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About Grover Beach in Pismo State Beach in Grover Beach, California

Grover Beach is the middle portion of Pismo State Beach and the only beach in the city of Grover Beach, California. There’s no shortage of fun to be had here so we’ve provided a list of the activities in Pismo State Beach. Grover Beach is one of just a few beaches you can drive on on the Central California coast. It also has a no-vehicle area – more on that below.

Grover Beach (the beach) is wide and flat and typically packed firm enough for even passenger cars to drive onto, however, it’s still recommended to have four-wheel-drive to avoid getting stuck in the sand. Near the Grover Beach entrance is a day-use plaza with a wooden boardwalk that leads to a platform between the dunes that looks out over the beach. Another boardwalk starts from the plaza and goes north through the dunes next to the Pismo Beach Golf Course. If you want to golf, the course is a public 9-hole “executive course” (all holes are par 3) and reservations are not needed. It’s open year-round and they have carts and golf clubs for rent if necessary.

Camping near the beach is easy, but you’ll need to plan ahead for the summer season. Just to the north of Grover Beach is Pismo State Beach North Campground and to the south is Oceano Campground. Both of them are open to both tent camping and RVs. The facilities are what you’d expect from a state park with picnic tables, fire rings, and restroom buildings. Showers are available but pay-operated. Reservations can be made online through ReserveCalifornia and we recommend booking them well in advance for the summer months.

Bonfires are allowed on the beach in Pismo Beach State Park. You can buy firewood bundles in town stores or at the campgrounds if you are staying there. To avoid a visit by a park ranger, simply keep the fire small and only burn clean wood. Douse it with water when you are done and don’t bury the coals.

The city of Grover Beach is a small one at around 13,000 residents and is squeezed between two other beach towns that are even smaller population-wise (Oceano and Pismo Beach). The beaches in front of these towns are continuous so you can walk up to 15 miles of sand on Pismo Bay. The drivable portion of the beach is about four miles and includes Oceano Dunes SVRA. Beach hours are 6am to 11pm daily and the hours for driving on the beach are 7am to 10pm.

If the thought of sharing your beach with vehicles is a turnoff, simply walk northward from the access as cars can’t go that way. Another option is to drive over to downtown Pismo Beach to enjoy the beach near the pier.

Access to Grover Beach is at the west end of Grand Avenue where there is an entrance station and a parking lot. Driving onto the beach requires a nominal fee.  Fin’s Seafood Restaurant is located right next to the beach entrance at 25 West Grand Avenue in Grover Beach (free beach parking is provided behind the restaurant).

25 W Grand Ave
Grover Beach, CA 93433
Park Name
Pismo State Beach, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
State Park
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash on the beach and the trails (but not allowed in Pismo Dune Preserve).
Fees for vehicles on beach, free day-use parking behind restaurant
Beach Driving, Fishing, Clam Digging, Walking, Hiking, Golfing, Equestrian Use, Kiteboarding, Bonfires
Restrooms, Showers, Picnic Tables, Boardwalk, Trails, Beach Overlook, Dunes, Restaurant, Golf Course, Accessible Features
Map of Grover Beach in Pismo State Beach
Grover Beach, US
11:39 pm, April 23, 2024
temperature icon 51°F
L: 51° H: 59°
Feels like 50.29 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:19 am
Sunset: 7:41 pm
Humidity 90 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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