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Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Guadalupe
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Owner description: Approximately 600 acres of coastal active dunes, with undeveloped native habiat including ~2 miles of beach, the Santa Maria River estuary, foredunes, backdunes, and riparian. Home to the California least tern, western snowy plover, northern harrier, American Avocet, white-tailed kite, red-legged frog, western pond turtle, mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, black-tailed jackrabbit, as well as with several rare plant species. Open to all sorts of passive recreation: birding, wildlife observation, surfing, fishing, hiking, picnicing, and meditation. No off-road vehicles, sandboarding, kites, fires, camping or pets are allowed.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The actual dune complex with the old movie sets is closed to the public. You can drive to parking lot (road floods a bit in rain) but then you can walk to the beach but not back on the dunes. Movie buffs will be disappointed.

Thank Z7011UDmichaelp
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"surf fishing"
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"pismo beach"
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"commune with nature"
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"cool place to visit"
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"the pacific ocean"
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"plover"
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

This is endless and a great place to walk as you commune with nature. The shoreline goes on forever and you can watch the sandpipers, gulls and crab as you play tag with the waves.

Thank jejk70
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I grew up in this area and well familiar with this beach. The beach is big and plenty of room to roam by it has many restrictions.

The parking lot is a fair size and never really an issue when looking for parking. The restrooms are located in the parking lot. There is also a pokey stop in the parking lot that attracts some golf catches.

The beach offers a long coast line good for taking a stroll or going for a run. On the far south end you will eventually run into hill sides USE CAUTION if you decide to climb up top. The dunes in this end are high and good for sliding down using a simple piece of cardboard. Be cautious as they tend to block off the dunes due to the endangered snowy plover.

This beach is great for Pearce fishing. There is never a shortage of fishermen on this coast.

Not good for swimming. There is a serious current that runs through there and although you see a lot of surfers, be warned!

On the north end of the beach you will find a creek that runs into the ocean from the Oso flaco lake.

A cool place to visit but not much to do

1  Thank Erickg123
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

This is on the coast near Santa Maria where the Guadalupe river meets the Pacific Ocean. In the gap between the mountains, the wind has formed these huge sand dunes. Cool place to visit to cool off in the surf. Plenty of surf fishing as well.

Thank Rick J
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

Visited over Thanksgiving break with family in 2016 - fantastic view, quiet, peaceful and so vast you won't feel the crowd. Was given direction by ATV operator at Pismo beach. Having being to other dunes (Death Valley, Point Reyes, Oregon Coast) I find this to be average and the tall dunes are not readily accessible - they are at least an hour's walk away. However there are trails just off the parking lot that brings you to some dune relief. We spent 2-3 hours here just hanging out and am sure any family can do the same on a nice sunny day.

Thank KhimLee
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