Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande


The Village of Arroyo Grande has grown up a bit in the last few years. New businesses have moved in and new construction has spruced up the downtown. But the city planners have been wise to keep the historic 170 foot swinging bridge and the quaint atmosphere and historic buildings that have been the town’s hallmark.

Arroyo Grande is home to the Strawberry Festival, one of the largest festivals in California and picked as a premier Memorial Day destination by Sunset Magazine and is also one of the “Five Cities,” the other communities being Oceano, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, and Shell Beach.

Included among the historic buildings in the village, is the Heritage House Museum and Gardens, the Santa Manuela Schoolhouse, the “Barn,”( the South County Historical Society’s Museum Annex,) and the IOOF Building, on the National Register of Historical Places.

Arroyo Grande has lots of interesting stores in its historic downtown, including many antique stores, clothing boutiques, gift shops, Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, and Klondike’s Pizza, a great place to take the kids.

West on Grand Avenue through Grover Beach is the Oceano Dunes State Park, the only stretch of beach in the California State Park system where vehicles can drive on the sand.




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