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Kid kayaking with sealifeWhether you are a SLO County local or visiting California’s beautiful Central Coast for vacation, Avila Beach Paddlesports is your home for kayaking and stand up paddling (SUP) adventures! Explore the pristine waters, sea caves, and secret beaches of Avila Beach, the hidden gem of San Luis Obispo County, with Avila Beach Paddlesports.

Avila Beach Paddlesports offers year-round kayak and SUP rentals, lessons, eco-friendly Adventure Tours, and the best customer service around! From the calm waters of the scenic Port San Luis Harbor Adventure Tour to the excitement of the sea caves at Fossil Point and Shell Beach, they have tours for all ages and ability levels. Avila Beach Paddlesports is also the only outfitter on the Central Coast that has exclusive access to the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse for private tours!

Kid having fun on a rental kayakAvila Beach Paddlesports has the local knowledge and expertise to create the best experience for you and your family! They also have an excellent selection of kayaks, SUPs and other paddling gear for sale. Their staff and professional guides have decades of local water knowledge and the skills to teach you how to explore, be safe, become a better paddler, and have fun!


Visit Avila’s only kayak and SUP company at one of their three locations and prepare to have the time of your life!


Main Rental Office in Port San Luis Harbor
3915 Avila Beach Drive

Kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals are available year round at Avila Beach Paddlesport’s main office, located right on the water in beautiful Port San Luis Harbor. Their office is located at the very end of Avila Beach Drive, right past the RV camping area and Fisherman’s Beach. Launching kayaks and SUPs is a breeze from the protected dock.

The Port San Luis Harbor area of Avila Beach is typically sheltered from strong winds and swells, so it is perfect for beginners and families with children (ages 7+). This area is rich with wildlife, including sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, dolphin, and many species of seabirds. Whales are also commonly seen during their annual migration. From the dock, you can discover the kelp beds, paddle to secluded Coast Guard beach (accessible only by boat), explore amazing tidepools, and walk up the public access staircase to the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse. Beginners are welcome and all rentals include PFDs, paddles, and free instruction.


Main Beach in Avila (April-October)
Downtown Avila Beach

Kayak rentals on the downtown Avila beach

From April to October, you can rent kayaks and SUPs right on the main beach in Avila. Follow Avila’s boardwalk down toward the playground and look for the rental tent right on the sand.

The main beach is a family favorite with something for everyone! Families with children especially enjoy the still waters of the lagoon and San Luis Creek. San Luis Creek snakes along the Avila Beach Golf Course and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The creek flows year-round, and you can paddle over a mile inland! You can also take kayaks and SUPs into ocean, and if conditions are good, pack a lunch and head to Pirate’s Cove!

Not sure where to go? Simply ask Avila Beach Paddlesports’ knowledgeable staff, and they will help you plan anything from a fun, hour-long excursion to a full-day adventure. They are local experts and expert paddlers, so they can help you plan the right trip for your group.


Shop & Adventure Tour Headquarters in Downtown Avila Beach
80 San Francisco St. (Corner of 1st. and San Francisco)

If you would like to learn more about Avila Beach Paddlesports, book an Adventure Tour in person, or if you are interested in purchasing your own kayak or SUP gear, stop by their brand new shop in the heart of downtown Avila Beach! It is the bright green building on First St., directly across from the large public parking lot. Stop by on your way to the beach and don’t forget to ask about rental and Adventure Tour deals!

Avila Beach Paddlesports has stocked their new shop with a full line of recreational sit-on-top kayaks by Perception, top of the line fishing kayaks, stand up paddleboards, Werner paddles, and all the other gear you need for your next paddling adventure.
Kayaking Rates
Single Kayaks (includes PFD and paddle)
Double Kayaks (includes PFD and paddle)
Wetsuits/Paddle Jackets
$17/hour (ask about discounts)
$23/hour (ask about discounts)
$5/extra                          




Group enjoying kayak rentals

Avila Beach Paddlesports offers the best kayak rental experience in SLO County. Conditions are usually excellent and one typically does not have to paddle against strong currents, winds, or swiftly moving tides. Their fleet is stocked with single and double Perception Tribe sit-on-top kayaks. They have plenty of boats, so big groups are welcome!

