Experience Avila Beach
Nestled in San Luis Bay is Avila Beach, a unique and largely undeveloped little beach town just a few miles off the beaten path on California’s Central Coast. Along Front Street, visitors to Avila Beach can enjoy fine and casual dining, quaint shops and, on weekends, live music. The Avila Beach Farmers Market takes place along the beachfront every Friday afternoon spring through fall. Visitors can stroll or enjoy recreational fishing on the Avila Beach Pier. Commercial fishing trips are available out of Port San Luis. The Avila Beach Golf Resort boasts a par 71, 6500-yard championship golf course with an ocean view. Resort spas take advantage of the area’s natural, mineral hot springs. Opportunities for hiking, surfing and kayaking abound. Kids will enjoy Pirate Park, which features creative play structures, including a pirate ship. Just across the park is the Central Coast Aquarium’s Sea Life Center, where children can get up close and personal with tide pool animals and learn about other sea life.
Avila Beach is sheltered from prevailing northwesterly winds by the 600-foot elevation of the Point San Luis breaks, making it the warmest beach on California’s Central Coast. The town enjoys a Mediterranean climate year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in winter months and from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit spring through fall.
Avila Beach was settled in the late 1800s and once served as the main shipping port for San Luis Obispo. The beautiful scenery soon made it the perfect honeymoon spot for newlyweds, who traveled from San Francisco and Los Angeles by steamboat. Today, there is still a working commercial fishing pier at Port San Luis. Avila Beach is also home to extensive apple orchards throughout See Canyon, as well as a half dozen wineries. The Port San Luis lighthouse, completed in 1890 after a shipping disaster, is the last surviving Prairie Victorian model lighthouse on the west coast. Visitors can travel to the lighthouse by trolley for a docent-led tour.