Do I need a permit to have my wedding on the beach in Avila?
Weddings are allowed on Avila Beach, but because it's a public beach, you can not "reserve" an area. Everything at the beach is on a first come first serve basis. The Port San Luis Harbor District Office does issue special event permits for large groups (anything over 50 is advisable). This ensures they will not issue a permit for the same place at the same time, but it still does not reserve anything and people cannot rope areas off.
Weddings are considered a special event and all the District Office does is issue the permit. The rest is up to the permittee. The District does not allow amplified sound, generators, nothing that requires cords to run along the beach, no vehicles on the beach (not even for set up), no enclosed tents, no confetti (not even eco friendly), rice or any non natural material. Rule of thumb is anything you bring, must be taken with you when you leave.
The permit fee can be purchased from the Port San Luis Harbor District office. Their phone number is 805-595-5400, or visit their web site for additional information: www.portsanluis.com.
Can I reserve picnic tables at Avila Beach?
The picnic tables at Avila Beach are on a first come, first serve basis. There are 6 picnic tables on the beach and a few more in the Avila Beach Community Park.
Is there RV camping allowed in the Avila Beach area?
RV camping is allowed in the Port San Luis area. Spaces are on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are not available. The following rules apply: 14-day maximum stay; No tent camping available; Campfires are prohibited; All pets must be kept on leash; Excessive noise prohibited. For more information, visit www.portsanluis.com .
Do I need a fishing license?
A fishing license is not required when fishing from either the Avila Pier or Harford Pier. If you decide to do some surf fishing, however, you must obtain a fishing license. Various types of fishing licenses are available from either of the sportfishing offices.
Are dogs allowed on the beach?
Dogs are allowed on Avila Beach (leashed) before 10am and after 5pm. Dogs are not allowed on Avila Beach between the hours of 10am – 5pm. They are allowed all day/everyday (leashed) on the Olde Port beach, next to the Harford Pier.
Are vehicles allowed on the beach?
Vehicles are not allowed on Avila Beach. There is a launch ramp available at Olde Port Beach for loading and unloading boats only. Vehicles may not be left on the beach.
Are there firepits on the beach?
No fires are allowed on Avila Beach. Fire rings are available on Olde Port Beach on a first come, first serve basis. Treated wood, pallets or wood with nails are not allowed in the fire rings.
Does Avila Beach have a firework display on the 4th of July?
Avila Beach does not have a firework display. “Safe and sane” fireworks are not permitted on the beach. The closest 4th of July firework display is in Pismo Beach.