Pismo Beach is a throwback to the past. In general, it has a nice, mellow feeling. The beach is clearly the main attraction. It is a nice place to stop for a full day at the beach or for one night. I would be careful in choice of accommodations because there seem to be many small motels that are also stuck in the past. There are several upscale hotels (non-chain) and a Best Western that overlooks the water.