Explore Avila Beach
Avila Beach HotelsSip freshly corked wines in their award winning vineyards, explore coastal rock caves, and head into the hills on the Bob Jones Trail, the pretty coastal town of Avila Beach is a secluded hotspot in popular California. Family-friendly and relatively quiet, life in this part of the northwest coast is simple and relaxing. The town is a few blocks of whitewashed villas, cobblestone pedestrian streets, and quaint balconied inns, where the focal point is the golden sandy beach, the crashing surf, and the perfectly-laid greens of its popular Central Coast golf course.Things to seeYou can enjoy more than a round of golf at the challenging Avila Beach Golf Resort, because the views from this coastal 18-hole course are an attraction themselves. The front 9 make their way through oak-tree forests, while the back 9 enjoy a spectacular panorama of the North Pacific Ocean surrounded by the lapping waters of its coastal estuary, and the golden sands of the undulating seashore. At the Avila Beach Sea Life Center next to the boardwalk, a scuba experience gives you a glimpse of Californian marine life from a new perspective, while local experts and marine biologists describe in detail each of the fantastic creatures living in its interactive touch-tanks. Just inland from the beach you can follow the ambling walkers making their way to the start of the Bob Jones Trail, a purpose-built cycle and hiking track that spans the 3 mile gap from the sparkling coastline to a dedicated car park on Ontario Road. Fish and farmers’ markets have their place here, next to award winning vineyards and holistic spa retreats, and at the beach itself, some unusual sea caves offer the chance to escape for a few hours of exploration and discovery. Hotels in
Avila BeachThere’s a modest selection of hotels in Avila Beach to choose from, but they each offer the chance to enjoy the serenity of this unique coastal town. The choice of luxury hotels all boast charming interiors with elegant decor, WiFi, and balconied guestrooms. There’s an option for suite-style accommodation too, with self-catering facilities overlooking the beach, offering that relaxed home-from-home feel. Avila Beach as a tourist destination is compact and petite, which means each of the hotels are just a few minutes from the beach and all its attractions. Where to stayAvila Beach is the sort of place Californian’s visit when they need an escape from the glistening high-rise commercial buildings of the city. It offers charm and relaxation in family-oriented surroundings, where the aptly-named Front Street edges the sea, lined with swaying palm trees, awning covered candy shops, and motorhomes abandoned in the many parking spaces. It’s wine country here, with some of California’s best loved estates covering the rolling landscape with their trailing vines, many of the hotels in Avila Beach have bars serving locally-grown wines by the glass. How to get to Avila BeachFrom San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport it’s an 18 minute drive to Avila Beach, although most international travelers are more likely to find their way here after arriving at Los Angeles or San Francisco’s international airports. There are trains running to the town from both cities, and the fast-flowing West Side Freeway that connects San Francisco to Los Angeles is the ideal route to take with a hire car. For getting around, Avila Beach is tiny so everything can be discovered on foot, but there’s a nostalgic trolley car running tourists from Avila to Pismo Beach in the south, stopping at several points along the way for sightseeing and photo opportunities.