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Approximately 600 acres of coastal active dunes, with undeveloped native habiat including ~2 miles of beach, the Santa Maria River estuary, foredunes, backdunes, and riparian. Home to the California least tern, western snowy plover, northern...more
Sand dunes lead to a small beach with strong waves. Visitors, locals and fishermen mingle here at this hidden jem on the central coast. The lovely, moderately sized dunes perfectly frame the secluded beach. If you like Central Coastal beaches, give this place a visit.
The sand dunes at this beach were used for the filming of the old Ten Commandments movie. Artifacts are being uncovered to this day and are on display in Guadalupe. Also Johnny Depp filmed at least one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie on...More
The actual dune complex with the old movie sets is closed to the public. You can drive to parking lot (road floods a bit in rain) but then you can walk to the beach but not back on the dunes. Movie buffs will be disappointed.
I grew up in this area and well familiar with this beach. The beach is big and plenty of room to roam by it has many restrictions.
The parking lot is a fair size and never really an issue when looking for parking. The restrooms...More
This is on the coast near Santa Maria where the Guadalupe river meets the Pacific Ocean. In the gap between the mountains, the wind has formed these huge sand dunes. Cool place to visit to cool off in the surf. Plenty of surf fishing as...More
Visited over Thanksgiving break with family in 2016 - fantastic view, quiet, peaceful and so vast you won't feel the crowd. Was given direction by ATV operator at Pismo beach. Having being to other dunes (Death Valley, Point Reyes, Oregon Coast) I find this to...More
The Dunes are incredible to behold. Literally miles of them in every direction. Only one way in and one way out with a very small parking lot to service many people who come to see the Dunes. You don't really want to stay under those...More
We were at a loose end one day on our California road trip, having arrived early in Pismo Beach and not able to check in to our hotel. For a change we decided to rely on traditional travel guides for inspiration - never again! Our...More
Worth the drive out. You drive through the dunes to a beautiful beach. Very tranquil. There is a nice parking area and restrooms. There are nesting areas for the California Least Tern and the Western Snowy Plover, so some areas are cordoned off during nesting...More