Avila Beach

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Avila Beach is a town in San Luis Obispo County in the Central Coast region of California. Port San Luis is a working fishing port two miles west of downtown Avila Beach.

Get in[edit]

Avila Beach is about ten miles south of San Luis Obispo off Highway 101.

Get around[edit]

A free beach trolley runs between Port San Luis, Avila Beach, Shell Beach and Pismo Beach on Saturdays and Sundays.


  • The beautiful beach


  • Pecho Coast Trail +1 805 541-8735. Saturdays: 9AM. A fairly strenuous 3.5 mile round trip docent-led hike from Port San Luis Harbor to Point San Luis allowing a closeup look and tour of the San Luis Point Lighthouse. Ages 9 and up. Call for reservations. Suggested $3.00 donation for Lighthouse tour.
  • Swimming in the gorgeous but frigid Pacific Ocean and basking in the sun
  • Golf and tennis are readily available at the Inn at Avila Beach.


  • Visit Avila Valley Barn for local produce on your way in.




  • Avila La Fonda Inn101 San Miguel St +1-805-595-1700fax: +1-805-627-1862, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. An upscale inn featuring spa suites, fireplaces in every room, complimentary gift baskets for all guests, and a daily wine reception. The building suffers from its location - there are no ocean views and the rear rooms offer an overlook of a large parking lot - but the staff makes every effort to cater to guests' needs and cover all of the little things that other hotels might miss. $200-$300 per night.

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