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Avila-Beach is one of those "laid back" California beach towns that you always read about and wish you were visiting. It's located on Highway 101 on the central California coast in San Luis Obispo County. Nestled amidst beautiful, rolling hills, Avila Beach has shady tree-lined roads that lead to the ocean, and a bay with three piers. It's a small, family-friendly, resort town with swimming, boating, fishing, surfing, beach activities and golf. The beaches here are usually at least ten degrees warmer than the beaches just a few miles north, and some say this lovely, protected cove has some of the warmest and best weather on the Central Coast. Avila Beach and nearby Pismo Beach and Shell Beach together offer 23 miles of stunning, white sand beach for walking, jogging, exploring, sunbathing and beachcombing. Grassy areas with the latest equipment, slides and kiddie rides surround a children's playground at the beach. Avila Beach has spectacular bay views and colorful hills that change color with the seasons. There are special events throughout the year such as wine and music festivals, a par 71, 6500-yard championship golf course resort, and neighboring communities of interest such as Solvang and Hearst Castle. Avila Beach also hosts the California Festival of Beers on Memorial Day Weekend, the Central Coast Wine Classic in July and the Pops by the Sea Concert on Labor Day Weekend.

Surrounding areas: Pismo Beach, California (5.2 mi), Grover Beach, California (7.5 mi), San Luis Obispo, California (7.5 mi), Oceano, California (8.6 mi), Los Osos, California (11.1 mi), Baywood Park, California (11.7 mi), Morro Bay, California (15.4 mi)

Avila Beach Vacation Rentals

Avila Beach Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Cliffs Resort At Shell Beach2757 Shell Beach RdShell Beach, CA2.6 mi.(805) 773-5000
Spyglass Inn2705 Spyglass DrShell Beach, CA2.7 mi.(805) 773-4855
Best Western Shore Cliff Lodge2555 Price StPismo Beach, CA4.9 mi.(805) 773-4671
Motel 61625 Calle JoaquinSan Luis Obispo, CA4.9 mi.(805) 541-6992
Cottage Inn By The Sea2351 Price StPismo Beach, CA5.0 mi.(805) 773-4617
Pismo Lighthouse Suites2411 Price StPismo Beach, CA5.0 mi.(805) 245-2411
Kon Tiki Inn1621 Price StPismo Beach, CA5.3 mi.(805) 773-4833
Motel 6 #1381433 Calle JoaquinSan Luis Obispo, CA5.5 mi.(805) 549-9595
Shell Beach Motel653 Shell BCH RdPismo Beach, CA5.7 mi.(805) 773-4373
Sandcastle Inn100 Stimson AvePismo Beach, CA5.8 mi.(805) 773-2422
Embassy Suites Hotel San Luis Obispo333 Madonna RdSan Luis Obispo, CA6.4 mi.(805) 549-0800
Best Western Royal Oak Motor Hotel214 Madonna RdSan Luis Obispo, CA6.6 mi.(805) 544-4410
Mission Inn Of Pismo Beach601 James WayPismo Beach, CA6.7 mi.(805) 773-6020
Oxford Suites651 Five Cities DrPismo Beach, CA6.8 mi.(800) 982-7848
Motel 6 #270860 4TH StPismo Beach, CA7.0 mi.(805) 773-2665
Travelodge Downtown345 Marsh StSan Luis Obispo, CA7.5 mi.(805) 543-6443
Best Western Casa Grande Inn850 Oak Park RdArroyo Grande, CA7.8 mi.(805) 481-7398
Pacific Plaza Resort444 Pier AveOceano, CA7.8 mi.(805) 473-6989
E Z 8 Motels Inc555 Camino MercadoArroyo Grande, CA8.2 mi.(805) 481-4774
Econo Lodge950 Olive StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.2 mi.(805) 544-8886
Ramada Inn-San Luis Obispo1000 Olive StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.2 mi.(800) 777-5847
Comfort Inn & Suites Lamplighter1604 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.6 mi.(805) 547-7777
Quality Suites1631 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.6 mi.(805) 541-5001
Holiday Inn Express1800 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.7 mi.(805) 544-8600
Travelodge1825 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.7 mi.(805) 543-5110
Best Western Somerset Inn1895 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.8 mi.(805) 544-0973
Sands Suites & Motel1930 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.8 mi.(805) 544-0500
Super 8 Motel1951 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.8 mi.(805) 544-7895
Apple Farm Inn2015 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.9 mi.(805) 544-1317
Days Inn2050 Garfield StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.9 mi.(805) 549-9911
La Cuesta Motor Inn2074 Monterey StSan Luis Obispo, CA8.9 mi.(805) 543-2777
Holiday Inn Express775 N Oak ParkGrover Beach, CA9.8 mi.(805) 481-4448
Blue Heron1899 9TH StLos Osos, CA11.1 mi.(805) 528-1493
Inn At Morro Bay60 State Park RdMorro Bay, CA13.6 mi.(805) 772-5651
Embarcadero Inn456 EmbarcaderoMorro Bay, CA14.3 mi.(805) 772-2700
Ascot Suites260 Morro Bay BlvdMorro Bay, CA14.5 mi.(805) 772-4437
Bay View Lodge225 HBR StMorro Bay, CA14.5 mi.(805) 772-2771
Best Western San Marcos Motor Inn250 Pacific StMorro Bay, CA14.5 mi.(805) 772-2248
The Inn At Morro Bay19 Country CLB RdMorro Bay, CA14.5 mi.(805) 772-5651
Blue Sail Inn851 Market AveMorro Bay, CA14.6 mi.(805) 772-7132