New to the area? New to paddling? Let their knowledgeable staff and expert guides help you design the perfect excursion for your group. Beginners and families are welcome and encouraged! All rentals come with a free paddling and safety tutorial, so you can maximize your fun and see the best of what Avila Beach and Port San Luis Harbor have to offer. Private kayak instruction and professionally guided Adventure Tours are available by reservation.

  • Helmets are available for free by request

  • Half Day and Full Day rentals available

  • All rentals are weather permitting

  • All guests are required to sign a waiver and must be able to swim

  • Ages 7+with adult and depending on weather conditions

  • Reservations are not required, but large groups are encouraged to call prior to arrival

  • Gift certificates available

  • Coin-operated, hot showers are available. Towels are not provided

Avila Beach is home to a growing kayak and SUP community. Be sure to check out Avila Beach Paddlesports’ Facebook page for local events and opportunities to meet fellow paddlers!

Call 805-704-6902 or go to their Facebook page to check on availability, weather conditions, and specials.
SUP Rates
Stand Up Paddleboards (includes PFD and paddle)
$17/hour (ask about discounts)


Kids on SUP Rentals

Most people think that Stand Up Paddling is difficult to learn, but the main reason it has become so popular is that it is incredibly easy! Avila Beach is the perfect place to SUP in SLO County, and Avila Beach Paddlesports is the place to go for your next SUP adventure. All SUP board rentals come with a free safety and paddling tutorial! Just a few minutes of instruction is all that most people need to SUP. It's so easy that you might ask yourself why you didn't try it sooner!

With a SUP rental from Avila Beach Paddlesports, you can enjoy an easy flatwater paddle in Port San Luis Harbor, San Luis Creek, or Avila Beach. Conditions are usually excellent and one typically does not have to paddle against strong currents, winds, or swiftly moving tides. Stand up paddling is also a great gateway to surfing. SUP surfing at the main beach in Avila is a breeze! The waves are typically much smaller than anywhere else on the Central Coast, so it is a perfect place to learn how to SUP surf!

Avila Beach Paddlesports’ SUP rental fleet is stocked with a variety of SUPs that are perfect for different paddling needs. Their SUPs are durable, lightweight, and very easy to use for flatwater paddling or SUP surfing. Their friendly staff will help you get fitted with the right SUP for your goals, whether it be fitness, cruising, or SUP surfing. They have tons of boards, so large groups are welcome! Private SUP lessons and professionally guided SUP Adventure Tours are available by reservation.

  • Helmets are available for free by request

  • Half Day and Full Day rentals available

  • All rentals are weather permitting

  • All guests are required to sign a waiver and must be able to swim

  • Ages 12+ with adult and depending on weather conditions

  • Reservations are not required, but large groups are encouraged to call prior to arrival

  • Coin-operated, hot showers are available. Towels are not provided
  • One person per SUP

  • Gift certificates available

Avila Beach is home to a growing kayak and SUP community. Be sure to check out Avila Beach Paddlesports’ Facebook page for local events and opportunities to meet fellow paddlers!

Call 805-704-6902 or go to their Facebook page to check on availability, weather conditions, and specials.
Port San Luis Harbor Adventure Tour (Kayak and SUP)

Port San Luis Harbor Kayaking TourThe Port San Luis Harbor Adventure Tour offers the perfect introduction to ocean kayaking and stand up paddling (SUP) on the Central Coast. This tour is a favorite for beginning paddlers, families with children, and wildlife lovers! Learn the basics of paddling in the ocean while exploring the calm, sheltered waters of beautiful Port San Luis Harbor. This tour is not physically demanding, but the beautiful scenery and abundance of wildlife make it a true Adventure! Become a better paddler, learn more about the cultural and natural history of Avila Beach, and spend some time with Avila’s resident sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins, and seabirds. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a whale! The Port San Luis Harbor Adventure Tour includes a break at a private beach, where you will be provided with a snack, water, and enough time to explore tide pools or take an easy stroll to the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse.

