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Retirement Living In City of Pismo Beach - California

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Area Description

This classic beach town is located on California's famous central coast, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles along Pacific Coast and 101 Highways. We offer long white beaches for taking a pleasant stroll or for just enjoying the spectacular views of the Pismo Beach sunset.

Enjoy Pismo Beach's great weather and fabulous area wineries. Golfing, riding the dunes in a four-wheel ATV, horseback riding, surfing, body boarding, or fishing from our 1200-foot pier can all be part of a Pismo Beach vacation. Take a leisurely walk on our award-winning boardwalk adjacent to the Pismo Beach pier. Shop at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, and be sure to visit the California Welcome Center while there.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   From swimming and hiking to kayaking, surfing and golf, Pismo Beach offers an array of outdoor activities destined to satisfy any sports aficionado. The area boasts four picturesque golf courses, fresh water lakes and salt water for surfing, kite boarding, fishing or swimming. Beautiful beaches and a taste of California wine country are at your fingertips with oceanfront hotels and distinct restaurants.

Pismo Beach has been blessed with an abundance of wildlife. One of the most spectacular Monarch Butterfly Groves in the country is on our southern boundary. There is a bounty of water bound friends - Whales, Otters, Elephant Seals, etc. just offshore.

Recognized by scientists, conservationists, and the public as the finest, most extensive coastal dunes remaining in California, the Oceano Dunes on Pismo State Beach are a must see, and you can drive on the beach to see them, if you like. Our 8 miles of towering sand dunes are often used in movie and television shows. They are ideal for horseback riding, picnics, hiking, guided nature walks and camping.

For the adventurous, how about four wheel ATV riding on the dunes, or a biplane ride? Miles of bike lanes and bike trails in and through town and along the spectacular coast await you. You can surf and boogie-board year round near the pier. Pismo and Shell Beaches offer spectacular rocks, caves, cliffs, beaches and coves that are perfect for kayaks or stand up paddle-boards. Equipment, such as surfboards, boogie boards and wet suits, bicycles, sun buggies, etc., can be rented. Free beach wheelchairs are available.

Cultural Activities

From live theater to museums and historical preserves, check out the many other activities found in Pismo Beach at www.ClassicCalifornia.com.

Public transportation

Buses travel to many surrounding cities and townships. You can catch a ride to the Outlet Mall or neighboring beaches. With no set timetables, and destinations of your choice, Dial A Ride offers affordable travel designed around your needs. Taxi service is also available 24/7

Medical Facilities

Although Pismo Beach proper does not have its own hospital, there are three hospitals in San Luis Obispo County, with hundreds of beds available to serve residents. The Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is the largest, providing emergency services, coronary care, in-patient surgery, and a blood bank. The French Hospital Medical Center is another major facility, offering nuclear medicine and an open heart surgery facility. Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is a full service, general, acute care, medical-surgical facility.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In City of Pismo Beach, California?

Summer (June-August) Early morning fog and overcast skies, which usually clear by mid day.
Fall (September-November) Sunny skies, warm temperatures and calm winds are the norm most days.
Winter (December-February) Conditions are similar to those in the fall, with occasional brief rain showers and cool temperatures.
Spring (March-May) Occasional showers, sunny skies and mild to warm temperatures are standard.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  43  52  62
 Feb  44  53  62
 Mar  46  55  64
 Apr  47  57  67
 May  49  59  69
 Jun  52  62  71
 Jul  54  64  73
 Aug  55  65  74
 Sep  54  64  75
 Oct  51  62  72
 Nov  47  57  67
 Dec  42  52  62

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  1  0
 Feb  0  1  0
 Mar  0  0  0
 Apr  0  0  0
 May  1  0  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  1  0  0
 Aug  1  0  0
 Sep  2  0  0
 Oct  1  0  0
 Nov  0  0  0
 Dec  0  2  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  8  41 %
 Feb  4 "  9  43 %
 Mar  3 "  8  45 %
 Apr  1 "  4  46 %
 May  0 "  2  48 %
 Jun  0 "  1  50 %
 Jul  0 "  0  53 %
 Aug  0 "  0  53 %
 Sep  0 "  1  52 %
 Oct  1 "  3  48 %
 Nov  2 "  5  44 %
 Dec  4 "  7  40 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  0 "  0  0

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Cost of Living for City of Pismo Beach, CA

City of Pismo Beach, California cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

New developments with upscale housing compete with large luxury homes. The hills overlooking the beaches are filled with elegant Spanish style homes. You'll find plenty of less expensive neighborhoods, especially in the older sections, which are just a block or two from the beach.

Senior Assistance in City of Pismo Beach, CA

City of Pismo Beach, California offers the following assistance for seniors:

The City offers adult classes and events, such as Floral Arranging, Yoga, the once-a-month Senior Dance, etc. Meals on Wheels supports the community with hot balanced meals, prepared and delivered to residents of all ages, helping them remain home and in their neighborhoods. Dial A Ride offers affordable travel designed around your needs. Home health is available. Numerous accredited Assisted and/or Living Care facilities can be found in San Luis Obispo County, including a half dozen in the city of San Luis Obispo.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does City of Pismo Beach Offer For Retirees?

There are lots of volunteer opportunities in the City of Pismo Beach. Our three local hospitals need volunteers. The Chamber of Commerce and City Hall are constantly searching for energetic, enthusiastic people, and our schools can always use a helping hand.

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