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Activties in Avila Beach
Avila Beach has activities just like a normal beach town plus some ones that are extra special. If you are looking for hours, days, even weeks of fun, Avila Beach should be one of your top destinations on the Central Coast of California. This quaint little beach town comes alive in the summer. Its home to many big concerts, fish & farmers market, hiking, biking, nightlife, fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, wine tours, and so much more! Many people and families has shared some of their best memories with us. We invite you to be next!

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We have plenty of normal beach activities you would expect to find in a California beach town and some that will take your breath away. Below you will find a guide to all Avila Beach activities that may require you to get wet. Some involve swimming and some maybe just a little splashing. Either way, grab your suit & towel and jump right in!

Downtown beach on July 4th weekendAvila Beach (Main Beach)
Located in downtown Avila Beach, CA

Activities: Swimming, body boarding, catching some sun, surfing (rare), picnic, BBQs and so much more!

About: In the heart of downtown Avila you will find a half mile of beach split down the middle by the Avila Beach Pier. This is a family beach and is enjoyed by thousands of people and groups every year. <Learn More>


Kayak and SUP RentalsAvila Beach Paddlesports
3915 Avila Beach Dr - Port San Luis Harbor
80 San Francisco St - Downtown Avila Beach

Phone: (805) 704-6902
Activities: Year-Round Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rentals, Lessons, Adventure Tours, Kayak & SUP Sales

About: Avila Beach Paddlesports is your home for kayak and SUP Adventures on the beautiful Central Coast! Serving Avila Beach, Port San Luis Harbor, and Shell Beach. Offering year-round kayak and SUP rentals. Professionally guided tours of sea caves, wildlife, harbor, and historic lighthouse. Retail Kayak and SUP sales. Family friendly, beginners welcome. Local expertise and the best customer service on the Central Coast! <Learn More>


Hot springs pool & waterslidesAvila Hot Springs
250 Avila Beach Dr - Avila Valley

Phone: (805) 595-2359
Activities: Heated pool, hot mineral pools, water slides, swim classes, arcade, movie nights, private parties, and more!

About: Provides RV, tent camping and RV cabins throughout the year with a great location surrounded by oak-covered foothills. With a year-round heated pool, thermal mineral pool, and a water slide, Avila Hot Springs gives each family member an activity to enjoy. <Learn More>


Rental chairs sitting on the beach Beach Butlerz
Front St and San Juan St (Summer Only)

Phone: (805) 878-4283
Info: Resort Quality Beach Furniture Rental and Setup, Food Delivery to the Beach, Beach Parties, Beach Weddings, Beach Clean Up, Beach Bonfires and more!

About: Beach Butlerz is a business that rents high quality resort beach furniture, and offers food delivery to the beach enthusiast while spending a day out at the beach. The type of beach furniture offered includes loungers, chairs, umbrellas, and canopies. <Learn More>


Kid body boardingBodyboard Rentals
Summer - Under the Avila Pier
Other Months - The Sea Barn


Phone: (805) 595-2142
Activities: Rent body boards, wetsuits, chairs, and umbrellas.

About: During the summer months you can find the rental stand under the Avila Pier. We rent Boogie Boards, surf boards, wetsuits, chairs, and umbrellas. If you still want to rent in the winter or you don’t see us at our usual spot just come on over to The Sea Barn and we will get you all set up! The Sea Barn is located on the Promenade across from the pier. <Learn More>


Little girl watching fishCentral Coast Aquarium
3915 Avila Beach Dr - Downtown Avila Beach

Phone: (805) 595-7280
Activities: Exhibits, floating adventures, discovery lab, summer camp, and more!

About: Come learn about everything sea life from the experts at the Sea Life Center. They have touch pools and other exhibits; or become a Marine Biologist for a day on their floating lab, or take one of the many classes (squid dissection, water chemistry, knot tying, and more), and even a summer camp! <Learn More>


Sailing adventures in Avila BeachCentral Coast Charters
Off the Harford Pier - Port San Luis Harbor

Phone: (805) 540-4667
Activities: SeaLife Sails, Afternoon Sails, Sunset Sails, Custom Charters, and more

About: Central Coast Charters is now operating sailing excursions at Avila Beach, California. Come out and enjoy life on one of our spectacular Sunset Sails, afternoon excursions or our educational kid friendly Sea Life Sails. If you are here for a vacation or a local looking for something new to do that the whole family can enjoy, what could better than sailing together on a beautiful yacht. <Learn More>


Downtown beach on July 4th weekendFisherman's Beach
Located in Port San Luis Harbor, CA

Activities: Swimming, body boarding, catching some sun, picnic, dog park, so much more!

