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Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

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“soft sand”(7 reviews)
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Pier Avenue, Oceano, CA
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All reviews oceano dunes soft sand own vehicle great place to ride sand dollars rent an atv unique place year olds dirt bike beautiful beach bucket list having fun dune buggy crab camping truck california
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went in December so it was pretty empty compared to the mad house I hear it is in the main season, The weather cooperated and it was in the mid 60's but felt warmer. This place is beautiful and even romantic if you're with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Angelou11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oceano dunes is unique in that you get to go offloading at the beach. The dunes are fun and there are ATV Rentals and other services nearby. The area is small for a OHV area and there are lots of campers and ATVs. Fun and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank raymondhiemstra
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

We walked on the beach and saw so many sand dollars that weren’t broken. Never expected that with all the vehicles there. The sun was warm and not very crowded.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Awolsmith
Reviewed 23 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank abigail629
Reviewed 5 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kymmie Q
Reviewed 31 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ShowOurKidsTheWorld
Reviewed 29 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BuddyV_12
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.