Pismo Beach is one of my favorite places to visit. It seems each time we go up there, we have a different experience. There is so much to see. There is the pier in Pismo with all of it's flair. A great place to eat a Clam Chowder Bowl. There are non populated sections of the beach you need to climb down a flight of stairs for such as the one in this layout. We collected all kinds of sea shells. The water was a pretty dark teal and the sand with the shades on tan made a wonderful layout using this Creative Imaginations paper.
Avila Beach is by Pismo. Avila was just rebuilt by Union Oil, so the whole town is practically new. It is fun to go to the beach here and hang out on their extremely long pier. Avila is a beach that is in a cove and therefore the pier had to be extra long so the boats could dock without hitting the bottom. On the road to Avila is Avila Farms. A great place to pick berries and buy fresh fruit, fruit preserves, fresh cobblers, pies.... anything you can think of. They make it there. Sycamore Springs, which has the sulfur hot tubs hidden in the hills. You climb to your tub - which are staggered along a very private hillside that is full of trees. Sycamore Springs also has massages. Wonderful, relaxing massages. After a long day at the beach, it is perfect to get a massage and have an intimate hot tub. Plus the restaurant there, as I recall was very good! Such a perfect weekend. And then to fill your shopping habit, San Luis Obispo is 5 minutes away with great stores such as Banana Republic, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pottery Barn, and old fashioned theater called The Fremont. The historic Madonna Inn is there also. This place is definitely worth visiting. Each room is decorated differently and they have their own names. The hotel lobby restrooms are in "caves." The sinks are set in the stone wall. They have a garish gift shoppe too.