Avila Beach Weather & Climate

A Mild, Mediterranean climate describes the central coast of California that lies between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The area near San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year and very pleasant temperatures year round. The terrain is made up of sandy beaches, gently rolling hills and sand dunes, lush foliage and vineyards. Cool ocean breezes keep temperatures from becoming too hot in the summertime. Low clouds and patchy fog are common on summer days, but it almost always burns off by midday. Conditions are very dry, and the occasional summer thunderstorm produces so little precipitation that range and forest fires often result from lightening strikes. In winter, the semi-permanent Pacific Ocean high retreats bringing rain into the area from November through March. These storms are widespread and at times heavy.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 64°F 42°F 3.59 in. 55°F
February 65°F 44°F 3.87 in. 56°F
March 66°F 44°F 3.46 in. 55°F
April 69°F 45°F 1.13 in. 54°F
May 69°F 47°F 0.41 in. 55°F
June 71°F 50°F 0.07 in. 56°F
July 71°F 52°F 0.03 in. 58°F
August 72°F 53°F 0.02 in. 60°F
September 73°F 53°F 0.32 in. 60°F
October 72°F 50°F 0.62 in. 59°F
November 68°F 45°F 1.70 in. 57°F
December 65°F 42°F 2.57 in. 55°F

Avila Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the San Luis County Regional airport (SBP) located about 6 miles northeast of Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo, California, the Santa Maria Pub Cpt G Allan Hancock airport (SMX) located approximately 24 miles southeast of Avila Beach in Santa Maria, California, the Paso Robles Municipal airport (PRB) located roughly 34 miles north of Avila Beach in Paso Robles, California, the Santa Barbara Municipal airport (SBA) located around 72 miles southeast of Avila Beach in Santa Barbara, California, and finally the New Coalinga Municipal airport (C80) located about 72 miles northeast of Avila Beach in Coalinga, California.

Avila Beach Attractions

Golf Courses
Pismo State Beach Golf CourseGrover BeachCA6.7 mi.
Dairy Creek Golf CourseSan Luis ObispoCA7.5 mi.
Laguna Lake Golf CourseSan Luis ObispoCA7.5 mi.
Morro Bay Golf CourseMorro BayCA15.4 mi.
Blacklake Golf CourseNipomoCA17.1 mi.
Chalk Mountain Golf CourseAtascaderoCA20.7 mi.
Eagle Creek Golf CourseAtascaderoCA21.1 mi.
State Parks
Montana de Oro State ParkCA9.2 mi. 
Morro Bay State ParkCA13.0 mi. 
Point Sal Beach State ParkCA20.0 mi. 
San Simeon Beach State ParkCA35.3 mi. 
Hearst San Simeon State Historical MonumentSan SimeonCA41.2 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA21.7 mi.
Santa Barbara Zoological GardensSanta BarbaraCA78.7 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA117.8 mi.

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