Welcome to Avila Beach

Avila Beach takes its independent spirit seriously. Situated near the ocean, the hills, and wine estates, the walkable village hosts galleries and boutiques to suit most any aesthetic whim. It’s hard to imagine that there’s so much to do and see in one place like Avila Beach, and we haven’t even discussed the surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding or fishing off the pier. The town has long embraced its role as the liaison between the sea and the woodlands and between the field and the vineyard. Spend a few days here, and you’ll depart smitten with your surroundings and seduced by the sea air. Avila Beach is a place where you can pick your perfect paradise.

While in Avila Beach, take a step back in time to the Point San Luis Lighthouse. Visit this historic lightstation, on the National Register of Historic Places and still in operation under the auspices of the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse is tucked away past the town of Avila Beach, reachable by a docent-led trolley, by kayak, or by hiking in with Pecho Coast Trail Guides. Hikes take about an hour to reach the light station, and offer views of the ocean perfect for whale watching during migration. The two-storey keeper’s building harkens back to Victorian Gothic design atop windswept bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Tours are available Wednesdays and Saturdays at noon, 1pm, and 2pm, year-round.

Journey under the sea at the Central Coast Aquarium. This thoughtfully-designed aquarium is home to dozens of species, from the giant Pacific octopus and sharks to tidepool creatures like sea stars and rock crabs. For young visitors, the aquarium offers touch tanks and interactive exhibits designed to foster a lifelong love for the ocean and coastal conservation. The aquarium hosts a range of educational experiences, including Sharks After Dark, a monthly adults-only evening event in which local experts discuss marine topics like oceanography...deliciously paired with appetizers and wine. On regular days throughout the year, the Central Coast Aquarium invites trained divers to help with a dive cleanup. Landlubbers are also welcome to help with beach cleanup days. On the last Thursday or Saturday of the month, the aquarium invites young learners to hear a brief talk on the species of the month, then sets them out with their parents with a Beachcomber’s Guide with everything needed to navigate an adventure to discover the wonderful world under the waves, including Tide Pool Tips, Directions, Photos, Links to Check Tides, and Animal Information.

Enjoy down-home fun at the Avila Valley Barn. A favorite roadside stop since 1985, this sprawling farm is a hoot for the whole family! Shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables, including world-famous See Canyon apples grown just down the road, as well as jams, jellies, baking mixes and flowers. Kids (and kids of all ages) will love the petting zoo with goats, sheep, ponies, ducks, alpacas, and even peacocks. The shop offers decor, cookbooks, linens, a legendary children’s toy section, and other goods, while the deli sells piled-high sandwiches, ice cream, candy and handmade fudge. The Avila Valley Barn is open year-round, with a pumpkin patch and hayrides each fall, Christmas trees and greenery in winter, and pony rides and U-pick berries and peaches in the summer.

Things to do in Avila Beach

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Where to Stay in Avila Beach

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Historic Avila Hot Springs offers today's visitors cabin camping, RV spaces (dry and full hook-ups), dry tent camping and a popular upbeat restaurant named Hoagie's - all just two miles from the beaches and next to the Bob Jones Bike Trail. More Details
Avila La Fonda Hotel in Avila Beach isn't merely a hotel - it is an experience that transports you to a 19th-century Mexican village in California. More Details
Come up for a breath of fresh air and experience the friendly surrounding atmosphere of the Central California Coast! More Details
Located in a lovely scenic area just a touch South of San Luis Obispo, a little North of Pismo and Shell Beach, and a little East of Avila Beach is this lovely vacation destination home. More Details
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Events in Avila Beach

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Apr
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The Point San Luis Light Station, a Central Coast hidden gem, is providing visitors with an exciting opportunity to take a docent-led virtual tour. 
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May
29
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The Avila Beach Golf Resort presents the Annual Avila Beach Tequila Festival, featuring live music by Ozomatli and La Marcha.
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May
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This year continues the tradition of the biggest and longest running blues festival on the Central Coast, with top name entertainment against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. 
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Jul
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The story of Slightly Stoopid, at its core, is one of brotherhood.
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Where to Eat in Avila Beach

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The Gardens of Avila Restaurant at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, voted "most romantic" and a favorite spot for locals as well as travelers, is situated in a beautiful garden setting in the Avila Valley. More Details
While dining at Custom House, you are just steps away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. More Details
Dine on fresh, delicious seafood, grab a drink at the bar and enjoy the awesome views from the Harford Pier in Avila Beach. More Details
Located off San Luis Bay Drive in Avila Beach, Woodstone Marketplace is an eclectic combination of deli, country market, coffee & espresso bar, and wine shop. More Details
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