FALL🍁 in love with Avila Beach!

The crowds have thinned out, the warm sun sets into vibrant sunsets nightly, and colorful, crunchy leaves have fallen on the Bob Jones Path… As if you needed another reason to be excited about sweater weather in Avila Beach! Read on for a full fall itinerary for our picturesque and charming beach town:

Fall Leaves


Visit the Pumpkin Patch!

If anyone reigns supreme over fall in Avila Beach it’s the kind folks at Avila Valley Barn. Hop on a hayride out to the apple orchard. Be sure to visit hungry and indulge in their signature seasonal sweet treats- caramel apples, apple cider, cider donuts, and apple cider floats. Don’t forget to pick up a homemade pie to keep the sugary bliss going strong at home. Get delightfully lost in the hay bale maze and wander the pumpkin patch to find the perfect one to carve into a spooky jack-o-lantern.

Cider Float


Apple Picking

Enjoy fall’s bounty at Avila Beach’s iconic apple orchards from September through late November. Home to some of the best-tasting apples on the Central Coast, the See Canyon apple season opens September 1 through early December. Grown in a perfect micro-climate that enhances their crisp, juicy, fragrant, fresh apple essence, the Avila Valley’s apple farms are each unique and special in their own way. Come explore the Avila Apple Trail to learn about the apple varieties grown here. Visit the orchards to taste fresh apple cider, hard ciders, still and sparkling apple wines. Enjoy homemade baked apple pies and pastries, and a variety of apple products pie along the picturesque See Canyon Apple Trail. Apple season is a special time of the year on the Central Coast. Tasting locally grown apples picked right off the tree, will give you a completely new appreciation of this beautiful fruit.

Apple Farms in the Avila Valley and See Canyon Area

Avila Apple Season

Harvest on the Coast 2022

We are pleased to invite you to the 2022 SLO Coast Wine Harvest On the Coast, taking place November 11th and 12th in Avila Beach.

We’ll kick things off at 5 PM Friday with Sip & Savor by the Sea at the Central Coast Aquarium. Sip cool-coastal wines from two dozen local wineries and savor delectable passed appetizers. Watch what will undoubtedly be another stunning Avila Beach sunset and enjoy live music by Dan Curcio and Gary Wooten of Moonshiner Collective! Best of all, the Central Coast Aquarium will be open for a tour, with docents on hand to tell you all about the glorious undersea world on the Central Coast. The cost for a ticket to attend Sip & Savor is only $90. What a great way to start your weekend!

Saturday afternoon the Grand Tasting begins at 1 PM at the Avila Beach Golf Resort, where you’ll taste amazing wines, all grown here in the SLO Coast AVA. There will be plenty of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of course, but there’ll also be Albariño, Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and more! Relish delicious bites by local chefs featuring only the best local ingredients and dance in the grass to live music! General admission Grand Tasting tickets are $125.

This year will feature our first VIP Rare and Reserve Tasting in the Clubhouse where our member wineries are pulling out only their best wines to share with you. You’ll get to experience limited-release, small-production wines that are the most exclusive wines made in the region. It’ll be the only opportunity this year to taste the very best, hardest-to-find wines of the SLO Coast AVA! Access is extremely limited and tickets for the Grand Tasting with VIP “Rare and Reserve” access are $175.

Purchase tickets here

Harvest on the Coast

Wine Taste During Harvest Season

It’s the final stretch for the laborious task of making local boutique wines in Avila Beach! Quality takes time and the last grapes harvested in the state are coming in ready to be crushed into stellar cool climate wines. Start with Sinor-Lavallee Winery and Peloton Cellars, two Avila Beach wine-tasting rooms just steps from the sand. Alapay Cellars is right around the corner, pop in for a fun, relaxed, and cozy tasting room atmosphere. Keep the wine flowing at nearby Avila Wine Company and settle in for wine by the flight,  glass, and bottle! Next, head into the leafy, historic See Canyon to visit Kelsey See Canyon Winery. In addition to mouthwatering wines and bites, enjoy the winery’s resident flock of peacocks, and, often, live music.

Avila Beach Wine & Beer Guide



Soak in Avila’s Hot Springs

The days are crisper and cooler getting dark sooner making it the perfect time of year to escape to Avila’s naturally occurring mineral springs. Want to indulge your body, mind, and soul? Find pure bliss in two legendary Avila Beach Hot Springs:

Sycamore Mineral Springs

Tucked away under a canopy of sycamore trees, this treasured spot provides a retreat from daily stress and obligations. Find Sycamore Mineral Springs’ famous hot tubs, staggered amid the trees, as well as the Oasis Lagoon swimming pool. In keeping with a longstanding history of healing weary travelers, Sycamore Mineral Springs also offers luxurious spa treatments and yoga classes. However you choose to soak it in, you’ll find relief and restoration at Sycamore Mineral Springs.

