Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA)
Formerly Pismo Dunes SVRA, this sand dune complex is geologically unique and also provides an impressive playground for off-highway enthusiasts from throughout the United States. One of several OHV areas administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Oceano Dunes also offers visitors other recreational activities such as swimming, surfing, surf fishing, camping, and hiking. The staff at Oceano Dunes wishes you an enjoyable and safe stay.
SLO Wine Country is populated by artisan vintners and family-owned wineries. The majority of the region’s vineyard acreage is Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified, reflecting a shared respect for the environment. And while our wineries offer a diverse range of varietals and styles, they are united by the distinct growing conditions of SLO Wine Country.
Surrounded by windswept dunes, coastal vistas and amber-colored hillsides, Monarch Dunes represents the handiwork of El Dorado Hills-based architect Damian V. Pascuzzo and PGA TOUR Professional Steve Pate of Pascuzzo and Pate Design.
GOLF Magazine recognized The Old Course at Monarch Dunes among the “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play” in its January 2007 issue. The Damian Pascuzzo design was the only California-based course to make the magazine’s annual list, which features the 10 best new public-access courses that debuted in 2006.Monarch Dunes was also honored by Golf Inc. magazine as a finalist for the publication’s “Development of the Year” awards in the daily-fee category. Additionally, Fairways + Greens magazine named Monarch Dunes as the“Best New Course in the West” and ranked the course No.19 on its list of the “Top 36 Non-Resort Courses in the West.”
There are a variety of surf spots located along the central coast; however, the pier at Pismo Beach is probably the most popular. High tide usually provides a nice break with a southwest swell.
Morro Bay is another spot that offers a clean break. West facing beaches provide a variety of breaks. The best waves are knee-high to several feet overhead, and the best swells come from the west.
Wave cameras and current surf condition reports can be found on Web sites such as Surf Line (www.surfline.com) and Wave Watch (www.wavewatch.com). Reports are typically updated throughout the day to provide accurate conditions.
San Luis Obispo county is ag country and thus some of the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables can be found at one of the many local farmers' markets. Visit Downtown SLO Farmer's Market on Thursday evenings, Avila Beach Farmers' Market on Friday evenings, Arroyo Grande Farmers' Market on Saturday, and Nipomo Farmers' Market on Sunday. Click here for more info.