Nipomo Travel Guide

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Nipomo Travel Guide

Come visit Nipomo’s natural beauty

Natural Dunes • Dana Adobe • Native Gardens

NIPOMO TRAVEL GUIDE – Nipomo is a small city on the mesa in the southern area of San Luis Obispo County that is known for its stands of eucalyptus trees, expansive golf courses, upscale homes, and one of the largest swap meets anywhere. The name Nipomo is derived from a Chumash word, nepomah, meaning “foot of the hill,” and Chumash were the original inhabitants of the area going back 9,000 years.

Nipomo Visitors Guide

Nipomo tourist information

The Dana Adobe near Nipomo.

Nipomo is known for the historical home of Captain William G. Dana whose descendants populated the area and started the town. His adobe house still stands near the 101 Freeway. The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos has been restoring the property and many historical events and festivals are held here throughout the

Other attractions in the city are the Nipomo Native Gardens where a forest of native plants and trees are maintained by volunteers from the Nipomo Native Gardens Society. The Nipomo Native Garden is a twelve acre site located between Pomeroy, Camino Caballo and Osage. The site is in the final stages of being restored to a native botanical garden which will feature native plant communities endemic to the Nipomo Mesa and dunes complex.

Along the country roads throughout town are even rows of thousands of blue gum eucalyptus trees that were planted here in 1908 in anticipation of developing a timber industry. The wood of eucalyptus turned out not to be of the quality necessary for building.

A bit south on Highway 1, at the end of Oso Flaco Lake Road is the Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area. There is a boardwalk across the lake and this is an excellent spot for birdwatching. The trail from the boardwalk leads into the dunes.

The huge Nipomo Swapmeet and Fleamarket are on the grounds adjacent to the 101 Freeway at the Teft Street offramp. The Nipomo Swapmeet & Fleamarket combines great family entertainment with old school swapmeet atmosphere. There is a miniature outdoor railway nestled in a bonsai garden with a waterfall, trestles, tunnels and other miniature marvels. Oil Pan Alley is dedicated entirely to auto enthusiasts, complete with Hot Wheel races.

For the kids there are free miniature pony rides every Sunday, this plus over 300 vendors offering their wares. The Nipomo Swapmeet & Fleamarket is the largest swapmeet on California’s central coast and is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s free but there is a fee to park. — Ruth Ann Angus


The Luffa Farm – Come and see how luffas grow at the Luffa Farm. These natural sponges  grow like squash. Take a free tour and see all their products at the gift shop. Open Wed. to Sun. from 10am-4 pm, 1456 Willow Road.,, (805) 343-0883.

Real Estate

Nipomo Properties – Whether you are looking for your dream home, an investment property or commercial real estate, Nipomo Properties is the full service agency to call. Contact Diane or Anita for all of their latest listings. 543 W Tefft St.,, (805) 929-4970.


Shabby Chic Boutique – This boutique brings you some of the finest antique, vintage and collectible items on the Central Coast. Open Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. 188 W. Tefft St.,, (805) 868-7951.

If you are coming to visit here for a vacation or trip check out these Nipomo Travel Guide stories below. They offer interesting side trips and attractions to see. This tourist information will help enhance your stay.

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