The Shell Beach Inn is just a short stroll from the Pacific and centrally located to experience all the local attractions of the Central Coast. Take in breathtaking ocean views from a nearby park and gazebo overlooking the ocean. This is also an ideal spot to observe the abundant coastal wildlife including playful sea otters, sun-bathing seals, dolphins, and even gray whales. A nearby stairway leads to a secluded beach where tide pools and rock caves entertain and educate the youngest of explorers.

In addition to the Pismo Pier and expansive beaches, visitors enjoy other area activities including drive-on sand dunes, surfing, kayaking, and antique shopping. Many Central Coast wineries are within easy driving distance and Heart Castle is just 30 scenic miles north.

Margo Dodd Park
This ocean-bluff park includes a breathtaking ocean view, covered gazebo, a grassy recreation area, bicycle parking and on-street parking. This park offers excellent photo opportunities of marine and bird life and a rugged coastal terrain. There is beach access to a large tide pool area at the end of Pier Street, where snorkeling and tide pools invite exploration.

Dinosaur Caves Park
This 11-acre park is popular with walkers, photographers, dog lovers, joggers and fishing enthusiasts. One can observe dolphins, whales, sea otters and other sea life as well as sea and shore birds such as gulls, cormorants, and Peregrine falcons.

Hearst Castle
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument: The renowned Central Coast landmark of Hearst Castle is just a scenic 45 minute drive from Pismo Beach. Former home of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the castle is an area must see given its vast collection of European artwork, architectural magnificence, incredible pools and gardens and a unique glimpse into the lifestyle of one of American’s leading publishing greats. Five distinct tours are available. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 1-800-444-4445 to reserve your tour. Please visit the Hearst Castle Website.

Pismo Beach Dunes
Ride the Sand Highway! Just 3 miles from Shell Beach Inn, choose from any of the fun-filled activities available at the dunes from ATV rentals, beach Hummer excursions, dune buggy rentals, bi-plane aerial tours, or coastal horseback riding.

Pismo Pier
When in Pismo Beach don’t forget to walk down the Pismo Pier – we’re known for it! Just a couple of miles down the street from Shell Beach Inn, enjoy a day at the beach and don’t forget to take a stroll.

Central Coast Wine Country
There is nothing else like a tour through the Central Coast wine country. Tour the Edna Valley or Paso Robles wine country and savor some of the world’s finest wines while enjoying the splendid outdoors. Visit or for a glimpse at what’s in store.

Kayaking, Bicycling, Hiking, and More…
The Central Coast is a cornucopia of outdoors activities. All kinds of adventures, from surfing or kayaking along the coast to bicycling quiet country roads, await you. Central Coast Outdoors at 888-873-5610 offers numerous day trips in the area. Visit

Pismo Beach Premium Outlets
Located along the famous California Highway 101 in the popular Oceanside resort town of Pismo Beach, this outlet center is easily accessible to both north and southbound tourists between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Outlet stores include Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger and Nike.