The Port San Luis Harbor Adventure Tour typically last 3-4 hours and include all necessary kayak equipment, wetsuit combo (if needed), water, snack, and photo CD of your Adventure. Ages 7 and up, and all guests must be able to swim. Reservations required.

Fossil Point Adventure Tour

Fossil Point Kayaking TourHeading south from Avila Beach, the coastline becomes rugged and mysterious. This magical area is known as Fossil Point, and it is one of the Central Coast’s best-kept secrets. Few people have had the opportunity to explore the hidden coves and secret caves of Fossil Point, but now you can with an expert guide from Avila Beach Paddlesports. The Fossil Point Adventure Tour is perfect for people that are ready for some excitement! Learn how to safely kayak in the surf zone as you navigate slots, caves, rapids, and overpours. This area boasts some of the most impressive kelp forests on the Central Coast, and you will likely see otters, seals, sea lions, and dolphins. Lichen, algae, sea stars, limpets, and anemones form a colorful living rainbow on the rocks, making this one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in all of SLO County. This is an athletic tour, but previous kayaking experience is not required. There is a chance you might get wet, but remember, it’s not just a tour. It’s an Adventure!

The Fossil Point Adventure Tour typically last 3-4 hours and include all necessary kayak equipment, wetsuit combo (if needed), water, snack, and photo CD of your Adventure. Ages 12 and up, and all guests must be able to swim. Reservations required.

Shell Beach Adventure Tour

Shell Beach Kayaking TourExplore the world famous Dinosaur Caves on the Shell Beach Adventure Tour. This popular stretch of coastline is a favorite among SLO County locals and visitors to the Central Coast. Shell Beach offers the adventurer a rugged coastline with amazing caves and sea arches. Surging waves pulse through this area creating a dramatic backdrop for your journey. Shell Beach is also home to sea otters, harbor seals, dolphins, and sometimes whales. There is no shortage of excitement and beauty on this athletic tour, but previous kayaking experience is not required. There is a chance you might get wet, but remember, it’s not just a tour. It’s an Adventure! Choose the Shell Beach Adventure Tour and you will see why this is one of the most popular attractions on the Central Coast.

The Shell Beach Adventure Tour typically last 3-4 hours and include all necessary kayak equipment, wetsuit combo (if needed), water, snack, and photo CD of your Adventure. Ages 12 and up, and all guests must be able to swim. Reservations required.

Point San Luis Lighthouse Adventure Tour

The Point San Luis Lighthouse was built in 1890 and was recently restored to its former glory. The lighthouse sits proudly on a bluff high above the Pacific Ocean and offers one of the most amazing views in all of SLO County. Avila Beach Paddlesports has gained exclusive access for private tours of the lighthouse, but they can only get you there by kayak! The Point San Luis Lighthouse Kayak Adventure is a unique tour that is perfect for Central Coast history buffs and nature lovers. On this tour, you will explore the calm waters of Port San Luis Harbor, where you will likely see harbor seals, sea otters, sea lions, dolphins and an amazing variety of birds. You will learn about Avila’s famous landmarks, such as Whaler’s Island, Smith Island, and Harford Pier. Upon arriving at Lighthouse Beach, you will take a leisurely hike to the lighthouse, where you will be given a private tour lead by your professional guide, who is also a trained historical docent. This tour is only available on Fridays and Sundays and reservations are required.

The Lighthouse Adventure Tour typically last 3-4 hours and include all necessary kayak equipment, wetsuit combo (if needed), water, snack, and photo CD of your Adventure. Ages 7 and up, and all guests must be able to swim. Reservations required. The Lighthouse Adventure Tour is only available on Fridays and Sundays.
This section shows the official social media feeds for the Avila Beach Paddlesports. We encourage you to connect with them. It’s not only a great way to keep up on what’s going on, but it’s a great way to connect and share any experiences you have had with them.


www.AvilaBeachPaddlesports.com

805.704.6902 | 80 San Francisco St or 3915 Avila Beach Dr


Please use our website as a guide only. Dates, times, prices, and other info can be changed by the businesses at anytime and we might not be notified. Make sure to check with the business on any details listed here before making any permanent plans. Please feel free to email us with any questions. Thank you!
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