About: Fisherman’s Beach is the smallest of the beaches in Avila & Port San Luis Harbor and its 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. <Learn More>


Bonfire pits on Olde Port BeachOlde Port Beach
Located in Port San Luis Harbor, CA

Activities: Swimming, bonfire pits, body boarding, catching some sun, picnic, and so much more!

About: Olde Port Beach is the bigger of the two beaches in Port San Luis Harbor and is famous for having bonfire pits during the summer months. It also has a ramp down to the beach for unloading your small boat. <Learn More>


Boat taking a tour outSeaweed Express
Off the Harford Pier - Port San Luis Harbor

Phone: (805) 703-0397
Activities: 1 hour boat tours, private charters, and sunset cruises.

About: Small group boat tours along the beautiful coastline of Avila Beach, CA
Come see the rugged coastline filled with caves and wildlife. Speed along the water to visit seals, otters, dolphins and even whales. Check out the golden beaches of Avila and the old port history of Pirates Cove. <Learn More>



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Avila Beach is lucky enough to have a beautiful 18-hole golf course. We also have two volleyball courts on the beach and an amazing seaside basketball court. Also check our hiking and biking tab.

Golf course on the beachAvila Beach Golf Resort
6464 Ana Bay Dr, Avila Beach, CA

Phone: (805) 595-4000 x1
About: The perfect atmosphere for a day on the course. The Pacific Ocean is close enough to smell and the holes are challenging enough for a good day on the green. Nestled in the surrounding hills and on the bay, the resort includes a par 71, 6500-yard championship course. The front nine is situated within oak-lined valleys. The back nine transverses a tidal estuary. <Learn More>


Guys playing basketball on the beachBasketball on the Beach
Located on the west side of Avila Beach
Right next to Pirate Park and the BBQ pits

About: Grab a ball and a few friends and play basketball on a unique court with an awesome view and lots of fresh beach air. <Learn More>






Volleyball court on the beachVolleyball on the Beach
Located on the west side of Avila Beach
Right next to Pirate Park and the BBQ pits

About: All you need to bring is your friends and a ball and you are all ready to play.


<Learn More>




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With the famous Bob Jones Trail leading into Avila Beach it’s the perfect setting to take a relaxing stroll or really get your blood pumping. Below you will find a guide to all Avila Beach hiking, biking, and bike rentals.

biking down the promnadeBike Rentals
- Avila Hot Springs (Year Round)
- Wally's Bike Rental (66 landing passage)

About: Cruise around Avila on a comfortable beach cruiser bicycle from either Wally's in the Landing Building or the Avila Hot Springs, or if you have a big group rent them all and power down the Bob Jones trail.




Bob Jones Bike TrailBob Jones Bike Trail
Start: Parking lot on Ontario Rd
End: Right in Avila Beach

About: Enjoy this  (2.5 mile) City to the Sea bike trail that follows the Pacific Coast Railroad right-of-way along the Sal Luis Obispo Creek to Avila Beach.

<Learn More>



Hike to the Point San Luis LighthouseLighthouse Hike
Point San Luis - Port San Luis Harbor

Phone: (805) 540-5771
Open to about 20 hikers on Wednesday and 40 on Sataurdays. 3.5 miles round trip. They also offer Trolley rides.

About: The Point San Luis Lighthouse Park enjoys dramatic vistas stretching from Avila to Vandenberg. Whales, Sea Lions and Otters are frequently seen leaping or cavorting on the surface. Experience a rich history on the grounds, in the Lighthouse, the Hornhouse, and other structures. <Learn More>



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Here you will find some pretty amazing spa retreats and services. You can find spas right on the beach or among the lush hillsides of the Avila Valley. You can start with a massage or body wrap or maybe just get a full makeover!

