Visit Avila Beach

Avila Beach just off Highway 1 on California’s central coast is a road that takes you through a lush oak valley lined with transformative spas featuring natural, mineral hot springs, world-class massage, yoga instruction, and sense therapies.  Visit Avila Beach with its clean white sand beaches, ideal climate and warm ambiance.  This sets this seaside village apart from all others. You’ll find oceanfront resorts and family friendly vacation rentals. You can enjoy several local wine tasting rooms in town and in the Avila Valley, as well as the natural mineral spas which are open all year round. In the Fall, you can tour the apple orchards for the best of the season’s harvest. It’s hard to imagine yourself anywhere else but on the beach in Avila. Experience this hidden paradise on the Central Coast, with one road in and one road out. Avila Beach is a breath of fresh salt air, with amenity-laden hotels, charming oceanfront restaurants, magnificent local wines, and shopping and activities for all to enjoy. Start planning your next vacation, and plan on being enchanted, in unforgettable Avila Beach.  Visit Avila Beach!

Enjoy the wonderful beaches of the coastal town of Avila Beach, and the Central California coast (you’ll find a list here), then come enjoy.  Visit Avila Beach!   Start planning your vacation today, we have all the answers!  Just keep reading ?

Avila Beach Weather (When to Go)

Avila Beach has two distinct seasons; dry summers and cool, foggy, rainy winters. There is very little fluctuation in the overall temperature of the year. If going to the beach is your purpose, then summer is the best time to visit Avila Beach.  Otherwise any time of year is great to visit Avila Beach.  From May – October, the average temperatures range from the 60s to the low 80s. You will not see a lot of rainfall during this time. So, for beach lovers, summer is perfect to lie down on the sand and enjoy the serene view of the sea. Summer is also peak season for Avila Beach, and lots of activities are held on the beach.  Avila Beach is definitely a year-round beach destination.

Best Avila Beach Area Beaches

Avila Beach City Beach, just off Highway 1 on California’s central coast is a road that takes you through a lush oak valley lined with transformative spas featuring natural, mineral hot springs, world-class massage, yoga instruction, and sense therapies. Avila Beach City Beach

Avila Beach City Beach is the large wide sandy beach that takes up the entire waterfront of the town of Avila Beach, CA. The picturesque wooden Avila Pier sticks out over 1600 feet into San Luis Bay from the center of City Beach.

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Fisherman's Beach, just off Highway 1 on California’s central coast is a road that takes you through a lush oak valley lined with transformative spas featuring natural, mineral hot springs, world-class massage, yoga instruction, and sense therapies. Fisherman’s Beach

Fisherman’s Beach is the smallest of beaches in Avila and Port San Luis Harbor and is called “Dog Beach” by the locals. No matter what time of day it is, you will more than likely find dogs running free through the surf. The Port San Luis Harbor District currently allows well behaved dogs to be off the leash anytime on this beach and Olde Port Beach.

Olde Port Beach, just off Highway 1 on California’s central coast is a road that takes you through a lush oak valley lined with transformative spas featuring natural, mineral hot springs, world-class massage, yoga instruction, and sense therapies. Olde Port Beach

Olde Port Beach is a wide sandy cove alongside Avila Beach Drive just west of downtown Avila Beach, CA. This beach is a little calmer than Avila City Beach and less populated, but offers no services and few amenities. A lifeguard and a food truck might be on hand during the summer months. This beach is open to dogs off leash as long as they are under voice control.

Pirates Cove Beach, just off Highway 1 on California’s central coast is a road that takes you through a lush oak valley lined with transformative spas featuring natural, mineral hot springs, world-class massage, yoga instruction, and sense therapies. Pirate’s Cove Beach

Pirate’s Cove is a well-known clothing optional beach between Avila Beach and the Shell Beach area of Pismo Beach, CA. This south-facing cove is somewhat protected from the weather and attracts many locals looking for a comfortable clothingless beach atmosphere. Pirate’s Cave and other sea caves are nearby so the area on the bluff has been named Cave Landing.

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Cave Landing Beach, just off Highway 1 on California’s central coast is a road that takes you through a lush oak valley lined with transformative spas featuring natural, mineral hot springs, world-class massage, yoga instruction, and sense therapies. Cave Landing Beach

Cave Landing Beach is a hidden and hard-to-reach beach below Cave Landing in Avila Beach CA. Most of the visitors to the Cave Landing parking lot will head down the main trail that leads to Pirates Cove Beach and the best-known cave (which is actually a tunnel).

