Avila Beach Travel Guide
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 81%Local Culture
- 66%Budget Travelers
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- Avila BeachMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersFirst to ReviewOct 18, 2013
It's one of those pockets of sunshine in San Luis Obispo County. Almost hidden off Hwy 101, this gorgeous stretch of sand sits incongruously beside a nuclear power plant. Come to walk the creaky old pier, where sea lions bray over the sounds of fishmongers. Sycamore Hot Springs and the Avila Valley Barn farm and u-pick are two more reasons this small coastal town is worth a half-day trip.Recommended for:
- Avila BeachMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersMay 24, 2013
If the days seem brighter in this Central Coast town, just north of Pismo Beach—well, they are. Avila’s bay location gives it less fog than its neighboring towns, making it all the better for strolling its boardwalk pier and taking a dip in the waters. You’re also a short hop from Paso Robles and wine country.
Stay: The nautical-theme Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites may not be old—the whole pier area was rebuilt after an oil spill in the 1990s—but it’s old-school, with Ping-Pong, putting greens, and a life-size chessboard.
Eat: Start your day with churro-style French toast or the Machaca—eggs with beef barbacoa, queso fresco, beans, and hash browns—at the local favorite, the Old Custom House.
-- Katrina Brown Hunt