Avila Beach offers the best of both worlds. One world is a vintage California beach town whose residents are devoted to keeping “Avila life” a secret. The other world is a divine collection of rolling hills and valleys interspersed with wineries and avocado, walnut and apple farms. Avila Beach is truly one of the hidden jewels of San Luis Obispo County.
The Beach Life
Tucked away in a small cove just five miles south of the city of San Luis Obispo, Avila is the envy of many coastal towns because of its extraordinary micro–climate. In the summer, Avila sunbathers are out in force under sunny skies while the neighboring beach areas are socked in beneath a blanket of fog. Avila residents also delight in outdoor mineral spring spas, golf by the sea, boogie boarding, wine tasting, fine and casual seaside dining, ocean kayaking, panoramic bike trails – all within a 5-mile radius. It’s a favorite gathering place for marine life as well, with dolphins and sea lions surrounding the piers and beaches.
Port San Luis, home to the historical 1873 Point San Luis Lighthouse, sits on the northern edge of Avila Beach and is one of the most active fishing harbors on the Central Coast of California. On any given afternoon, locals visit the Port San Luis Pier to buy fresh fish right off the boat. Salmon, swordfish, red snapper and tilapia are just a few of the local catches. For those who want to get on a boat, Port San Luis also offers deep-sea fishing and whale-watching excursions. The Olde Port Inn restaurant sits at the very end of the pier and is the only place in the County that you can sit at a dining table and look down the center of it to see the ocean.
Avila Beach is where the Bob Jones Trail can be found. This 2-mile, paved nature path is lined with oak, willow and sycamore trees, and is popular for jogging, biking, inline skating and dog walking. Known as the City to the Sea trail, the vision is that one day this trail will extend eight miles, linking the city of San Luis Obispo to Avila Beach.
In addition to fresh fish, fresh fruit and vegetables are also abundant in Avila. Every Friday evening, families gather in the heart of Avila for the ocean-side farmers’ market to stock up on local produce and goods. During May through December, the Avila Valley Barn welcomes residents with homegrown seasonal veggies and fruits, fresh baked pies, a homemade ice cream parlor, tractor hayrides, and a barnyard petting zoo.
Avila Beach is a must-see community for anyone looking for property in SLO County.
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