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Things to do in Avila Beach

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
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“Custom House in Avila is Paul's favorite restaurant on the Central Coast. Seafood is amazing. Breakfast is awesome as well! Paul's recommendation for breakfast is the chicken fried steak. Dress code is whatever you want to wear. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Lodging
“he Avila Beach Golf Resort is the most well-known of the Central Coast Golf Courses, and a wholly-unique golf experience for each of our guests. Designed by Olin Dutra and Desmond Muirhead and opened for play in 1969, we are located 3 miles off Highway 101, south of San Luis Obispo and northwest of Pismo Beach. Nestled in the surrounding hills and on the edge of the bay, the resort includes a par 71, 6500-yard championship course, extensive and beautifully crafted event facilities and a neighborhood bar that also serves tasty sandwiches and small bites. The golf course has kikuyu grass fairways (think Riviera CC) and quick, classic bent grass greens. The front nine is situated on hilly terr”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Bikinis, beer and the beach. Sound like paradise? Well it is, and it’s happening here at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach! Equipped with pool tables, a large beach front patio, and a hot, young energetic staff, Mr. Rick’s caters to anyone looking to have a good time. After a long day on the beach and the sun goes down, put on your dancing shoes and let the best local bands and hottest DJs entertain you all night long.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Beach
“Unique small town located right on the coast. Avila Beach has shops, restaurants, a pier, and one of the nicest beaches to enjoy what the Central Coast has to offer. There is a farmer's market that runs April thru September on Fridays 4 to 8pm.”
  • 127 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Just steps from the sand, Ocean Grill Avila Beach offers pristine ocean views paired with the best of California Coastal Cuisine.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Route
“Want to avoid the crowds at the Pismo Pier? Drive over to Avila Beach, and enjoy the sun at this smaller but equally beautiful beach town.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“If you hit Avila Beach, we recommend Kraken Coffee. Front row seat to the beach.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Aquarium
“The Central Coast Aquarium welcomes all visitors, friends and family, to indulge in the splendor of the Central Coast’s beauty and the wonder within the waters brought to land. Between hands-on experiences like the Exhibit Hall’s touch tanks or close encounters with swell sharks, to engaging academic programs where kiddos learn to walk on sea legs aboard a fishing boat, we aspire to inspire the explorers within every heart who enters our doors. Valuing the lessons to be learned through personalized interactions and exhibits, the Central Coast Aquarium is dedicated to continuing the legacy of it’s founder and continually developing newer, greater, more in depth experiences for our visitors an”
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
“Interested in wine tasting while on the coast? Stop by Alapay and meet Scott & Rebecca Remmenga, a husband and wife team that have a true love for wine. It's located about one block from the beach and offers wine tasting, wine for sale, and gifts.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Located off San Luis Bay Drive in Avila Beach, Woodstone Marketplace is an eclectic combination of deli, country market, coffee & espresso bar, and wine shop. Just a step off the beaten path, Woodstone Marketplace is the perfect spot for a delicious meal in a peaceful creekside atmosphere. We use locally grown produce and local fresh fish in our unique entrees, and our special homemade sauces make each dish a flavor encounter of the best kind. We're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and offer nightly chef-prepared meals and desserts. Dine indoors in our craftsman-style seating area, or outdoors on our patio overlooking Bob Jones Trail.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bicycle Store
“Rent an electric bike and pedal or not! Roughly $20.00 per hour and it is money well spent. This is a fast and fun way to see Avila Beach, Sea Lions, golf course and great beach views and much more. Ride your bike to the pier and grab a bite to eat at Mersea's and check out the boats coming and going. Great way to spend a hour or two. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
School
“They had our daughter up on her very first wave. Great staff and Van himself has an amazing not-for-profit program that teaches vets to surf. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Gym
“This is the best place around for a day spa. Get any spa service done and you get to use the club for the day! That includes their gorgeous pools, Jacuzzis, yoga classes, etc!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“PierFront wine & brew opened in October 2014 and is located right on the ocean in Avila Beach. Come by and enjoy a glass of our very own PierFront wine, local wines, wines from around the world, and brews. We also offer a variety of delicious appetizers.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Peloton Cellars is new to Avila Beach but not wine. It was created by four friends and marries the love of wine and cycling. You can find their tasting room in the new landing building in downtown Avila Beach.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Custom House in Avila is Paul's favorite restaurant on the Central Coast. Seafood is amazing. Breakfast is awesome as well! Paul's recommendation for breakfast is the chicken fried steak. Dress code is whatever you want to wear. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Bikinis, beer and the beach. Sound like paradise? Well it is, and it’s happening here at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach! Equipped with pool tables, a large beach front patio, and a hot, young energetic staff, Mr. Rick’s caters to anyone looking to have a good time. After a long day on the beach and the sun goes down, put on your dancing shoes and let the best local bands and hottest DJs entertain you all night long.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Just steps from the sand, Ocean Grill Avila Beach offers pristine ocean views paired with the best of California Coastal Cuisine.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Located off San Luis Bay Drive in Avila Beach, Woodstone Marketplace is an eclectic combination of deli, country market, coffee & espresso bar, and wine shop. Just a step off the beaten path, Woodstone Marketplace is the perfect spot for a delicious meal in a peaceful creekside atmosphere. We use locally grown produce and local fresh fish in our unique entrees, and our special homemade sauces make each dish a flavor encounter of the best kind. We're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and offer nightly chef-prepared meals and desserts. Dine indoors in our craftsman-style seating area, or outdoors on our patio overlooking Bob Jones Trail.”
  • 4 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“BLUE MOON OVER AVILA Guests will enjoy a rotating menu of seasonal and signature dishes along with imported beer and wine selections designed to impress and satisfy the most discriminating tastes. Located steps from the sand, Blue Moon Over Avila is seaside dining at its finest.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Mission Pizza is now open in the Olde Custom House Cafe. You will find them up the ramp behind the Custom House building. You have tried their awesome pizza in various locations around the Central Coast; now enjoy it on one of California’s premier beaches. Choose from house specialty pizzas, chicken pizzas, veggie pizzas, or make your own freestyle pizza. Plenty of appetizers and salads to choose from or try an oven baked sandwich. NEW! Try the new individual gourmet pizzettes.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Avila Market is one of Avila Beaches only fast casual restaurants offering one the most diverse menus on the coast. Just steps from the historic Avila Pier you can easily find yourself diving into one of Kravabowls signature acai bowls and fresh fruit smoothies or try one of a dozen daily salads, sandwiches and wraps. The Splash Cafe Clam Chowder here is award winning and the Fish and Chips have been a local favorite for decades! Order anything to go and enjoy the breathtaking view while you treat yourself to a well deserved daycation!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Grab a vegetarian taco or enjoy fish tacos here at this budget-friendly restaurant. Quick casual and unique makes this restaurant perfect for families and those just wanting a quick bite to eat. Cold beer available. Patio dining is nice if you need a place to sit for a bit.”
  • 1 local recommends

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