Lifeguard tower and coastline at Pismo Beach, CA.

The Perfect Hotel for Your Pismo Beach Adventure!

Just an 18-Minute Drive from Pismo Beach!
Holiday Inn & Suites Santa Maria is nestled between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo in the charming village of Santa Maria, California. That means we’re right in the middle of all the best places along the Central Coast, including Pismo Beach! If you’re traveling to Pismo Beach for its quiet, charming atmosphere, unique wineries, stunning coves, and pristine beaches, Holiday Inn & Suites Santa Maria provides a comfortable, convenient home base for your Central Coast adventure!

Wooden boardwalk leading over the dunes to Pismo Beach in California.


Getting to Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is just a scenic, 18-minute ride up US-101 from Holiday Inn & Suites Santa Maria. When you get to Pismo Beach, you’ll find automated pay parking stations throughout town, which are in effect from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Get directions from the hotel to the beach.

Parking at Holiday Inn & Suites Santa Maria is always free!

Pismo Beach Accommodations

After an amazing day of fun, sun, seafood, and sand, unwind at the comfortable, quiet, and convenient Holiday Inn & Suites Santa Maria! Whether you’re riding waves off the pier or attending one of the town’s phenomenal festivals, you’ll have a full range of amenities to help you rest up for another great day in Pismo Beach!

  • Spacious Guest Rooms
  • Pet-Friendly Amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Picture-Perfect Outdoor Pool
  • In-Room Kitchenettes (Suites with full kitchen)
  • Breakfast and Dinner at Portabella Bar & Grill
  • In-Room Coffee Maker
  • On-Site Laundry for Your Sandy Beachwear
  • Free Parking
  • Rollaway Beds Available Upon Request
  • Connecting Rooms Available Upon Request

Things To Do At Pismo Beach

Drive on the Beach at Pismo State Park

Pismo State Beach is the only beach you can drive on along the Central Coast and the largest drive-on beach in California. This popular camping area also offers sand dunes where ATVs, Razrs, dune buggies, and motorcycles with paddle tires all converge for some motorized fun. Head to Oceano Dunes and take to the sand in your car.

Or better yet, rent an off-road dune buggy or ATV and explore the 5.5 miles of dunes with speed and style! And just like our hotel, Pismo State Beach is dog-friendly, so don’t leave the pup at home!

Take a Hike at Pismo State Park

Looking for a bit more adventure? Spend your day hiking the beautiful terrain around Pismo Beach and the Pismo Reserve. Explore the many trail options for all fitness levels.

Have a Bonfire at Grover Beach

After a day in the sun, park your car right next to your very own bonfire. Grover Beach is the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows while enjoying the sound of the waves crashing onto the sand.

Or better yet, rent an off-road dune buggy or ATV and explore the 5.5 miles of dunes with speed and style! And just like our hotel, Pismo State Beach is dog-friendly, so don’t leave the pup at home!

Surf Off the Pismo Pier

In Pismo Beach, surfing is a way of life. The waves are perfect for both beginners and experts, and you’ll often see surfers taking to the waves off the Pismo Pier. If you’re a novice, you can rent any equipment you need and even take lessons. If you want to enjoy the waves all year long or need to know the best time to don your wetsuit, check out the Pismo Beach Pier surf cam.

When you’ve ridden your last wave for the day, stick around the picturesque pier to enjoy the 60-acre-beach, volleyball courts, children’s play areas, plus restaurants and shopping nearby!

Visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove

In late October through February, thousands of bright orange and black butterflies call the eucalyptus trees of Pismo State Beach their home. The effect is stunning and admission to the Monarch Butterfly Grove is free! You can even take a tour led by volunteer docents who give daily talks at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy the Wineries of the Central Coast

Between Edna Valley, Avila Valley and Arroyo Grande, there’s more than enough vineyards to visit and taste—many of them right in Pismo Beach. Here are a couple of our nearby favorites:

Monarch Grove Winery

Known for handcrafted, small batches, Monarch Grove Winery is the first winery in Grover Beach. They buy their fruit from local growers and pride themselves in making wine as unique as the Central Coast climate.

921 Griffin, Suite A, Grover Beach, CA 93433

Edna Valley Vineyard

Just down the road from Pismo Beach is Edna Valley Vineyard, which offers food-friendly wines reflecting the character of the local area. They’ve been around for over 30 years, so you know you’ll get a well-crafted bottle when you visit!

2585 Biddle Ranch Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Palm trees and a cloudy blue sky at Pismo Beach.

Pismo Beach Events

There’s never a shortage of things to do in Pismo Beach. The town’s pristine beaches, amazing weather, and prime location on the Central Coast make it the ideal spot for festivals and must-attend events. While the following list highlights our favorites, you can find a more comprehensive list at

The Classic at Pismo Beach

Plan your next trip to Pismo Beach around this annual classic car show typically held in June.

Wine, Waves & Beyond

Enjoy three days of unforgettable events that celebrate California’s traditional surfing lifestyle and culture, plus exceptional wine and food.

Pismo Clam Festival

This fall event is one of the largest annual events held in Pismo Beach with 15,000 people converging to enjoy a Clam Chowder Contest, as well as food and wine from across the Central Coast.

Taste of Pismo

Every April, people from across the Central Coast come to Dinosaur Caves Park for the Taste of Pismo to enjoy samples from the area’s most renown restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
Lunch menu at Pismo Beach restaurant with a bowl of food and a sandwich.

Dining in Pismo Beach

The dining in Pismo Beach tends to have a casual—and delicious—vibe. Here are a few can’t-miss spots.

Oyster Loft

If you’re looking for an upscale dining atmosphere, you have to visit the Oyster Loft. The experience is luxe and the seafood is divine.

101 Pomeroy Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

The Splash Cafe

The clam chowder at The Splash Cafe is award-winning and definitely worth the wait.

197 Pomeroy Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Ventana Grill

You won’t see a better view than at the Ventana Grill. Enjoy Mexican cuisine on the balcony while watching the sunset over the water.

2575 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Cracked Crab

For over twenty years, the cozy Cracked Crab has been serving up some of the Central Coast’s very best seafood – and our absolute favorite key lime pie in town!

751 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Plan Your Pismo Beach Adventure

When you’re planning your visit to Pismo Beach and California’s Central Coast, stay with us! We can’t wait to welcome you to The Holiday Inn & Suites Santa Maria!

COVID-19 Update

Holiday Inn Santa Maria & Suites is officially open for tourism travel.

Please read the overview of our precautions and preventive cleaning measures to see how we are taking care of our guests during the COVID-19 pandemic.