A hidden, mellow beach with a questionable piracy connection
Despite its numerous rocky caves perfect for smuggling contraband (or, more likely these days, getting ass-naked), Pirate's Cove doesn't actually have much of a piracy connection. Rumors from the '60s about a buried treasure from Sir Francis Drake gave the place its name, but no treasure was ever found. Booty, sure, but no treasure.
Park at the end of Cave Landing Road and look for the sign directing you to either the beach or the pirate cave. Go the cave route for the best views, but note that the trail is kind of sketchy so be cautious when navigating your course. Once on the beach, you’ll notice it isn’t like the raucous Blacks Beach experience; it’s an older, mellower crowd. Plan your day around the low tide, because sand is at a premium once the higher tides hit.
Non-nude attractions: If you’ve made it to Pismo Beach, you have to try the world’s greatest cinnamon rolls at Old West Cinnamon Rolls. Need a place to stay? Check out the quaint but uber-cool Avila Hot Springs just off the coast and unwind in their heated pools that flow from an underground artesian well. Lastly, check out the expansive off-road area of Oceano Sand Dunes located south of Avila Pier; you can camp, drive on the beach, and ride dune bikes all in the same area.