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
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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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10
Open Studios Art Tour
October 10 to October 18, 2020
San Luis Obispo (County)

ARTS Obispo's Open Studios Art Tour (OSAT) is one of the largest Open Studios in the country, with over 200 artists participating annually by opening their studios for visitors to tour

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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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23
PARDI at the Beach
October 23, 2020
Avila Beach
Pardi dominated the top of the country music charts with consecutive #1 hits including his double platinum selling songs "Dirt On My Boots" and "Head Over Boots" plus platinum-certified "Heartache on the Dance Floor."

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Where to Eat in Avila Beach

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We are a unique coffee boutique. We serve organic coffee, roasted locally by Joebella Coffee Roasters. We have authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice, Smoothies, snacks, drinks and grab-n-go food. More Details
Located on one of the most beautiful settings on the Central Coast, Mulligan's offers casual, comfortable dining along with a full bar. 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
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
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Where to Stay in Avila Beach

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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
High on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, San Luis Bay Inn has one of the most breath taking views on the Central Coast of California.
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These one and two bedroom units are the pefect place to call home during your next coastal vacation. More Details
There is so much to do or not do, depending on your heart's desire. Come stay at this secluded, special place. More Details
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