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Nipomo is a census designated place in San Luis Obispo County, California.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest commercial airports are San Luis Obispo (SBP IATA) and Santa Maria (SMX IATA). The Santa Barbara Airport (SBA IATA) is 90 miles to the south. Major airports are in the Los Angeles area, or San Francisco Bay Area where you will have more travel options.

By car[edit]

Nipomo is on Highway 101, south of San Luis Obispo.

By train[edit]

Nearest train stations are in the nearby cities of Guadalupe and Grover Beach.

Get around[edit]



  • Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, +1 805 343-9151. An 18-mile stretch of sand dunes on the coastline. Hiking, wildlife viewing to surf fishing. The Dune Center (see Guadalupe for details) offers guided walks of the dunes. Cecil B. DeMille filmed the 10 Commandments on these dunes then buried the set pieces in the sand. As the dunes blow in the wind, the sets are revealed then reburied so keep an eye out for "ancient Egyptian" architecture during your visit. Many other films have been filmed on this beach including a few scenes from the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie



  • Jocko's Steakhouse, 125 N Thompson Ave, + 1 805-929-3686. Monday – Friday 4 PM to 9 PM; Saturday – Sunday 1 PM to 9 PM. Dressy casual environment, frequently booked in advance with walkin space saved.




Go next[edit]

  • Santa Maria - Seven miles south of Nipomo, Santa Maria is the largest city in Santa Barbara County, and is probably best known as the original home of barbecue tri-tip, now referred to as Santa Maria style barbecue. The area is also one of the state's largest wine-producing regions, and has been a filming location for films ranging from The Ten Commandments to Pirates of the Caribbean.
Routes through Nipomo
San Luis ObispoArroyo Grande  N  S  Santa MariaSanta Barbara

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