Seaside Bliss: Pismo Beach

For summer time trips, J and I decided that seaside, unpretentious, and drivable destinations are it.

We came back from a blissful three days in Pismo Beach. It was a great low budget way to lounge among blue skies and a warm beach. We opted to stay at the Seacrest Inn on the cliffs complete with a pool, steps to the lovely beach, and an ocean view patio. From our patio, it felt like we were in Hawaii.

In our decked out room, there was a nice empty fridge (no liquor and bottled water that hotels try to sell) for all of our snacks and a microwave too. Perfect when you want to bring a cooler of stuff from home. In the morning at low tide, we walked down to check out the caves and catch the morning breeze. For lunch we picked up slammin’ clam chowder that tastes like it’s enriched with truffle butter at the Seaside CafĂ©. At sunset, we made sand castles and watched other families laugh in the waves. It made us appreciate the California coast like never before.

We also discovered the cliffs at Shell Beach where we flew our kite against the ocean view and relaxed at the artsy sea themed park. Who could ask for more? There is also a farmer’s Market on the weekend where we chowed down on delicious Oaxaca style tamales. Just 15 minutes away is SLO (San Luis Obispo) where we hung out at the new Children’s Museum.

Bonus point for this road trip: We discovered Lumpia Hut in Salinas on our way back. One of the few Filipino restaurant we found that had good food along with good presentation and excellent customer service. They even have a kid's menu that includes kid size adobo, juice, and rice.

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