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Avila Beach in Santa Maria, California

Located in Central California, Avila Beach is a beautiful beachfront community in San Louis Obispo County. Sheltered from north-blowing winds, it enjoys a warmer climate than other local beaches. Relax in on the white sand beach and enjoy surfing and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. This hidden paradise is a haven with surf shops, amazing restaurants and bars, breathtaking beaches, hiking and biking trails, golf courses and endless activities. While in town, stop by the Sea Life Center for a hands-on experience with native sea life, or enjoy hiking and biking on the three-mile Bob Jones Trail. Discover delightful cafes and shops within walking distance of the wide beach and rejuvenate at the Avila Hot Springs.

Avila Beach, California

Avila Beach

Avila Beach, California
Distance from hotel: 28.1 miles


  • Vary according to activity.


  • Vary according to activity.


  • Avila Beach Art Festival
  • Art on the Beach
  • Avila Beach Farmers Market
  • Concerts at the Cove
  • Blues Festival
  • Pops by the Sea


  • Beaches & Ocean Sports
  • Golf
  • Avila Hot Springs
  • Lighthouse Hike/Bob Jones Trail
  • Shopping
  • Sea Life Center

What types of activities are at the beach?

Located in the heart of downtown, the Main Beach is a half-mile stretch of sand split down the middle by Avila Beach Pier. This family beach is the perfect spot for swimming, surfing, body boarding, kayaking, boating, sunbathing, building bonfires, sailing, and catching some sun. In Port San Luis Harbor, beach lovers will find Fisherman's Beach for great swimming and body boarding and Olde Port Beach, famous for its bonfire pits. Check out the nearby Central Coast Aquarium and the Sea Life Center with tours and hands-on exhibits with native sea life.

What events are held at the beach?

Avila Beach offers many exciting annual events throughout the year, including Concerts at the Cove, Avila Beach Art Festival, Art on the Beach, Avila Beach Farmers Market and Pops By the Sea. Enjoy seasonal happenings like New Years Eve Zongo's All-Stars, Love at the Lighthouse for Valentine's Day and the Blues Festival at the Avila Beach Golf Resort on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

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