Instead of going to our usual we decided to do a little scouting, and found a map to all the beach access stairs in Pismo.
Eldwayen is where we wound up first. The beaches although separate from all the other areas, don't seem to have individual names.
We're calling it the beach at Eldwayen Park. The park is a narrow strip that literally sits right next to the bluffs overlooking the beach with a steep stairwell down. It has several BBQ areas and is dog friendly as long as the dog is on a leash. There are no restrooms here, so plan accordingly. On this trip we brought our lunch and ate at the picnic tables. It was a little breezy so we had to bring out the light jackets. I think it's a cool little park when you want to visit the ocean, but don't want to deal with the crowds.
The beach is not one you'd go swimming at. There are rocks everywhere, and the sand is not fine, but made up of small rocks. This is the perfect place to go exploring due to the small tide pools which are filled with small crabs and other sea animals.
After our visit here we went up the road to another park and beach access.
The Good: It is not the typical tourist destination and can be empty even when the crowds at the other beaches are large. It is clean and well groomed. The view is stunning, and the beach is neat for exploring. The sand, if you can call it that is actually little pebbles.
The Bad: Nothing really bad about this park. It is very small, so don't expect it to be huge. If you planned on this being a swimming beach think again, it seems pretty rocky.
The Kids Take: They liked it, but they are to young to appreciate the little tide pools. Montana wanted to go to the "Sandy" beach about 30 minutes after we got there. Eddie could care less, he has a blast no matter what.
Overall: It is worth the trip if your kids are into exploring, especially on a day when it's to cold to go into the water elsewhere or the crowds are large. The beach is very narrow between the cliffs and water so you have to pay extra attention with very young children that they don't get close to the water. As a parent I was a little worried about the kids getting banged up being near the tide pools and rocks, but if you're vigilant you should have no issues.
The sand is more rocky than sand. Sandals or water shoes are a must if you plan on being here awhile.