Avila Beach City Guide

What used to be “locals only” has become slightly more recognized by visitors to the Central Coast and locals alike. The banana-belt of our local beach communities, Avila boasts less marine layer and more sun – making it the perfect escape when Pismo Beach is socked in with fog. More difficult to find, visitors follow a windy canyon road past our two mineral springs (Avila means Spa), Avila Hot Springs perfect for family swimming with an enormous hot tub and Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Also at the entrance to Avila stands the expansive Sycamore Mineral Springs – a resort with luxurious rooms boasting private mineral spring-fed hot tubs, retreat-style cabins, an award-winning restaurant and private hot tub rentals among the oak trees. And if that isn’t enough they offer a full compliment of spa services including a yoga retreat center. It’s a favorite of Dr. Andrew Weil.

The little town of Avila itself unfolds when the Canyon meets the Pacific. Hemmed in by the Port San Luis Lighthouse on one end along with the Old Port Pier, and a curved outcropping of rocky coastline to the South separating it from Pismo Beach this stretch of sandy coastline has gentle waves for boogie and skim boarding. Perfect entry for Stand-up Paddling from the beach or the platform at Old Port as well.

Golf at the Avila Beach Golf Resort which has amazing Canyon and Pacific views or take in a festival or concert on their concert stage facing the ocean. Or heck, plan your wedding there!

During the Spring and Summer months enjoy the well-known Fish and Farmer’s Market where live music sets the tone and local farmers and seafood purveyors provide the sustenance. Pick up fruits and veggies, honey and fresh flowers and much more – then have dinner and soak up the sounds.

Enjoy wonderful dining options that range from the casual – Merseas and Fat Cat’s out on the Pier or Olde Port Inn and Ocean’s Grill for more of a fine-dining experience. Stay awhile for some live music at the watering hole Mr. Rick’s or enjoy a world-famous bloody Mary and an omelet on a Sunday morning at the Custom House.

Avila Beach has quaint boutique lodging and large-scale hotels with pools. It is easily the Central Coast’s best kept secret getaway just for the day, or for a vacation. Stop in for a stroll along the boardwalk, wine-tasting at Sinor La Valle or Avila Wine and Roasting Company or relax the hiking muscles at the hot springs. Yoga, cycling, surfing, dog beaches, dining and sipping in the sunshine. Resort living at its finest.