Still Beach Bumming at Pismo (Elks Lodge 2504 – Oceano / 5 Cities, CA)

We spent the day (Thursday) bumming around the Pismo Beach area while we’re still parked at the Oceano / 5 Cities Elks Lodge.

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Here’s a little history about the lodge from their website:

Many years ago, probably in the 1940’s, there was a real estate office located on the corner of Highway 1 and what is now Pier Ave., just up from the Lodge. It’s unique design included a three story tower that Harold Guiton, the developer, used to enjoy relaxing in.  When it was no longer needed, the office was torn down, however, the tower was moved to a vacant lot across the street from the Lodge where it laid for several years.  In the early 1950’s the tower was incorporated into a new drive-in built across the street.  The drive-in was called Skipper’s.  Built separately up the street was a bar, called The Sands. Eventually Skipper’s closed until a local cook leased the building. He added a dining room and opened a Mexican restaurant called Spanish Seas.  He eventually built his own restaurant on the corner of Highway 1 and Pier.  This popular restaurant is still going strong, now called Juan’s Cantina.  After the Spanish Seas moved, the building and the bar next door sat vacant until a few men looked into opening an Elks Lodge in the Five Cities area.  They eventually got the charter and leased this property on a lease-buy agreement.  The 564 charter members were initiated on March 23,1974 at the Arroyo Grande High School.

Our Lodge, located within easy walking distance of the beach, and with a large RV area, is a popular place to visit. We currently have just over 1200 members. We have many activities on the calendar and many ways to volunteer.


After breakfast we walked the beach again and enjoyed the day.  Later on we drove around the area to check things out and stocked up on some groceries.  Then we walked around the beach some more:









Stilla stayed on the beach walking ‘Coach’ while I did a little wading.





We closed out the day at the Pismo Beach Pier.




Out on the wharf.



We’ll probably head on south today (Friday).  Check back to see where we end up…