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Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve

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Dunes to Ocean

Sand dunes lead to a small beach with strong waves. Visitors, locals and fishermen mingle here at... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A cool beach, The Ten Commandments and Johnny Depp

The sand dunes at this beach were used for the filming of the old Ten Commandments movie. Artifacts... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Michael C
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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
West Main Street, Guadalupe, CA 93434
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 April 2018

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.

Thank Z7011UDmichaelp
Reviewed 15 March 2018

This is endless and a great place to walk as you commune with nature. The shoreline goes on forever and you can watch the sandpipers, gulls and crab as you play tag with the waves.

Thank jejk70
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

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

4  Thank Erickg123
Reviewed 14 July 2017

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

1  Thank Rick J
Reviewed 12 December 2016

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

1  Thank KhimLee
Reviewed 27 September 2016

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

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 21 August 2016

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

3  Thank n1968ick
Reviewed 27 July 2016

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

1  Thank csarchibald
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