North Beach is in front of the North Beach Campground at Pismo State Beach. Pismo Creek meets the ocean at this location and sometimes pools up next to the campground. Once on the beach if you walk north it’s not far to the Pismo Beach Pier. Heading south you can take the beach route or walk on a boardwalk that meanders through the dunes next to the Pismo Beach Golf Course all the way to the Grover Beach entrance. You can drive a car onto Pismo State Beach at Grand Avenue in Grover Beach or at Pier Avenue in Oceano.
There is no day-use parking lot at the North Beach state park entrance, but there are parking spaces along Highway 1 where a one-mile long Coastal Access Trail leads non-campers to the beach. Next to the North Beach Campground is a Monarch Butterfly Colony in a eucalyptus grove which can be viewed when they are present in late-October through February. Parking for grove access is clearly signed along the highway outside the campground.