Small in scale, but large in possibilities, the unique coastal community of Grover Beach offers some serious outdoor recreational possibilities. This family-friendly beach destination is known for its sand dunes, and offers a chance to drive right onto the beach, hike the dunes, take a horseback ride, fish or search for clams. Each year the area also hosts thousands of Monarch Butterflies for the winter, setting the scene for some stunning photographs you likely won’t get anywhere else in the world.
Enjoy the many wonderful beaches of Grover Beach, and the Central California coast (you’ll find a list here), then come enjoy. Our Grover Beach Vacations guide has all your answers to start planning your beach vacation. Just keep reading 🙂
Weather (When to Go)
The busiest month for tourism in Grover Beach, CA, US is February, followed by July and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Grover Beach in January. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
During spring (March – May), humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 75°F and 66°F with warmer temperatures in the later months. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do. During the summer months of June – August, the weather is comfortably cool. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Grover Beach, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual. Fall (September – November) have daily highs ranging from 83.9°F and 70.4°F, which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced. During winter the weather is too cold to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 70.2°F and 63.7°F. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.
Pismo State Beach
Pismo State Beach offers all kinds of attractions: hiking, swimming, surf fishing, and digging for the famous Pismo clam. There are tree-lined dunes and the beach is popular with bird watchers. The park has the largest over-wintering colony of monarch butterflies in the U.S.
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. The grove is easily accessible. It is located on State Highway 1 at the south boundary of the city limits of Pismo Beach. Visitors are greeted by knowledgeable and well-informed volunteer docents offering daily talks and information.
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
Oceano Dunes Preserve is one of the most expansive coastal dunes left in California. The Preserve offers rare opportunities for on-the-sand activities—you can camp, go horseback riding, and drive right on the beach in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). In fact, it’s the only California State Park that allows vehicles to do so (four-or all-wheel drive recommended). Thrill-seekers: Don’t miss the opportunity to fly up and down the massive mounds of sand in a Hummer or your own ATV or dune buggy.
At over 900 acres, the Pismo Preserve offers truly exceptional and diverse recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors will enjoy over 10 miles of existing ranch roads and trails that meander throughout the property offering ready-to-use routes ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. These trails traverse serene oak woodlands and coastal ridgelines with stunning panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean stretching from the Irish Hills to Point Sal.
Grover Beach is a wide flat sandy beach that is typically packed firm enough for even passenger cars to drive onto. 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 leads north through the dunes next to the Pismo Beach Golf Course.
Things to Do
Arnie’s ATV Rentals
They rent ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles i.e.: quads) for riding on the Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area today. At Arnie’s visitors will find a rare opportunity to tour one of the largest coastal sand dune ranges in the world. For more information call 805-474-6060, or visit them on the web at Arnie’s ATV Rentals.
Sunbuggy Fun Rentals
They have the best prices on the best selection of the best OHVs on the beach! SunBuggy is the only place you can choose from a great variety of off road vehicles, UTVS, ATVs, and real dune buggies. For more information call 855-783-1325, or visit them on the web at Sunbuggy Fun Rentals.
Pacific Adventure Tours
Welcome to Pacific Adventure Tours the largest Humvee tour company in the Nation. Experience the wild terrain of the Pismo Dunes and Oceano State Recreation Area. Fly over the top of dunes, hang sideways . From Wild to Mild, it’s “Wheels In The Air” EXCITMENT riding in a real USMC Humvee. For more information call 805-481-9330, or visit them on the web at Pacific Adventure Tours.
Central Coast Kayaks
Welcome to Central Coast Kayaks! They are your local, full service kayak shop. Proudly offering tours of the Central Coast, camps and classes to expand your abilities, guided kayak fishing trips, rentals of kayaks, fishing kayaks, & paddleboards, and the best kayak repair crew on the coast! For more information call 805-773-3500, or visit them on the web at Central Coast Kayaks.
Avila Beach Paddlesports
Explore the pristine waters, natural coastline, and secret beaches of Avila, the hidden gem of San Luis Obispo County, with Avila Beach Paddlesports. Avila Beach has the best weather on the Central Coast, so don’t forget your sunblock! Beginners are welcome and free instruction and safety information is always included with kayak and paddleboard rentals. For more information call 805-704-6902, or visit them on the web at Avila Beach Paddlesports.
Best Rated Restaurants
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$$ – $$$ The Spoon Trade
The Spoon Trade is a gathering place in the heart of the five cities in Grover Beach. You can trust the food and drink to be sourced and prepared with care and creativity. The owners celebrate the diverse bounty of California and continue to rotate offerings with the seasons.
Alongside the food will be an eclectic drink list, featuring craft beer and small production wine. Brooke Town will source producers that keep sustainability and natural processes at the forefront. For more information call 805-904-6773, or visit them on the web at The Spoon Trade.
$$ – $$$ Rib Line by the Beach
There’s nothing like eating barbeque at the beach. Tender, juicy ribs and chicken with award-winning sauce and Rib Line baked beans are just what your palate is craving. For more information call 805-543-7427, or visit them on the web at Rib Line By The Beach.
