Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast
Oceano
south of Pismo Beach California


Oceano is the place where you can drive right off the street and onto the beach. It is the only state park where you can do this, and almost the only place in California where it is legal. The first mile is for street-legal vehicles only and no camping. South of Post 2 both camping and OHV play are allowed.

Dune-buggy type recreation is immensely popular and brings a lot of money into the adjacent communities. But it is incompatible with wildlife, natural vegetation, and most other forms of recreation. The dunes continue for many miles south of the OHV legal area.



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Entrance station for driving on the beach and dunes at Oceano

(June 11, 2010)


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Evening on the Grand Dune Trail at Oceano Dunes

(June 10, 2010)


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Rescue towtruck on the beach at Oceano Vehicular Recreation Area

(June 10, 2010)


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Dunes behind the beach at Oceano

(June 10, 2010)


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Tidal lagoon at Oceano Park

(June 11, 2010)


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