Not all hamlets along the Golden State’s 1,100-mile coastline are created equal. Here are five true gems, each with its own distinct and irresistible lure.
Pismo Beach: Water Sports
What's more California-cool than surfing? Even if you’re a beginner, Sandbar Surf School will get you riding the waves—if not hangin’ ten—with group lessons or during summertime surf camps on Pismo’s rolling three-to-five-foot waves. Kayaking is big here, too, and during the guided Cave Excursion offered by Central Coast Kayaks, paddlers explore grottos, kelp forests, and protected coves accessible only by water—no experience required except the ability to swim.