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Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

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“soft sand”(6 reviews)
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Pier Avenue, Oceano, CA
+1 805-473-7220
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is one of the few beaches that you can drive your can and also camp.We have a jeep so for us it's easy to drive in and also play around in the San dunes, you can rent ATV's there if you like or...More

Thank abigail629
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took my 3 & 4 year olds and their 9 year old cousin on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. We were afraid it would be packed and all day passes would be sold out, but we were pleasantly surprised to have no problems! Entry...More

Thank Kymmie Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 10 days in California exploring the coast with our family of 4. My 11 year old said the BEST thing we did on vacation was ride the dunes at Oceano! Since we had a rental car we opted not to drive out on...More

Thank ShowOurKidsTheWorld
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the only beach in the state of California that literally you can drive down the beach. If your car is 4x4 you can take your own risk of driving to the sand. Instead of doing this we walk like a mile or two...More

Thank Renato L
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Oceano Dunes SVRA offers quite unique opportunity to drive on a beautiful ocean beach. It's recommended for 4WD vehicles but if you watch a bit where you drive there is no risk with a normal car either. We didn't try with our rental Kia minivan...More

Thank Jan R
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

This beach is uniquely beautiful. Drive on the beach, rent an ATV, go to the top of a dune and take in the ocean/mountain range/blue sky/mist/coastline. Cruise around until all you can see is sand towering above you contrasted against the sky. Take in the...More

Thank Buddy V
Reviewed 26 July 2018

I guess if you are into a lot of vehicles driving on the beach and off road vehicles tearing up the dunes then this is for you. It's not a beach to take your kids and let them play because there are so many vehicles...More

3  Thank soulsisters
Reviewed 22 July 2018

We walked in as it was almost dusk but by the looks of it, everyone had been there all day...can't wait to go back during the day for a campfire and bbq!

Thank Bzymamacee
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Loved this experience. It didn’t hurt that it was a beautiful summer night. It’s a bargain for $5! The packed sand is easy to drive on. The soft sand is enjoyable to walk on. Tons of families having fun. Cowboys riding their horses. We even...More

1  Thank Mpfisher
Reviewed 2 July 2018

We were traveling up the coast and decided to stop at Oceano. What an experience. 9 am. Nice drive on the beach. Crab things and silver dollars washing up on shore and pelicans eating them. then the dunes were amazing. nice drive on the beach...More

Thank Rich T
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29 August 2018|
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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
I saw plenty of RV's out on the sand. Two of them were stuck...so, sure you can go, just don't get too brave. Also, I noticed that RV's had plywood barricading the sides of the RV's for overnight camping so the sand wouldn't... More
11 May 2018|
Response from Meghan V | Reviewed this property |
Just stay on hard sand. The ranger will tell you where not to drive past. We took our RWD sprinter van and were fine.
4 April 2015|
Response from Pavan V | Reviewed this property |
Don't know. This is an ATV vehicle riding area, I don't believe camping is allowed.