The Central Coast Aquarium has been providing a close look at marine life for visitors of all ages since 1994. With desires of cultivating ocean stewardship in the community, Central Coast provides opportunities for hands-on science and oceanic exhibits and programs. They invite all to "dive in and connect below the surface."
San Luis Obispo county is the third-largest producer of wine in California. Below are some of Avila Beach's finest wineries. Avila Wine & Roasting Company 54 San Miguel Street +1 805 627 1918 www.avilawinecompany.com Peloton Cellars 470 Front Street +1 805 627 1080 www.pelotoncellars.com Morovino Winery 76 Landing Passage +1 805 627 1443 www.morovino.com 2nd Chance Winery 65 Landing Passage +1 805 595 9500 www.cottonwoodcanyon.com
Surfing is just one of the many ocean-centric activities popular in Avila Beach. Equipment rentals and lessons are available. Avila Beach Surf School 101 First Street, Avila Beach +1 805 602 1349 www.avilabeachsurfschool.com Van Curaza Surf School +1 805 543 7873 www.vancurazasurfschool.com
One of the most popular courses on the Central Coast welcomes golfers of all skill levels. Golf to a backdrop of sparkling blue waters and rolling hills. Just one of the course's myriad features is its fairways of kikuyu grass, which hearkens to the Riviera Country Club.
Patriot Sportfishing is a favorite among Avila Beach enthusiasts. With Patriot, guests are invited to not only deep sea fishing, but whale watching and private charters as well. While deep sea fishing, expect the likes of long range rockcod, albacore, and salmon. Between the two fishing boats, the Patriot offers a cold galley and the Rita G offers a hot galley.
The site of the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse, which has undergone a number of renovations since 1995, is a park open to the public. The Lighthouse is home to numerous opportunities for exploration. For those seeking an educational experience, there are historical tours of the lighthouse itself, and for those seeking to indulge in the outdoors, there are beach coast trails.
Once used for shipping in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the piers are now used for their views, as well as for recreational fishing. The Avila Beach Pier is the first of the three piers and was first constructed in 1908 by the county of San Luis Obispo. Over two thousand local residents gathered there April 30, 1908 when President Teddy Roosevelt's “Great White Fleet” anchored offshore. The Harford Pier was developed in 1873 and now is used for fishing, restaurants and commercial fishing. The last pier, the California Polytechnic State University Pier, is an educational/marine research facility.
Avila Beach Boat Charters offers tours that explore the coastlines of Avila Beach and Shell Beach. They even take riders on an adventure into coastal caves via the Seaweed Express. It's a great opportunity to see some of the marine animals that call these waters home.
Avila Beach Paddlesports provides kayak and SUP rentals, lessons, and eco-friendly Adventure Tours all year-round. Traverse across the calm and scenic Port San Luis Harbor Adventure Tour, and bound into the riveting sea caves at Fossil Point and Shell Beach. All ages and ability levels are welcome.
Morro Bay State Park is home to several natural attractions, the most notable being Morro Rock, one of the coastal volcanic peaks known as the Nine Sisters. It also contains a natural history museum, a public golf course, camp sites, and opportunities for an array of outdoor activities. The bay's northeast edge is a saltwater marsh that even serves as home to a thriving bird population.
You won't find a restaurant that has been as popular for nearly as long as the Custom House. Choose to dine either indoors or on the outdoor patio, where heaters and blankets are provided at night. The patio is wonderful for oceanfront views and people watching. A menu of seafood favorites is to be had, including the likes of swordfish steak, wild king salmon, mahi mahi filet, and more.
Located at the end of Harford Pier, the Olde Port Inn serves up the taste of the ocean with a spectacular seaside view. They are a favorite for dinner and cocktails, making it a setting for romance in Avila Beach. Enjoy each other's company while simultaneously enjoying some of the area's finest seafood.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner inspired by local ingredients and the surrounding wine country are served at Gardens of Avila. Located in the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, guests are transcended by the Zen ambiance and equally wonderful cuisine. To seal in your attention, Gardens of Avila was awarded “Most Romantic Restaurant in San Luis Obispo County."
A meal at the Ocean Grill is an event in and of itself. With an elegant atmosphere and a varied menu, things are always interesting. Executive Chef Randy Miller awes with wood-fired flat bread pizzas, seasonal fresh fish, and Chef favorites such as the chicken ballotine and pan seared duck breast.
