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Under $100: Pismo Beach

by Erin Konrad

Sep 7, 2014

The pier at Pismo Beach © Stelianpopa | iStock

North America

Is it time you took a beach vacation? If you’re ready for a relaxing day of sun and sand, head to Pismo Beach, Calif. Located on the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo County, Pismo is a fantastic destination where you can enjoy the beach without draining your wallet. Here are some suggestions for how to explore the area on a budget.


Breakfast: Old West Cinnamon Rolls

No trip to Pismo is complete without a stop at Old West Cinnamon Rolls (861 Dolliver St.). The place sells a variety of delicious cinnamon rolls (including specialties like almond, crumb, walnut and raisin). Since these delectable (huge!) pastries are only $3, you can fill up on breakfast without spending too much. Want to add decadent cream cheese frosting? That’s only an additional 50 cents. No matter which kind you order, you can’t beat this tasty breakfast.


Lunch: Splash Café

While you’re in Pismo, you have to take advantage of all the fresh seafood. One great option is Splash Café (197 Pomeroy Ave.), which is a local favorite. You might have to wait in a line, but the mouthwatering clam chowder is worth it! You have to try the clam chowder bread bowl – they core a sourdough bread bowl, butter and grill the bread and serve it alongside your chowder. For just $7.50, you can enjoy this delicious, filling meal. Not into chowder? Splash’s menu includes everything from seafood tacos and burgers to fish and chips and oysters.


Dinner: Gino’s Pizza

If you’ve had your fill of seafood, check out Gino’s Pizza (539 Five Cities Drive) for some authentic, Italian cuisine. Their pizzas and calzones are popular choices, and a medium-sized pizza will only cost you $13.25. Don’t miss this great restaurant’s huge menu!



There’s plenty to do in Pismo that won’t cost you much. Walk around the pier, and check out all the interesting stores. Hang out at the beach (also a free activity), and enjoy the gorgeous weather. If you’re traveling with kids, head to the Monarch Butterfly Grove (State Highway 1); they’ll love to see nature up close! Whatever activities you choose to do, Pismo definitely has enough to keep you busy (even on a budget!).



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