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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

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Where to Stay in Avila Beach

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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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Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort is consistently voted one of the Top 10 Mineral Springs Resorts and Spas by Spa Magazine and Spa Finder Magazine. More Details
A favorite among guests, this Courtyard at Avila condo is located in the heart of Avila Beach and steps to warm, white sands. More Details
Come enjoy this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath condo located only a half block from the beach. More Details
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Events in Avila Beach

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Pops by the Sea
September 03, 2022
Avila Beach
For 30 years, the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s family-friendly Pops-by-the-Sea concerts have entertained thousands of music lovers on the Central Coast.
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10
Butterfly Ball Gala
September 10, 2022
San Luis Obispo
Funds from this event will support the preservation of the Western Monarch butterfly, an iconic and beloved species on the brink of extinction that overwinters in our local State Parks.
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22
Scary Poppins at the Great American Melodrama
September 22 to November 12, 2022
Oceano
This Melodrama smash hit is our most requested show ever and is back for a record fourth time!
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8
Open Studios Art Tour
October 08 to October 16, 2022
San Luis Obispo County
Free to the public, fine artists and crafters open their studios to showcase their art and share their process.
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Where to Eat in Avila Beach

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Enjoy craft coffee and tasty treats while lounging beachfront in beautiful 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
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
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
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