Spa RetreatAvila Beach Spa Retreat
360 Front Street - Downtown Avila Beach

Phone: (805) 704-1779
Services: Massage, facials, hairstyling, professional makeup, waxings, etc.

About: Avila Beach Spa Retreat is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet and exceed your expectations. They are located just above Beach ComberBills in downtown Avila. <Learn More>


Hair SalonSalon Om
56 Landing Passage - Downtown Avila Beach

Phone: (805) 627-1550
Services: Haircuts and Styling, Color, Highlights, Hair and Scalp Treatment, Bridal Services, Makeup, Waxing, etc.

About: Maggie Woodward opened its doors in August of 2010 and has been styling a diverse and discerning clientele since. With 13 years of experience, Maggie engenders a heightened standard of excellence and the Aveda philosophy of Beauty Is as Beauty Does. Simply put, the goal of Salon Om’s talented team of stylists is to pamper each visitor, making them feel beautiful… inside and out. <Learn More>


group hot tub at Sycamore SpringsSycamore Spa
1215 Avila Beach Dr - Avila Valley

Phone: (805) 595-7302 ext 375
Services: Private spas for rent by the hour, massages, skin care treatments, relaxation classes.

About: Relax in the natural hot spring tubs on the hillside of Avila Valley or enjoy your private cottage. Sycamore Mineral Springs offers tubing, massages, a restaurant, and lodging all open to the public. <Learn More>


The Beach-Hair StudioThe Beach-Hair Studio
491 Front Street - Downtown Avila Beach

Phone: (805) 627-1930
Services: Coming Soon.

About: Nestled in the heart of Avila Beach, one of Coastal California's most sought after spots, The Beach Hair Studio and spa promises a break from life's relentless pace; a sanctuary. From a cut to a color, a facial to makeup, The Beach Hair Studio and spa services will bring you waves of beauty and joy! <Learn More>


The Spa Central CoastThe Spa Central Coast
550 Front St - Avila Lighthouse Suites

Phone: (805) 540-5061
Services: Massages, facials, packages, hand & foot treatments, body wraps, waxing, styling and makeup.

About: During your Avila Beach stay, come and treat yourself to the ultimate in spa relaxation compliments of The Spa Central Coast at Avila Lighthouse Suites. Let the stresses of your day-to-day life melt away with a soothing spa therapy from one of our relaxation experts. <Learn More>



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Avila Beach is tucked into the Port San Luis Harbor. The Port has a long history of fishing and if you take a walk down the Harford pier you will see that it’s still true today. You can bring your own gear or buy or rent some from the fishing shops on either of the public piers.

Fishing on the Patriot Patriot Sportfishing
Harford Pier - Port San Luis Harbor

Phone: (805) 595-7200
Activities: Sport Fishing, Private Charters, Whale Watching, Firework shows, and more!

About: Planning a fishing trip? Interested in Whale Watching? Patriot Sports Fishing has everything you need to plan your ocean adventure from renting equipment, to buying a license, to traveling the open water, to helping you reel in the perfect catch. Catch a good time at Patriot Sportfishing. <Learn More>


Fish cleaning station on the Harford Pier Pier & Surf Fishing
Two piers - Avila Pier & Harford Pier
Avila Beach, Port San Luis, CA

Activities: Fishing, Crabing

About: Bring your ice chest and enjoy a beautiful day of free fishing. Both piers have all the services you will need nearby.

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Our Events Calendar
Check out our events calendar for ALL local events or
scroll down to see the annually or major reoccurring events


Farmers Market Farmers Market
On the Promenade in downtown Avila Beach

Dates: Every Friday (April - September)
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Admission: FREE

About: Fresh Fish, Fresh Local Produce, Great Food from Local Restaurants, Contests and Prizes, Free Parking, Live Entertainment and Fun for Everyone! <Learn More>