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Avila Beach Tours & Activities

Ultimate Wine Experience in San Luis Obispo from Avila Beach

Shared Group Wine Tours are a tremendous value for the individual, couple or small group looking for an exceptional day in wine country! Breakaway has been delivering Deliciously Fun, Educational Wine Tours, Fresh Daily since 1995! No worries, no wine snobs here only winos wanting to share their passion and dispel the myths and intimidation that can come with wine tasting.  Learn more about the Ultimate Wine Experience.

Ultimate Wine Experience in San Luis Obispo

Savor the burgeoning wine scene around San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles on this tasting tour with half- and full-day options. Spend a few hours exploring a hand-picked selection of wineries in this increasingly-famous wine region, sampling red and white varieties. As you taste, you’ll get an introductory lesson on how to see, swirl, sniff, sip, savor each glass, upping your wine knowledge in the process.  Learn more about the Ultimate Wine Experience in San Luis Obispo.

Surf Lessons

Pismo Beach is a surfing hot spot, with riders coming from all over California to catch a wave here. While you could just watch surfers from the shore, it’s much more fun to experience the thrill for yourself with a surf lesson. Instructors will guide you through the basics and get you out into the water. Plus, there’s no need to rent equipment with a surfboard and wetsuit included.  Learn more about Surf Lessons.

Dune Buggy, UTV or ATV Experience at Pismo Beach

Set out on a spectacular dune buggy adventure on the sands near Pismo Beach, CA, approximately 1.5-hours north of Santa Barbara. For 2-hours you’ll whip across dunes and zoom alongside the coastline past crashing waves in either a single or multi-person 4WD vehicle, enjoying what locals truly consider ‘off-roading.’ This is actually the only public beach in the state where driving is allowed. Learn more about DuneBuggy, UTV or ATV Experience.

Hearst Castle Tour from Pismo Beach

Enjoy the scenic views on this 8-hour, small-group tour to Hearst Castle. Once you arrive at Hearst Castle watch the National Geographic IMAX Movie, Building the Dream, and learn about the construction of the landmark. Then, take a tour of the castle to discover its many rooms and secrets. This tour includes pickup and drop off from Pismo Beach, entrance fees, lunch, and a driver/guide.  Learn more about the Hearst Castle Tour.

Best Avila Beach Restaurants

Custom House  $11 – 30

This Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere. Your dining experience is always their number one priority. The menu has something for everyone… fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads, burgers & sandwiches, nachos, and plenty specialty appetizers. They offer many different items and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have a drink at the cocktail bar, or dine on big outdoor (heated) patio while gazing out across the beautiful San Luis Bay.  Telephone: 805-595-7555  Web:  Custom House.

Gardens of Avila  $11 – 30

Awarded ‘The Most Romantic Restaurant in San Luis Obispo’, The Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort offers an intimate setting with a cozy fireside lounge, elegant dining room, and a century-old stone patio. Executive Chef Robert Trester invites you to entice all of your senses by savoring the flavors of their seasonally fresh menu while enjoying your beautifully prepared meal in the breathtaking garden surrounding. Telephone:   805-595-7365  Web:  Gardens of Avila.

Olde Port Inn  $31 – 60

The Olde Port Inn offers a unique feel that stands out among Pismo Beach Restaurants and other Central Coast Restaurants. Enjoy fine dining over the ocean at the Olde Port Inn on the Port San Luis pier, the best seafood restaurant on the Central Coast of California.  A wonderful ocean setting on the pier makes the Olde Port Inn the place to be for a superlative dining experience on the Central Coast. Telephone:   805-595-2515  Web:   Olde Port Inn.

Ocean Grill  $11 – 30

Ocean Grill features the freshest seafood, local produce, and steaks grilled to perfection by Chef julie Simon from Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles, and Chef Spencer Johnston from Full Of Life Flatbreads in Los Alamos and Granada in SLO.  Ocean Grill offers 180 degree views of the bay, an LED backlit onyx bar top, and 500 bottle wine bottle display! Telephone:   805-595-4050  Web:   Ocean Grill.

Fat Cats Cafe  $11 – 30

Fat Cats Cafe is one of the most charming cafes or restaurants you will ever visit! This rustic diamond has been attracting not only locals but a variety of California visitors and travelers from all over for over a quarter of a century. It has a reputation for its Ocean views and great service are the reasons customers come to Fat Cats but award winning meals are the reason they return. Telephone:   805-595-2204  Web:  Fat Cats Cafe.

