Travel towards the southern part of San Luis Obispo County on Highway 101 to Avila Beach -- where beach lovers proclaim perpetual sun and the warmest beach in the county, sheltered from the prevailing northwesterly breeze by the hills behind Montana de Oro State Park to the north. It's the perfect spot for your favorite California beach vacation. Discover the reborn, rebuilt and newly designed community that is popular for sightseeing, pier strolling, deep-sea fishing and sun-worshiping. Unlike some Southern California beaches that are just one long stretch of sand and water, Avila Beach is a cozy treat shaped by the curve of San Luis Bay and the magnificent hills that surround it.
For an old town, there is a lot that is new in Avila Beach, California. The rebuilt beach area and playgrounds create a family-friendly place for picnics, surfing, fishing and the all-around California beach vacation. The pier is human scale, and is easy to use for hanging a line in the water or just strolling out to enjoy the sea breeze.
Something you won't want to miss is California whale watching during your visit to Avila Beach. At nearby Port San Luis, a number of boat operators provide two-hour whale-watching tours between October and March. And don't forget to soak in the natural mineral springs baths in redwood tubs which dot the tree-covered hillside.
For the golfer in the family, plan on spending the day playing while the soft breeze and the smell of the Pacific Ocean linger near.
Small, warm, connected to the county but feeling secluded, Avila Beach will reward visitors seeking relaxation and easy-going outdoor activity. In Avila, you will find outstanding lodging, golf, pampering spas, and great restaurants-it's the complete California beach vacation package.
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- Free Guided Hikes to Port San Luis Lighthouse - Year Round
- Avila Fish & Farmers Market (with live music) - Every Friday afternoon, April - September
- Tequila Festival - Memorial Day Weekend
- Blues Festival - Memorial Day weekend
- Pops by the Sea, SLO Symphony Summer Concert - Labor Day Weekend (Sunday)
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