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Avila’s Beaches

Just twenty steps until you reach the water, you arrive on our own beach. Called Avila by the locals, Avila is really three beaches.

First, the main beach, Avila Beach, is divided by the pier. If you take the stairs down to the beach and take a left, at low tide you can walk all the way to Fossil Point. This serves as a glimpse of the first of many sea caves. But be careful as the tides can change quickly. This spot is perfect for private sunbathing, rock sitting, or looking at tide pools. The right side of the pier, facing the ocean, is intended for families and young children. This part of the beach includes a children's park equipped with a pirate ship playground, basketball courts and barbecue pits. During low tides children and adults can explore the tide pools underneath the bridge as well as an estuary full of wildlife. Closer to the pier, there are children's swings and more public barbecues, both on the beach. On the left side of the pier you will notice families, the college aged visitors, and couples as well. Umbrellas, beach towels, and tents cover the beach during the summer months. But no need to bring yours; the La Fonda has loaner chairs, beach towels, and umbrellas.

If you travel further down Avila Beach Drive, you will run into Hartford Beach. Often called "the Dog Beach" by locals, your four legged friends are welcome at all hours of the day to run free. Here you will see beautiful views of Port of San Luis Obispo, and the local fisherman bringing in their catch. At the far end of the beach are four fire pits for public use at no charge. But these are on a first come, first serve basis, so if you're planning on hosting a typical summer bonfire, get there early to reserve your spot.

The last beach, which is perhaps the most controversial, is Pirates Cove. This clothing-optional beach is a private secluded beach, with some incredible views of the Coast. Visitors should take caution, as in order to get to this exclusive beach, you must go down a steep and windy foot path. To get to this secluded beach, take Cave Landing Road from Avila Beach Drive, and follow the road to the top. There you will find a steep foot path to the left, and follow that down to the beach.

Avila Beach’s Wineries

Perhaps the best part of the Central Coast is the access to the local wine territories. The Central Coast produces some of the most unique wines in the world, due to the beach climate and the varieties of terrain throughout the county. When you stay with us at the Avila La Fonda, you don't need a car to experience these unique wines. Avila hosts a handful of great wine tasting rooms that are in walking distance from the La Fonda. Ask one of our front desk associates to recommend their favorite.

Another added feature to enhance the county's unmatchable wine, are the wine shuttle tours that are offered throughout the area. Here at the La Fonda, many of the wine tours will pick you up right in front of our hotel and take you on a tour of the San Luis Obispo or the Paso Robles Wine Territory, or a special Hearst Castle tour. Take the whole family, or book a private tour for two.

Avila’s Local Attractions

Avila is a quaint town of just under 300 residents, covering an area of only four square blocks. It faces the south, and as a result, is the Central Coast's warmest beach. Our Avila Beach hotel is ideally located near world-class attractions and activities.

Before you get your daily cardio workout in, stop at Joe Momma's Coffee to get your daily caffeine intake. This third wave coffee shop is arguably the best on the Central Coast. Serving award winning coffee, espresso, smoothies, chai, and tea, you will never want to return to a chain coffee shop after you have treated yourself here. Pull up a chair and talk with any of their friendly, local customers, and pick their brain on what their favorite thing to do is in Avila.
Water Activity

For the more adventurous, give SLO Coast Kayaks a call. Whether you want to take a professional guided tour around Avila's Fossil Point, or take your own adventure around the ocean, SLO Coast Kayaks is the place to call. If you want to bring your own kayak, SLO Coast Kayaks rents life jackets, paddles, booties, and much more.

If you're a beginner and want to become an expert before you adventure out into the Pacific Ocean, Central Coast Kayaks offers an array of classes. From learning how to kayak, to surf kayaking, Central Coast Kayaks is "where paddlers meet."

Want to feel like a local, and catch some fresh fish for your family dinner up on our sundeck? Patriot Sportfishing charters full day or half day fishing boat rides. You can bring your own gear, or rent some of theirs for an additional cost. Or you could be the independent fisherman that you are and just fish off the Port San Luis dock.

If you don't feel like chasing the fish yourself, you can just buy some freshly caught fish. BJ's Live Seafood, located on the Hartford Pier, is an outside market, consisting entirely of fish tanks! Freshly caught fish is yours for the buying; buy some fish and bring it up to our sundeck to grill.

Land Activity
If your looking for the kind of adventure to stay on land, consider the Lighthouse Trolley Tours. Every Saturday you can take a tour of the Point San Luis Lighthouse. This secluded lighthouse can't be seen from Avila's beach, so a designated tour is needed to experience this unique landmark.

If you don't feel like chasing the fish yourself, you can just buy some freshly caught fish. BJ's Live Seafood, located on the Hartford Pier, is an outside market, consisting entirely of fish tanks! Freshly caught fish is yours for the buying; buy some fish and bring it up to our sundeck to grill.

Also located at the last pier is Fat Cat's. Don't let the name fool you, but this place will fatten you up with their hardy, delicious portions. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Fat Cat's offers views of the Pacific Ocean that are unmatchable.

Located in the Avila Promenade, is the Old Custom House. Newly renovated, just like Avila Beach itself, this restaurant offers fresh, locally caught seafood and steak. This Avila Beach favorite serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has indoor or outdoor seating.

Right next door, is Avila's only bar. Mr. Rick's, which is also connected to the Old Custom House, often hosts live music during the summer's Avila Farmer's Market and holiday weekends.

Feel like eating as if you were a little south of the border? Behind the Custom House and Mr. Rick's, is the absolute best place to get Mexican food around. The Taco Shack, the newest establishment in Avila, prepares the freshest tacos, burritos, and salads around. They do not disappoint. Grab your order to go, take it up to our sundeck, and bask in the sun's rays as if you were south of the border. [Minus the border patrol of course!]

Also located on Front Street is the Avila Grocery storeAvila Grocery store. They have everything a traditional grocery store has, along with a great deli in the back.

Golf in Avila Beach

Located down the street from us is the Avila Beach Golf Resort. This par 71, 6,500 yard championship golf course has majestic views of the surrounding hills and the Avila Bay.

Just a few miles north and south of Avila Beach, are golf courses in San Luis Obispo, Nipomo, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, and Arroyo Grande. We often receive discounts from these surrounding golf courses, so be sure to ask the front desk what specials the golf courses are hosting.