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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Events in Avila Beach

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Sep
19
Coastal Cleanup Day
September 19, 2020
Avila Beach
Walk down any beach and you will find marine debris, defined as "any manufactured or processed solid waste material that enters the marine environment from any source." 
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Sep
22
Open Studios Virtual Art Tour
September 22 to December 31, 2020
San Luis Obispo County
The popular Open Studios Art Tour goes virtual for 2020. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with old favorites and find new ones.
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Sep
23
Virtual Tour of Point San Luis Light Station
September 09 to December 30, 2020
Avila Beach
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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Oct
16
Avila Beach
Delivering four consecutive number one platinum-certified hits, Young was recently named ASCAP's 2018 Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year
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Where to Eat in Avila Beach

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While dining at Custom House, you are just steps away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. More Details
Inspired by European influences, Blue Moon Over Avila is a French Wine Bar & Bistro that offers wines from around the world and expertly prepared dishes 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
Hula Hut features freshly made salads, sandwiches, wraps and smoothies. More Details
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Where to Stay in Avila Beach

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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort is consistently voted one of the Top 10 Mineral Springs Resorts and Spas by Spa Magazine and Spa Finder Magazine.

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Welcome to Avila Village Inn, an upscale boutique hotel nestled in the charming Avila Valley just off Highway 101, and only minutes from beautiful beaches, incredible golf, fine dining establishments, and more. More Details
AVILA BEACH ESCAPE is a spacious two bedroom condo just 4 minutes from the beach, promenade shopping and dining.  More Details
There are three large Bedrooms each with a private bath. There is also a secret Hidden attic, very large , completely finished and carpeted which young adults or children love as their get away space. These stairs are narrow and winding and are unsuitable for very young children. There is no bathroom in the secret […] More Details
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