Avila Beach as your Central Coast Basecamp

Avila Beach as your Central Coast Basecamp

Chances are after you drive the sycamore-lined road into enchanting Avila Beach, you won’t want to leave. Ever.

Nevertheless, we have compiled some nearby attractions here on the central coast that are a short drive away and make the perfect afternoon activity while you’re staying here in Avila.

Hearst Castle 

California royalty awaits just an hour away from the tranquil bay in Avila. Have you always wanted to check out this stately compound? Your next trip to Avila will afford you just that opportunity to visit Hearst Castle. Be sure to book your tour in advance as they can sell out during the busy season.

Hearst Castle

Paso Robles Wine Country

Escape to the majestic rolling hills and celebrated wineries of Paso Robles. Located 37 miles from Avila, Paso is California wine country with beach access and Michelin stars. A community of cowboys and innovators, it’s where world-class food, wine, and art meet small-town charm.


Ragged Point 

Fondly nicknamed the “Gateway to Big Sur”, Ragged Point boasts jaw-dropping cliffs that tourists flock from around the world to see. The hour drive up the coast from Avila is more than worth it and will bring you through charming seaside towns like Cayucos, Cambria, and San Simeon on California’s iconic Highway 1.

Ragged Point

Oceano Dunes 

One of the last remaining beaches in California where you can drive your car right on the sand is located less than twenty minutes away from Avila Beach in Oceano. Hop on ATVs, hike over the vast sand dunes, or ride horses on the sand. Your visit to this nearby attraction is bound to be a thrill.


Montana de Oro State Park 

As locals call it, “MDO” is a must-see gem on the central coast tucked away in quiet Los Osos on the back bay. As of California’s largest State Parks, Montaña de Oro always offers more to discover. Hop in the car for less than a half hour and you will find yourself on the winding road into this magical place.



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