Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

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Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
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regis k
Arcadia, CA1,470 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Super fun place to drive around with ATV. For $5 you can have fun in this recreation sand dune all day long. Some people would set up a fire place and watch to sun set. It’s a beautiful scenery.

You can rent ATV’s right next to the entrance. Costs vary depending on the types of vehicle starting about $50 to $70 an hour. If you have your own ATV, you can definitely try it out here. But please don’t drive your SUV off the path into the soft sand dune area. I got stuck in the sand even though my car is an off road four wheeler. I was fortunate to have a Good Samaritan rescued me.

For just to walk around without cars, go south of this place another 5 minutes, there is a vast sand dune hill that’s just for people. See my pictures.
Written July 24, 2021
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William B
San Francisco, CA136 contributions
Jun 2021
What an experience we drove our Jeep right on the beach next to the water. Do it soon as the beach may someday close to vehicles.
Written June 25, 2021
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA14,503 contributions
Jun 2021
Unexpected sand playground. Great people watching. Sand beach and great walking the beach. Cars drive and park on sand, metered. Be careful.
Written June 12, 2021
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En L
21 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
I loved being able to actually ride on the beach. Of course they want to shut it down so try to enjoy it now. We went during Spring Break and they limit the number of people allowed in. I felt pretty safe camping at the Oceano Dunes campground. Camping is allowed on the beach but I saw people getting stuck in the deep sand.
Written April 6, 2021
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Dancin_Ernie
Oceano, CA54 contributions
May 2020
The vehicle entrances have been closed for 2 months and this places has been glorious with no vehicles except for the ever-present State Parks. Miles of beautiful peaceful beach to walk and amazing dunes just inland to explore. Great for walkers, bikers, surfers, families, kids, birders and fisherman. We now have equestrians, picnics, vollyball, frisbee and kids running everywhere. The popular Pismo clam now has a chance of surviving along with the endangered Snowy plovers. If you want to joy ride - please stay away. Shame on CA State Parks for allowing OHV to trash our beach and "tear up" the dunes.
Written May 30, 2020
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ald233
Arroyo Grande, CA329 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We walked in to observe the area. If you like to tear up beautiful recreational beaches, this is the place for you. In a State known for conservation, it is hard to believe this is a State Park and it even exists.
People can park overnight on the beach and use ATV’s to race around pretty much unregulated. There are regularly a few deaths every year.
Written March 16, 2020
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Carolynn C
Grand Terrace, CA44 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
What a great experience you can drive your car or truck or sand buggy on the beach. We drove our truck and parked right before sunset families were having small fires and dinner others were cruising the beach Ohv approved. This is a State Beach day use 6 am - 11 pm You can take your dog if it’s on a leash.We enjoyed the sunset.
Written March 5, 2020
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA27,567 contributions
Feb 2020
So fun to have the touristy/busy Pismo Beach right next to the tranquility and openness of the dunes in Oceano. Worth getting a 4-wheel drive rental car to check it out.
Written March 3, 2020
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David B
Lancaster, CA738 contributions
Sep 2019
I am spending the winter months reviewing our trips from last summer and planning adventures for this next year, and I will never forget driving on the beach at Oceano Dunes. California has so many regulations, that I could not believe this is a beach you can drive on! It was surreal and really awesome. We parked and played in the surf and dunes all day. It was honestly a little intimidating at first, but if you stay on the wetter sand you will be just fine. It is a beach experience we will never forget.
Written January 14, 2020
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R4CERFR4N
San Francisco, CA62 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
It’s easy to unplug and get away from your devices at this spot.

You’re right on the beach, go riding on ATV rentals and enjoy the ocean, dunes and family.

It is possible to drive in and camp directly on the beach or just stay for the day. There were a few of us that did both. Definitely bring in your own food, there are no nearby restaurants.

The view and ocean alone definitely makes you relax. We usually go in July. But this year it was October. Less crowded for sure.
Written December 11, 2019
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