Buona Tavola pairs wines from local California wineries with items from its menu. Inspired by Northern Italian cuisine, Buona Tavola is elegance on a plate. They feature gluten-free dishes in addition to a variety of antipasti, hand crafted pastas, generous entrees, and marquee desserts.
Enoteca, located at La Bellasera Hotel in Paso Robles, serves a contemporary menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood. From their exquisite location, Enoteca impresses with bold entrees and award-winning Central Coast wines. Engage in intimate and memorable conversation while partaking in a palate of celebration.
Ocean views accompany your cup of coffee or tea at Joe Momma's. They proudly brew their coffee on the Central Coast's first Clover. Using a Clover allows them to feature coffee from different origins, varietals, and processing methods, without brewing large batches at once. Each cup is unique and exquisitely your own.
House of Bagels eponymously serves specialty bagels, as well as soups, sandwiches, and espresso beverages. Along with their additional location at 601 First Street in Paso Robles, House of Bagels is the destination for old-style, water-boiled bagels. These fresh bagels even go into making their bagel-crust pizzas.
The Hula Hut has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it is famous for its homemade fudge made daily by the owner. Flavors include Chocolate Marshmallow Caramel, Chocolate Raspberry, Vanilla Amaretto Almond, Lemon Meringue, and so much more. They are also available for purchase online.
Portside is popular for their Italian flavors and breathtaking views of the beaches and ocean. Pastries from local bakery SLO Baked sweeten the menu, while Portside brightens up your morning or afternoon with Italian sodas, espressos, and more. Come sit under the umbrella and take the day off.
Named after owner and chef Francisco Mora, nicknamed "Chico," this breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot is a favorite with tourists and locals. Their menu spans American breakfast items and a variety of pastas, salads, and sandwiches for lunch. Dinner focuses on seafood specialties.
Mr. Rick’s is only steps from Avila Beach's pristine sands, making it a wonderful choice for those seeking a swift transition into nightlife. The coastal ambiance fills glasses of libations like cocktails and wine, while the sea breeze bring extra seasoning to each appetizer. Live music, pool tables, and an extensive bar selection guarantee a great time at Mr. Rick's.
A restaurant and nightclub in one location. During the day, Mother's Tavern is a family-friendly restaurant serving artfully-crafted sandwiches, burgers, and salads. By night, a nightclub is made out of the establishment. Enjoy nightly events and specials with dancing and DJ sets.
Eureka's burgers are so unique it has come to be known as a burger bar. They serve specially-crafted burgers using fresh ingredients and fresh-baked buns. To pair with their scrumptious meals, they have a full bar that includes all-natural liquors, craft beers, and small-batch whiskey.
Doc Burnstein's ice cream is considered some of the best in California. With original flavors like German Chocolate Cake and Lemon Meringue Pie, it's easy to see why. Seasonal flavors are also specials, such as Red Hot Cinnamon for Valentine's Day and Guinness Beer for St. Patrick's Day.
The warm temperatures of Avila Beach keep Sea Barn, which sells swimsuits, sunglasses and other beachwear, in business all year round. Brands such as Roxy, Becca, Vix, De La Mar, Billabong, Speedo, and Point Conception are found. For men, brands like Quiksilver, O’Neill and Billabong are sold.
With multiple Reimer's locations, the Avila Beach location retains its own identity. Beckoning with cool treats from across the sand, Reimer's Candies and Ice Cream, features European-style ice cream, gelato, sherberts, and shaved ice. Also made for you are gourmet chocolates, fudges, nut brittles, and a large selection of candies.
Alapay Cellars is easily one of Avila Beach's finest creations. Owners and winemakers Scott and Rebecca Remmenga offer an increasingly wide selection of nearly 6,000 cases annually. They'll never become a large production winery, therefore ensuring personalized service and quality ingredients.
Avila Beach is served by the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP), which offers commercial flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. It is serviced by United Airlines and U.S. Airways. Ground transportation is provided via car rental companies Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz.
The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority operates the Avila Beach Trolley services during the summer. Once a week they transport to the farmer's and fish market, and four days a week from Port San Luis to Pismo Beach. It also provides bus service throughout San Luis Obispo County and into Santa Barbara County.