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Avila Beach

Just north of Santa Barbara and below the hills of San Luis Obispo,you will find a town that will leave you in awe of all that Avila Beach has to offer. Located right on the shore of San Luis Obispo Bay, this family and dog-friendly beach is the perfect spot if you’re looking to picnic, featuring beach fire pits, barbeques, and picnic tables. Complete with a beach pier and promenade, you can enjoy a collection of local seafood restaurants, ice cream shops, and local wine bars with tasting rooms. Though there is much to do in Avila Beach, those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city will also find this seafront location will leave you with a relaxed and rejuvenated mindset to take home. 


This beach town has an immense amount of adventure just waiting for you to explore and the things to do in Avila Beach is a long list of activities for both casual and active adventures alike. Whether you have a desire to partake in whale watching in the San Luis Bay, take a cruise down to the Point San Luis Lighthouse or rent a stand up paddleboard for the day, Avila Beach has it all. 

Central Coast Aquarium

The Central Coast Aquarium has visitors from all across the United States that are dazzled by the up close and personal interactions with the Central Coast marine life. Take tours or self explore to learn about all of the aquatic creatures and their ecosystems. 

Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail 

The Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail is a 3-mile, leisurelyroad that takes travelers on a journey through lush forests, along the San Luis Obispo Creek, and out to the beautiful seas of Avila Beach. The Bob Jones Bike Trail is perfect for all levels of biking and hiking. Plus, it’s dog-friendly!

Avila Hot Springs

Discovered in 1907, these popular natural mineral springs are a hidden oasis in Avila Beach. The historic Avila Hot Springs is known for its heated freshwater pools, massage therapy sessions, and, of course, relaxing hot springs. This location also offers convenient cabins and dry tent camping with easy access to the beach and the Bob Jones Bike Trail. 


Avila Beach San Luis Obispo is known for its relaxed atmosphere and almost never-too-crowded sandy white beaches. This coastal town walks the line of modern, yet historic, with unique boutiques, waterfront dining, and beautiful views of the gorgeous San Luis Obispo Bay. 

How Far Is Avila Beach From San Luis Obispo?

Avila Beach is just a short 15-minute cruise from the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo and California Polytechnic State University. Enjoy the quick trip down 101 Highway, where you’ll exit on Avila Beach Drive that will lead you to San Luis St. and straight into the jaw-dropping shores of Avila Beach.        

Are the Beaches Open at Avila Beach?

Yes, Avila Beach is open and ready to welcome its visitors back to this awe-inspiring coastal beach, just a quick jaunt from downtown SLO. Explore more beaches in San Luis Obispo.