Wine Tasting & Bars

2nd Chance Winery

2nd Chance Winery is one of the newest tasting rooms in Avila. It’s located in the new Landing building on the downtown Avila promenade. Their experience from their other winery Cottonwood Canyon in Santa Maria makes this place is a welcomed treat with plenty of great wines for purchase. Telephone:   805-595-9500  Web:   2nd Chance Winery.

PierFront Wine & Brew

PierFront Wine & Brew opened in October 2014 and is located right on the ocean in Avila Beach. Come by and enjoy a glass of their very own PierFront wine, local wines, wines from around the world, and brews. They also offer a variety of delicious appetizers. Telephone:   805-439-3400  Web:   PierFront Wine & Brew.

Morovino Winery

Morovino celebrates the everyday appreciation of fine wines. At Morovino, owners David and Andrea Bradford delight in sharing their knowledge of food, wine and winemaking. They believe that wine should be approachable. Located in Avila Beach, just a block from the ocean, Morovino embraces the Italian winemaking philosophy of: Wine ! Food! Fun! Family! Telephone:   805-627-1443  Web:  Morovino Winery.

Mr. Rick’s

Bikinis, beer and the beach. Sound like paradise?  Well it is, and it’s happening at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach!  Equipped with pool tables, a large beach front patio, and a hot, young energetic staff, Mr. Rick’s caters to anyone looking to have a good time. After a long day on the beach and the sun goes down, put on your dancing shoes and let the best local bands and hottest DJs entertain you all night long. Telephone:   805-595-RICK  Web:   Mr. Rick’s.

Alapay Cellars

Established over a decade ago, Alapay Cellars has an uncompromising philosophy of producing high-quality and hand-crafted French oak barrel aged wines.  Visit the fun, relaxed, and cozy tasting room atmosphere.  They are wine tasting with an attitude! Telephone:   805-595-2632  Web:   Alapay Cellars.

Best Hotels

Avila La Fonda Hotel


When you first enter the beautiful lobby of the Avila La Fonda Hotel, you will experience a sense of Old World Mexican hospitality. From the beautiful solid wood doors that enter onto traditional Saltillo tile, honored by a massive rock fireplace, enriched with warm colors and hand painted artwork, your senses will immediately relax. This intimate boutique hideaway, with all the luxuries of a family home, and staff that treat you like a dear friend, is ready to pamper you while you enjoy waves, wineries, golf, restaurants and the quaint town of Avila Beach.

Avila Village Inn


Avila Village Inn is 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. While staying with them, you’ll enjoy easy access to explore all the beautiful natural surroundings, including the Bob Jones City-to-Sea Trail right next to the hotel. They’ll even provide you with complimentary bikes to ride the trail. The Avila Beach hotel is the perfect destination for romantic weekends, anniversaries, or golf and spa vacations, with charming craftsman-style architecture that provides a serene, relaxing setting for your stay on the Central Coast. The inn features 30 comfortable and spacious rooms, and a wealth of generous amenities like free Wi-Fi, complimentary wine tasting coupons and recreational activities.

Inn at Avila Beach


Located in Avila Beach, 6 miles from Pismo Beach, Inn At Avila Beach features a grill and sun terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Certain units feature a private bathroom with a spa bath, and others have bathrobes and free toiletries. There is free shuttle service at the property. This hotel has water sports facilities and free use of bicycles is available.

Avila Lighthouse Suites


Situated along California’s stunning Central Coast half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Avila Lighthouse Suites is located steps away from the sand and surf of the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Avila Beach. Soak up the laid-back Avila Beach vibe on the sand or in town, where shopping and dining are steps away. Every suite offers a kitchenette, private patio or balcony and deluxe in-room amenities, complimentary daily breakfast & free Wi-Fi, oceanfront heated pool and spa, and a on-site spa offering massages, facials, and body treatments.

San Luis Bay Inn by Wyndham Vacations


This property is a 10-minute walk from the beach. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this Avila Beach hotel features an outdoor pool. The hotel is located across from the beach and the spacious studios provide full kitchen facilities. A private balcony is offered in every studio at San Luis Bay Inn. Decorated in natural colors, the studios offer a spacious dining and living area. Cable TV is included. An outdoor hot tub is available at the hotel.

26 Comments

  1. Sandra

    I have visited Avila Beach several times. I love the sea lions by the pier. I even fed a pelican fish! I have also stayed at the hot springs–the smell of sulphur was a bit strong for my liking. But it’s a great place to visit.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, I have not ventured to feed the pelicans! They just seem like they would snap at the food, similar to my dog LOL. You know, that is a great visit…the sea lions by the pier. I think I will add that as something that should be done while in Avila Beach. Thanks for reading Sandra!

