Escape the city and everyday stresses with a trip to one of our relaxing Avila Beach vacation rentals. As your home base for exploring the variety of California attractions, a rental in this small town is perfect for the whole family.
Halfway between the metropolises of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and just north of Pismo Beach, is the burgeoning seaside hamlet of Avila Beach. While many popular Pacific coast towns are right on California Highway One and close to US 101, Avila Beach is a haven just a few miles off of the main routes, which allows it to thrive quietly.
Once a shipping port, the town became a honeymoon getaway when hotels popped up there in the late 19th century. Today, it's a growing San Obispo Bay getaway.
Bring the kids, because there are many family-friendly activities in Avila Beach! Discover the area's marine residents at the Central Coast Aquarium right off of the boardwalk on Front Street. Then, get your produce straight from the source while apple-picking at the Avila Valley Barn.
Everyone will enjoy the three-block-long main beach where you can bodyboard or watch the occasional surfer from your sunny spot on the sand. On a Front Street boardwalk stroll, you'll find souvenir shops, ice cream stands, and bike rentals. To get further acquainted with the Pacific waters around the area, take a charter cruise along barnacle-dotted coves or even a whale-watching excursion. Take the trolley or a moderate hike to Point San Luis Lighthouse where you might spy snacking sea otters and sunbathing harbor seals.
A unique attraction here is the Avila Hot Springs. Soak away your worries in its natural mineral water pools while palms wave in the gentle breeze. Then treat yourself to a locally-sourced seafood dinner - like Dungeness crab - at Olde Port Inn or Ocean Grill. Top off your divine day with a bonfire at Olde Port Beach.
To the south of Avila Beach, you'll quickly reach the larger Pismo Beach. In this area, your family can have a tranquil moment at the Monarch Butterfly Grove or take a thrilling ATV ride at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. A bit further south is the beach town, Santa Barbara, for urban attractions like luxury shopping.
Northbound, you'll find another quaint, ocean-side town, Morro Bay, as well as Montana de Oro State Park. Both have many scenic hikes and photo-worthy vistas.
Inland, you'll quickly get to San Luis Obispo, a quiet town where you can enjoy a drive-in movie at the Sunset. On the way, you might want to experience the eccentric decor at the Madonna Inn. Did you book one of our Avila Beach vacation rentals for a trip with your gal pals or for a couples' escape? Beyond the town is Paso Robles, Central California's famed wine country. Be sure to bring home an award-winning vintage to enjoy at your home away from home!
Avila Beach has significantly grown in the last 20 years, and it's only going to continue attracting beach-loving visitors needing to get away from it all...but still remains just off the beaten track! Start planning today and secure your Central California Coast vacation rental in this must-visit town!
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