when people describe where they live. Here are the areas to know:

Shell Beach: A small, residential community that is considered part of Pismo Beach proper, Shell Beach runs parallel to Highway 101. It's name is a little bit of a fake-out since its coastline is rocky, not beachy -- making it bad for sunbathing but great for tide-pooling. Shell Beach is home to two steakhouses (oh, they serve seafood, too, of course). Alex's, on Shell Beach Road, is over 60 years old and has been voted "Best Bar" in the local rag. You can look for apartments with paid utilities here, though you're more likely to find houses and if the utilities are covered, it's usually because it's a vacation rental, which can push up rates. Luxury houses abound, given their proximity to the ocean and stunning views.

Pismo Heights: For those who like to look down at the beach, this community features primarily house rentals in single-family homes. Located across the highway from the beach and Pismo Beach's city center, many of the homes here are built up the hillside. This area is also home to Pismo Beach City Hall and Boosinger Public Park with everything you need for the perfect summer (or spring or fall or winter) BBQ with an unmatched view of the Pacific Ocean. You're more likely to find houses than luxury apartments here, though some condos are available for rent.

Arroyo Grande: Home to the Strawberry Festival, Arroyo Grande is a little village just outside Pismo Beach city limits. Set slightly back from the sandy shore, Arroyo Grande has a hip town center with historic buildings, boutique shops and local favorites like Klondike's Pizza and Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab. Apartments for rent like one-bedroom apartments, two or three-bedroom rental homes, and amenity-filled complexes are available here.

Neighborhoods in Pismo Beach
+

Pismo Beach itself is pretty small and is sort of its own neighborhood. However, it has neighboring communities that often fall under its umbrella when people describe where they live. Here are the areas to know:

Shell Beach: A small, residential community that is considered part of Pismo Beach proper, Shell Beach runs parallel to Highway 101. It's name is a little bit of a fake-out since its coastline is rocky, not beachy -- making it bad for sunbathing but great for tide-pooling. Shell Beach is home to two steakhouses (oh, they serve seafood, too, of course). Alex's, on Shell Beach Road, is over 60 years old and has been voted "Best Bar" in the local rag. You can look for apartments with paid utilities here, though you're more likely to find houses and if the utilities are covered, it's usually because it's a vacation rental, which can push up rates. Luxury houses abound, given their proximity to the ocean and stunning views.

Pismo Heights: For those who like to look down at the beach, this community features primarily house rentals in single-family homes. Located across the highway from the beach and Pismo Beach's city center, many of the homes here are built up the hillside. This area is also home to Pismo Beach City Hall and Boosinger Public Park with everything you need for the perfect summer (or spring or fall or winter) BBQ with an unmatched view of the Pacific Ocean. You're more likely to find houses than luxury apartments here, though some condos are available for rent.

Arroyo Grande: Home to the Strawberry Festival, Arroyo Grande is a little village just outside Pismo Beach city limits. Set slightly back from the sandy shore, Arroyo Grande has a hip town center with historic buildings, boutique shops and local favorites like Klondike's Pizza and Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab. Apartments for rent like one-bedroom apartments, two or three-bedroom rental homes, and amenity-filled complexes are available here.

Living in Pismo Beach

First off, dive into local culinary and cultural tradition by catching the yearly Clam Festival featuring a clam parade and, of course, vat upon vat of clam chowder. Don't go clamming yourself, however -- it's illegal these days.

If you're stuck with nothing to wear to the big event, head over to the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, popular with both locals and tourists traveling up and down the historic Route 101. Outfit yourself with swanky brands or outfit your house with discount housewares at one convenient stop.

If you like a little music in your life, catch the Marching Band Review in November each year. It's just what it sounds like: high school bands from all over the state presenting their best marching and flag waving. Want fewer sousaphones and more saxophones? Then maybe you'd rather visit the Jubilee By the Sea Jazz Festival in October.

Of course, you can't live on the edge of the continent and not take advantage of the natural wonders around you. Catch a tan and your dinner: the Pismo Beach Fishing Pier offers 1200 feet of fishing, sunset-watching, strolling, and sunning enjoyment. If you need some time on dry land near fresh water, check out the Oso Flaco Lake Nature Trail. This mile-long boardwalk circles the protected lake giving visitors a chance to commune with the local water fowl and appreciate the native plants and wildflowers.

Dinosaur Caves Park is wildly popular for locals and visitors with flat, grassy recreation areas, jogging paths, dog friendly areas, and a unique play area filled with statuary reflecting both local marine mammals and, well, dinosaurs.

Living in Pismo Beach
+

First off, dive into local culinary and cultural tradition by catching the yearly Clam Festival featuring a clam parade and, of course, vat upon vat of clam chowder. Don't go clamming yourself, however -- it's illegal these days.

If you're stuck with nothing to wear to the big event, head over to the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, popular with both locals and tourists traveling up and down the historic Route 101. Outfit yourself with swanky brands or outfit your house with discount housewares at one convenient stop.

If you like a little music in your life, catch the Marching Band Review in November each year. It's just what it sounds like: high school bands from all over the state presenting their best marching and flag waving. Want fewer sousaphones and more saxophones? Then maybe you'd rather visit the Jubilee By the Sea Jazz Festival in October.

Of course, you can't live on the edge of the continent and not take advantage of the natural wonders around you. Catch a tan and your dinner: the Pismo Beach Fishing Pier offers 1200 feet of fishing, sunset-watching, strolling, and sunning enjoyment. If you need some time on dry land near fresh water, check out the Oso Flaco Lake Nature Trail. This mile-long boardwalk circles the protected lake giving visitors a chance to commune with the local water fowl and appreciate the native plants and wildflowers.

Dinosaur Caves Park is wildly popular for locals and visitors with flat, grassy recreation areas, jogging paths, dog friendly areas, and a unique play area filled with statuary reflecting both local marine mammals and, well, dinosaurs.