$ Lil’ Bits Café
Lil Bit’s Café is a bit hidden off the main street of Grand Avenue in Grover Beach, but is definitely worth the time to find. You will definitely get your monies worth for here. The staff is very friendly and attentive. Lil Bit’s Café is not much to look at from the outside and appears small, however its larger then it looks. For more information, call 805-489-8615, or visit them on the web at Lil’ Bits Café.
$$ – $$$ Ember
Ember Restaurant in Arroyo Grande is all about serving authentic hand-crafted food cooked by a wood fire. They aim to create the ideal environment to experience Central Coast food and wine. For more information call 805-474-7700, or visit them on the web at Ember.
$$$ The Oyster Loft
More than a restaurant, Oyster Loft is an experience, where excellent service rivals the taste and aesthetics of presentation. Oyster Loft boasts a menu rich with fresh fish and thoughtfully executed dishes. Their raw bar features a variety of oysters shucked on the half shell from both the east coast and the west. The menu also includes refined fish dishes, shellfish preparations and a selection of meat to round out the pervasive offerings. For more information call 805-295-5104, or visit them on the web at The Oyster Loft.
Harry’s Nightclub & Beach Bar
Harry’s is known as the local beach bar. A favorite for bikers, surfers, smokers, and anyone looking to dance to the eighties on a Friday night. The bar is large and has two pool tables on one side of the bar opposite the dance floor and stage separated by a main bar dividing the bar in half. They serve all the basic beers and well drinks but nothing too high end. For more information call 805-773-1010, or visit them on the web at Harry’s Nightclub & Beach Bar.
The Rooftop at Inn at the Pier is the bar to visit in Pismo Beach, with elevated views of the Pacific coastline and effortless West Coast style. Bask in the sunshine poolside, or keep it cool under an umbrella. Choose from seasonally-inspired small plates at our Pismo Beach restaurant, perfectly complemented by signature cocktails and the best of local craft brews. Grab the girls for the ultimate Sunday brunch – did we mention the Build Your Own Bellini Bar? Or share a breathtaking sunset with that certain someone. At The Rooftop, every occasion is special. For more information call 805-295-5565, or visit them on the web at The Rooftop.
Mongo’s Sports Bar & Restaurant of Grover Beach, CA features great food, cold drinks and entertainment every day of the week. Stop by for great food, cocktails, cold beer, live music and meet the friendly staff and local customers. Try their award winning Bloody Mary’s, 1/2 lb Burgers, fabulous Fish & Chips, and homemade Clam Chowder!! Watch your favorite sport on our 9 HD TVs and for special events a 14 ft projector screen. Happy hour is daily from 3 – 7 p.m. For more information call 805-489-3639, or visit them on the web at Mongo’s Saloon.
The Oyster Loft
More than a restaurant, Oyster Loft is an experience, where excellent service rivals the taste and aesthetics of presentation. The upscale cuisine and regional seafood dishes are prepared with the utmost attention to detail. Happy hour is Monday – Thursday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. For more information call 805-295-5104, or visit them on the web at The Oyster Loft.
AJ Spurs Saloon
They have a full service bar that is elevated over the parking lot with a view to the ocean. It is a nice relaxing bar with occasional live entertainment. This rustic bar takes you back in time to the old west with a more “parlour” like atmosphere and great open views. For more information call 805-489-7770, or visit them on the web at AJ Spurs Saloon.
Holiday Inn Express Grover Beach-Pismo Beach Area
Featuring guest rooms with balconies and a beautiful outdoor pool facility, Holiday Inn Express Grover Beach-Pismo Beach Area is located just off Highway 101 and less than 1.5 miles from downtown Grover Beach. Rooms are equipped with free WiFi and a TV cable channels. A refrigerator and in-room coffee machine are included. Grover Beach Holiday Inn Express guests can enjoy the on-site whirlpool or the lobby fireplace. The business center offers a public computer, fax and printing services. A hot breakfast buffet including eggs, fruit and cinnamon rolls is served daily and can be enjoyed with a free copy of the morning paper. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit Holiday Inn Express Grover Beach-Pismo Beach Area.
SeaVenture Beach Hotel (1.6 miles from Grover Beach)
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Just a 10-minute walk from downtown Pismo Beach, this resort offers guests relaxation and convenience. An on-site restaurant and a spa are available. Rooms feature a private terrace with a hot tub. A sitting area with a fireplace and cable TV is included in each beach-chic guest room at SeaVenture Beach Hotel. Free Wi-Fi is provided and a mini-bar and coffee and tea-making facilities are available. Guests can rent bicycles on the property to explore the surrounding area. The on-site restaurant at SeaVenture features a seasonal menu. Items are prepared with locally farmed vegetables, premium meats, and fresh fish and seafood. All desserts are made in-house from scratch and room service is available. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, and with limited brunch hours on Sunday. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit SeaVenture Beach Hotel.
Oxford Suites Pismo Beach (1.0 miles from Grover Beach)
This property is a 20-minute walk from the beach. Featuring a lagoon-shaped outdoor pool, this Pismo Beach hotel features a free hot breakfast and a free evening reception daily. Free Wi-Fi and free parking is available. Pismo Beach is a 25-minute walk away. Wine, beer, soft drinks and appetizers are provided in the evening reception daily at Pismo Beach Oxford Suites. A children’s wading pool is available. A 24-hour convenience store and a coffee service are also featured at Oxford Suites Pismo Beach. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Oxford Suites Pismo Beach.
Sandcastle Inn (1.7 miles from Grover Beach)
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Just 5 minutes’ drive from Pismo State Beach, this oceanfront hotel is steps from the beach. An on-site gift shop offers beach necessities including coolers and sunscreen. Free Wi-Fi is included in all rooms. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sandcastle Inn.
Inn at the Pier (1.8 miles from Grover Beach)
Located in Pismo Beach, 20 miles from Morro Bay, Inn at the Pier features air-conditioned rooms and private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also provides bike rental. Santa Maria is 17 miles from Inn at the Pier, and San Luis Obispo is 10 miles from the property. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Inn at the Pier.