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The Central Coast Starts Here

Welcome from the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce and Chamber President Richard Malvarose. On behalf of the Chamber, I want to say thank you for taking the time to learn more about our little slice of paradise here on the California Central Coast.

The residents and businesses in Nipomo are spoiled by the best average weather in the United States due mainly to our micro climate that provides us temperate weather year round. Our quality life really is second to none with a wealth of history, fantastic surroundings, numerous world class golf courses, abundant outstanding wineries and a long list of other amenities.

Nipomo played an important part in the formation of what was later to become the Great State of California. In 1837 during the Mexican Rancho Era, while this area was still known as Alta California, a large grant of land was awarded to Captain William Dana of Boston. In 1839 he built an adobe that was visited by such pre-State dignitaries as Benjamin Foxen and John C. Fremont. The home has since been restored and stands today as the oldest residence in San Luis Obispo County. Take a drive down South Oak Glen Avenue and see for yourself what this historic ranch has to offer.

In 1936 a photojournalist named Dorothea Lange captured numerous images of Nipomo in the middle of the Great Depression, one of which went on to become one of, if not the, quintessential photo of the Depression. Ms. Lange came upon Florence Thompson and her children huddled in a crude lean-to while her husband was in town getting the car repaired. A few photos were taken of the family and one photo in particular “Migrant Mother” would go on to become world famous.

Over the years the Chamber, through many iterations, has become the “Go To” place for all things Nipomo. From referrals to local businesses and services, to what’s happening that weekend, to complimentary maps and directories; our courteous Executive Director Amber Wilson and staff are always ready to assist. If you are a resident you already know how great we have it here. If you are just visiting take the time to explore where the Central Coast starts.

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