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Enter Sandvan!

This was our first test run trip with our newly acquired ‘92 Eurovan Westfalia. We’d purchased this rad little camper van from an older fellow in Vancouver, Imported it, and drove it all the way back home to use as a candidate in our Westfalia rental fleet. We only saw it fit that we take it on our annual trip over to Pismo Beach to get a feel, and really test all it’s functionalities. I have to say, I finally see why people love these things.


Being a sort of a hidden gem in the world of vacationers and tourists alike, Pismo beach California isn’t always a must see stop in most travelers’ itineraries, but I’m writing this to persuade you otherwise. We’re pretty much regulars to this amazing place every summer. We started out camping near the town of Grover Beach when I was a kid, in small but beautiful little campgrounds filled with trailers. Like many others, we drove down to the beach for the day to have our fun in the sand. Now when I say fun, I’m not talking about your typical sandcastle building, picnicking type of beach day. I’m talking about high octane H1 Hummer rides, ATV, and dune buggy rentals to blast up across the sand and up into the dunes with. Are you starting to see why this place is so unique?

Oh, and the amount of great food in this town is amazing. We stopped in at one of our favorite spots for A-class seafood while we where there; the always packed, Splash Cafe. Our special ordered clam chowder bread bowl with extra prawns on top was absolutely killer!

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As each year went by, we slowly migrated closer and closer to the Beach recreational area itself, until finally we began our ritual of setting up camp right there in the sand. It truly is an experience unlike any other to have sand rails and quads race by all day, and sounds of crashing waves 10 feet from your campsite at night.