Concerts at the Cove and Beach Bowl Concerts at the Cove
Avila Beach Golf Resort

Dates: Many different dates
Time: Many different times
Admission: Varies

About: The Avila Beach Golf Resort has been a destination for mainstream entertainment for over 20 years. The Resort will host a yearly concert series from May-October with a variety of entertainment to fit a wide age demographic. Our Concerts at the Cove provides the audience quality entertainment with views over looking beautiful Avila Beach; the most scenic view to watch a concert on the Central Coast! <Learn More>


Art on the Beach Art on the Beach
On the Promenade in downtown Avila Beach

Dates: Saturdays (June - Oct)
Time: 10am - 5pm
Admission: FREE

About: Saturdays from June through Oct on the Promenade. So many great works of art for local artists. Come spend a relaxing time in Avila Beach and enjoy some hometown culture. <Learn More>


Tequila Festival Tequila Festival
Avila Beach Golf Resort

Dates:Sat on Memorial Day Weekend

About: The Tequila Festival will be taking the place of the beer fest this year at the Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove. This is going to be a great way to kick off the summer! Ozomatli will be playing and there will be plenty of tequila, tequila cocktails and Mexican beer. Shot glass and party shades will be provided! <Learn More>


Blues Fest Blues Festival
Avila Beach Golf Resort

Dates:Sun on Memorial Day Weekend


About: The 19th annual Avila Beach Blues Festival take place on May 27th, 2012 and features Doobie Brothers, Tower of Power and Taj Mahal and is sure to be another amazing show! The show starts at 2pm and the gates open at noon. <Learn More>


Pops by the Sea Pops by the Sea
Avila Beach Golf Resort

Dates: Every Labor Day Weekend

About: Enjoy great music outdoors by the ocean in beautiful Avila Beach. Bring your gourmet snacks and enjoy the great wines available to purchase. Come early to get a great spot and enjoy the ambiance. <Learn More>


Catch of the Central Coast Catch of the Central Coast
Avila Beach Golf Resort

Dates:Sat, Sept 14th, 2013
Time: 6pm Cocktails - 7pm Dinner


About: A Central Coast exclusive! Guests will dine on a multi coursed gourmet seafood dinner with artisan accompaniments complete with wine pairings and finishes. Silent and live auction, live entertainment and light show. <Learn More>



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Avila Valley Barn Candy Avila Valley Barn
560 Avila Beach Drive - Avila Valley

Phone: (805) 595-2810
Info: Homemade ice cream, pies, cakes, candy, fudge, bakery treats, fresh produce, and gifts. They also have various activties depending on what the next big holiday is.

About: Purchase the freshest fruit and vegetables by picking your own. Avila Valley barn provides a pet farm, homemade ice cream, bakery treats, hay-rides, and fresh produce. <Learn More>


Trolley tour of the lighthouse Lighthouse Tours
Point San Luis - Port San Luis Harbor

Phone: (805) 540-5771
Activities: Take the trolley to the Point San Luis Lighthouse every Saturday. Tours leave at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Reservation required.

About: The Point San Luis Lighthouse Park enjoys dramatic vistas stretching from Avila to Vandenberg. Whales, Sea Lions and Otters are frequently seen leaping or cavorting on the surface. Experience a rich history on the grounds, in the Lighthouse, the Hornhouse, and other structures. <Learn More>


Patio at Mr Ricks Mr Ricks (Nightlife)
404 Front Street - Downtown Avila Beach

Phone: (805) 595-7425
Info: Live music on the weekends, many events during summer (Bikini Contest, Margarita Contest, etc), pool tables, shuffle board table, full bar, on tap beer, and an awesome view.

About: Looking for a casual bar with pool tables, great drinks, a patio with outdoor music, live bands, friendly bar tenders, and an exquisite view of the Pacific Ocean? Mr. Rick’s has it all! <Read More>



kids playing at pirate park Pirates Park
On the corner of Front St and San Juan

Activities: Swings, Pirate Ship, Fort, Slides, Picnic Tables, Spots to bring BBQ's

About: <Learn More>







Marine life playing Watch the Marine Life
All over Avila Beach and Port San Luis

Animal Types: Harbor seals, otters, dolphins and whales.

About: Avila Beach and the Port San Luis Harbor is active port for many different kinds of marine life. Some you can see from land or the piers and some you have to get on a boat to enjoy.




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