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Shell Beach Panoramic Walk

San Luis Obispo, CA
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Shell Beach Panoramic Walk, San Luis Obispo California

Description

This is one of the most beautiful spots on earth! It is on the grounds of the Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge but the public can take a stroll here. On one side of you are sea stacks jutting out of the blue-green sea. On the other side, the waves roll into Pismo Beach. There are two gazebos, both with wonderful views of the sea below and the sound of sea gulls calling out. This is probably one of the nicest places one could get married and almost every time I've been here there's been white chairs set out for a wedding (the air is cold though).  As you walk along you look down at steep rock cliffs where pelicans stand on ledges and the ocean crashes and swirls against the rock walls. It is mesmerizing. Flowers dot the path. If you want to walk further, you can walk along Price St. There are several restaurants along this stretch of road that also have marvelous views.
For access to the beach, walk east to Seacrest Hotel. There are public stairs and a handicapped lift. You can explore the amazing Pismo Caves at the beach below.
If you're hungry, check out the restaurants in Pismo town.

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The flower-covered hills to the north.
The flower-covered hills to the north.
Jutting sea rocks over mirrored water in the early morning.
Jutting sea rocks over mirrored water in the early morning.
Sunset behind gazebo at Best Western Shore Lodge Inn, and wedding ceremony chairs.
Sunset behind gazebo at Best Western Shore Lodge Inn, and wedding ceremony chairs.
Tranquil nighttime view- wow!
Tranquil nighttime view- wow!
Aaaaaah...California!
Aaaaaah...California!
Pismo Beach at night, view to the east of our walk...
Pismo Beach at night, view to the east of our walk...
Magnificent shade of blue...the ocean and gazebo at the Best Western Shore Lodge Inn.
Magnificent shade of blue...the ocean and gazebo at the Best Western Shore Lodge Inn.
View from the gazebo.
View from the gazebo.
I love to look down through trees at the sea!
I love to look down through trees at the sea!
The familiar rock you always see from the freeway is right by you!
The familiar rock you always see from the freeway is right by you!
View from a second gazebo on the grounds of the Best Western Shore Lodge Inn, looking towards Pismo Beach.
View from a second gazebo on the grounds of the Best Western Shore Lodge Inn, looking towards Pismo Beach.
Spring flowers by the sea.
Spring flowers by the sea.
Look down on swirling water crashing into rock coves below.
Look down on swirling water crashing into rock coves below.
Pelicans hanging out on the rocks below.
Pelicans hanging out on the rocks below.
View of Pismo pier through the trees.
View of Pismo pier through the trees.
The happy pelicans.
The happy pelicans.
A funny way to sleep!
A funny way to sleep!
Pelican balancing on a tree stump.
Pelican balancing on a tree stump.
The pelicans can't complain about the view!
The pelicans can't complain about the view!
Flowers and white picket fence with view of Pismo Beach.
Flowers and white picket fence with view of Pismo Beach.
The rocks below. I love this vantage point!
The rocks below. I love this vantage point!
View of Pismo Caves from above.
View of Pismo Caves from above.
Looking down at the wonderful sea.
Looking down at the wonderful sea.
Purple poppies and a view.
Purple poppies and a view.

Directions

Shore Cliff Lodge is located at 2555 Price Street, Pismo Beach CA 93449, call (805) 773-4671.
When traveling north, exit Highway 101 at Shell Beach Rd/Mattie Rd. Turn toward the ocean, go under the freeway, and then turn left at the end, on Price Street. There is a parking lot on your right.
When traveling south, exit Highway 101 at Price Street. Turn right and there will be a parking lot on your left. Because the cliffs recently eroded, you have to walk through the hotel lobby to get to the lookout.

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Visitor Ratings

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Kim
09/21/2010 10:00
Perfect :)

Rosa
07/07/2010 11:54
I know this view well. we lived in here for 5 years we spent many hours riding our bikes along the coast from here to Santa Barbara, but Shell Beach is our favorite, maybe someday we'll be back...

adam
02/10/2010 14:44
indescribable

Ana
10/09/2009 15:18
Wow! Great rocks!

Last Updated Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:41:00 GMT