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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
Come experience Avila Beach like the locals.
where To Stay in Avila Beach
Plan your stay at one of the many hotels or vacation rentals in Avila Beach.
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Sandy’s PlaceSandy’s PlaceAvila Beach
Welcome to Sandy’s Place vacation rental in Avila Beach, California. This beach house near Highway 1 is ideal for a couples retreat.
Beachy Keen CondoBeachy Keen CondoAvila Beach
The Beachy Keen Condo is a premier choice for a beachside destination getaway to Avila Beach, California, located along Highway 1.
Avila Beach JewelAvila Beach JewelAvila Beach
One property in Avila Beach is brave enough to call itself Avila Beach Jewel – this large vacation rental near the Pacific.
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events in Avila Beach
Plan your next roadtrip to Avila Beach around events and happenings.
Sea Otter Awareness WeekSea Otter Awareness WeekSeptember 24 to September 30, 2023
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sea Otter Awareness Week with a series of virtual and educational events.
Through the Eyes of a Monarch Art ShowThrough the Eyes of a Monarch Art ShowSan Luis ObispoSeptember 01 to September 30, 2023
SLO County Arts presents “Through the Eyes of a Monarch” art show this September. The show will be held at The Bunker SLO and is in support of the Central Coast State Parks Association and the Western Monarch Trail. Through the Eyes of a Monarch seeks to highlight not only the beauty of the monarch […]
Catch of the Central CoastCatch of the Central CoastAvila BeachSeptember 30, 2023
We are excited to welcome you back to Catch of the Central Coast, the Central Coast Aquarium’s annual fundraiser. This year we are celebrating the strawberry moon with live music by Bob and Wendy and a strawberry-centric 5-course dinner with wine.
Art in the Park at Dinosaur CavesArt in the Park at Dinosaur CavesPismo BeachAugust 06 to December 03, 2023
Featuring over 50 artisan vendors, food booths, music and amazing views right on the cliffs in Pismo Beach.
travel articles about Avila Beach
Read about why Avila Beach is the perfect California Highway 1 road trip for those seeking a special California beach town experience.
Point San Luis LighthousePoint San Luis LighthouseAvila Beach
Founded in 1890, Point San Luis Lighthouse has saved many lives in its time, and remains a beacon over San Luis Bay. Visit a piece of history on Highway 1.
Avila Valley BarnAvila Valley BarnSan Luis Obispo
When it comes to old-fashioned fun and farm-fresh flavor, the Avila Valley Barn fits the bill. Once a tiny fruit stand, the Avila Barn now offers a petting zoo, hayrides, gift store, sweet shop and bakery.
Biking Avila BeachBiking Avila BeachAvila Beach
For a beginners path, great for kids, try the Bob Jones Trail. Or visit Central Coast Outdoors for more recommendations.
Bird Watching on the Central CoastBird Watching on the Central CoastLos Osos
Ideal climate, terrain, and proximity to the Pacific Flyway makes the SLO CAL stretch of Highway 1 one of the finest birding regions in the world.
where to eat in Avila Beach
Check out all the restaurants and good eats in Avila Beach.
Avila Market: Restaurant & MercantileAvila Market: Restaurant & MercantileAvila Beach
The Avila Market is one of Avila Beaches only fast casual restaurants offering one the most diverse menus on the coast.
Blue Moon Over AvilaBlue Moon Over AvilaAvila Beach
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
Fat Cats CafeFat Cats CafeAvila Beach
Named for a big black and yellow cat who kept the construction crew company more than 25 years ago, Fat Cats is a local Avila Beach favorite.
Custom HouseCustom HouseAvila Beach
While dining at Custom House, you are just steps away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
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