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  2. Shantaye

    Wow! I love that you not only talk about the beach, but about everything else that one could possibly do while taking a trip here. The options are endless! Really liked that you included items that are not beach related so you can wind down or do another activity if you get bored. Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Shantaye, I think that I would get bored just lounging at the beach everyday. Granted there are water sports and beach side games, but I like to explore as well. Glad you enjoyed Avila Beach!

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  3. Goran

    I can find anything here, you are so informative and I will bookmark it in my browser and share it with friends, many of them are complaining including myself how we can’t find good source of informations about various destinations, but luckily I have found and this is it. Keep up the good work 🙂

    Goran

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Goran and I am glad you enjoyed visiting Beach Travel Destinations. I hope you joined my newsletter, as I will be sending out some great deals!

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  4. Donald Chapman

    When my wife and I get started on our RV tour of the US, we will make this a destination. Avila beach is inviting and my wife will love the mineral springs.

    This being just off Highway 1 makes it easy to get to and visit. The inviting beaches will be a must for us as we love the beach.

    This looks to be a more affordable destination in California making it a great place to spend some time.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is an affordable place, and your wife will love the mineral springs. Thanks for reading and glad you have decided to stop and visit Avila Beach!

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  5. Mick Krug

    Leahrae:

    Nice webpage on Avila Beach. The mineral springs are the first places I would visit followed by the aquarium and whale watching. Plenty of things to do which makes Avila Beach a good beach destination. Nice hotels and restaurants too. You have a good video of the beach. Great aerial view.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Mick, and yes it is a great beach destination. Thanks for visiting Avila beach!

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  6. greg

    I’m a So-Cal resident myself and haven’t heard of this spot before. Your page is full of info to not only convince me but help me plan my whole trip. I definitely will journey to this beautiful spot soon!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you are so close Greg! I can’t believe that you have not heard of this great coastal community. Hopefully you can visit Avila Beach soon 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  7. John

    Leahrae,
    A beach that does not get too hot. I like the idea of the electric bike rentals. Have seen several around the area that I live and the people do not have to work so hard to get around.
    I like the idea of the whale watching, hot springs and wine tasting for down time. May spend more time with this than the bike.
    John

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is all good and fun! I have to agree with you, hot springs and wine tasting….nice. Electric bikes are popular here, and I think, man they are not having to do much work. And for a vacation, great! Thanks for visiting Avila Beach.

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  8. Darcy

    This sounds like the ideal place for me! I have always wanted to go to California. My husband and I want to go there for our honeymoon actually… have you vacationed here yourself?

    Great info! Thanks for providing info on when to go too. That is very helpful and the most hardest part of traveling I think.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Darcy I have vacationed here and you cannot go wrong with this whole area. There is so much to do. You can do as little as you want, or stay as busy as you want. Wonderful and beautiful!

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  9. Jayde

    This website it beautiful, I want to go to one of these beach so much now! Thank you for opening my eyes up to this, might be my next holiday 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Jayde and you are most welcome. You can’t go wrong with this whole area. It is all so beautiful with so many things to do and see. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Eric

    Visit Avila beach and make sure to see the sycamore mineral springs. That sounds like the most interesting part of the trip. I wonder if the lighthouse used to have more to it. Seems like it’s a bit inland for a functional one. Maybe just looks smaller in the picture then I am imagining a lighthouse to look like?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No, I think you are right Eric. I am not sure, actually, on the history of the lighthouse. Seems like it is not substantial enough to have been used as a true fully functional lighthouse. I must look this up! And no, it is not any bigger in real life. I agree, the mineral springs would be my first place to visit.

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  11. Christen

    I had honestly never considered checking out beaches in central California, but your post definitely has me intrigued! Thanks for sharing this information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think the beaches here are some of the best in California, hands down. There are quite a few to choose from and the coastal communities are wonderful with so many things to see and do. Thanks for visiting!

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  12. Colleen

    Oh my! You have me sold! I had no idea that there were beaches like this on the Central Coast! The bay is beautiful and calm.
    I would also love to check out the Aquarium and Mineral Springs. One day we will stay at Avilla Village Inn and bike the Bob Jones City-to-Sea Trail to take in the sunset.
    Thank you for all of the fantastic recommendations!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Colleen, and yes the Central California coast has so much to offer. Hopefully you can visit Avila Beach soon 🙂

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  13. Karissa

    This is great! I lived in Southern California forever and would definitely had made the trip up had I known how much there was to do there! Fabulous information and recommendations!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Karissa! Yes, the whole area is wonderful with so many things to see and do. Personally a favorite of mine for sure. You will have to head back and visit Avila Beach!

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