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


Outdoor activities include 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

Go next[edit]

  • San Luis Obispo - Ten miles north of Avila Beach and almost exactly half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this small college town and its neighboring communities boast extraordinary resources for hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, swimming and surfing, outstanding natural beauty, a carefully preserved and thriving 19th-century downtown centered around a meticulously restored 18th century mission, a small but thriving art gallery scene, and a large and growing collection of top-quality wineries.
  • Pismo Beach - Avila Beach's neighbor to the southeast is a tourism-focused coastal town that has more than 65 restaurants and 30 lodging options, and draws visitors with its beautiful coastline, annual clam festival, and the thousands of monarch butterflies that gather to spend the winter in a grove at the edge of town.
  • Morro Bay
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