Sometimes all you want to do is get away for the weekend, but might not have the spare cash. If you own or have access to a tent and a sleeping bag, I find that the best thing to do is go camping! The cost of a campsite per night is a fraction of the price of a hotel or hostel and there are usually tons of free activities to do around campgrounds or in the city or place you choose to camp at. So load up your car and try camping at Pismo Beach next time you’re in the mood for an escape!
This past long weekend, I organized a camping trip for a group of friends to Pismo Beach, California. I grew up visiting this beach town since I was young because my parents fell in love with it when we first came to visit my aunts who attended school at nearby Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
It’s been a few years since I’ve been back so I was extremely excited to spend some time at the beautiful beach and enjoying some time with friends for the long weekend. You can also go wine tasting or hiking if you’re looking to explore more of the area.
I’m always impressed that even though Pismo Beach is popular, it never feels overly crowded. This may be because many people are usually one beach down riding their ATV’s, another activity of many that Pismo has to offer.
Pismo has many of the similar charms as other beach towns, but what makes it different is that it’s home to Splash Cafe. It’s my favorite place to eat clam chowder, winning several awards for it, and usually has a line that wraps around the corner. Don’t get discouraged by the line because it usually moves fast and it definitely worth the wait!
My least and most favorite parts of camping are at night. I love the smell of the campfire and roasting marshmallows, but hate having to clean up the gooey mess left behind on the roasting sticks and the smell of smoke that seems to permanently stick to my hair even days after I’m home and taken multiple showers.