Sycamore Mineral Springs

Avila Hot Springs

Along with a thermal soaking pool, Avila Hot Springs offers a heated swimming pool with waterslides, poolside service, a restaurant, and an arcade. No matter how you spend your time at Avila Hot Springs, it’s guaranteed to be relaxing, rejuvenating, and FUN!

Avila Hot Springs

Make it an Avila Beach Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is all about togetherness and what better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than getting away from it all for a serendipitous escape to Avila Beach?


Avila Beach offers a plethora of Vacation Rentals ranging from one bedroom to six bedrooms. No matter the size of your gathering, you will be able to find accommodations that fit your group’s needs. Many of the vacation rentals offer swoon-worthy kitchens complete with appliances that will enable you to prepare an elaborate Turkey-day feast!

Cobbo's Beach House

Avila Beach Vacation Rentals

Turkey Trot

Hit the Bob Jones trail before you enter into a deep food coma and stretch your legs with a stroll or even take on the family-friendly trail on two wheels. Grab a football and head to the beach for a friendly game of two-hand touch, or beach volleyball. We even boast a public basketball court here with ocean views or a welcoming playground for the little ones. You can also up that sense of adventure and hit the open waters for a whale watching tour, fishing, kayaking, or a stand-up paddleboard tour! In a setting like Avila Beach, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with gratitude.

Bob Jones

Bob Jones Trail

Black Friday Shopping

Worried that a beach Thanksgiving will take you away from the Black Friday deals? Think again! Check out some of our beloved local boutiques for treasure to remind you of your wonderful beach escape or hop on the oceanfront highway and visit our neighbors in Pismo for an impressive array of outlet stores. Or, you can skip the crowds and connect to your vacation rental or hotel room’s fast Wifi network and never leave the couch!

Pismo Beach Outlets

Give an Avila Thanksgiving a shot, we think this might just be your family’s new favorite tradition!

Duh Nuh, Duh Nuh: Avila’s New Shark Exhibit

You can live every week like it’s shark week in Avila Beach now!

Don’t worry- we’re not talking about sharks hanging out in the bay waiting for a little snack. We’re referring to the brand new shark exhibit right here in Avila Beach at 66 Landing Passage.

Captain Micheal Brink, Owner of SLO.TOURS has opened up a new self-guided exhibit featuring every species of shark jaw and teeth on an eye-catching display.

This donation-based museum has a small entry free making it an accessible, educational, and fun stop for kids and families. There is also a small gift shop with toy sharks, t-shirts, books, and more where you can shop after the tour.

Be sure to snap a pic with their realistic-looking deepwater backdrops and tag us in any photos you take there!

Sharks are the only apex predator in the sea, do not have any bones, and contrary to rumors, have good eyesight! There is so much to learn and appreciate about this misunderstood species, and our local exhibit is just the place to start.

Call 805-705-8681 for more information.

Avila Apple Trail

It’s Apple Picking Season!

Home to some of the best tasting apples on the Central Coast, the Avila apple season opens September 1 through late November.  Tasting locally grown apples picked right off the tree, will give you a completely new appreciation of this beautiful fruit.  Grown in a perfect micro-climate that enhances their crisp, juicy, fragrant, fresh apple essence, the Avila Valley’s apple farms are each unique and special in their own way.  Come explore the Avila Apple Trail to learn all the apple varieties grown.  Visit the orchards to taste fresh apple cider, hard ciders, still and sparkling apple wines.  Enjoy homemade baked apple pies and pastries, and a variety of apple products along the bucolic apple trail.  Apple season is a special time of the year on the Central Coast!

Apple Farms in the Avila Valley and See Canyon Area :

SLO Creek Farms
Organic U-Pick Apple Orchard
6455 Monte Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401
(702) 245-3135

Avila Valley Barn
560 Avila Beach Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: (805) 595-2816

See Canyon Fruit Ranch
2345 See Canyon Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 234-5428

Gopher Glen Apple Farm
2899 See Canyon Road
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405
(805) 595-2646

For Hard Cider, Apple Wine & Sparkling Wine:

If you enjoy hard cider, apple wine or apple sparkling wine tasting, then visit the following places located in the Avila Valley/See Canyon, Ca Area.

Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards
Apple Wine & Hard Cider
1947 See Canyon Road
San Luis Obispo, CA, 93405
Tasting Room (805) 595-9700

Avila Beach Favorite Eats

Ready to Grub?


 Start your day with a delicious coffee or chai from Kraken Coffee Co.

Need a healthy morning snack? Try a smoothie or bowl from KravaBowl in inside the Avila Beach Market! Our favorite is The Islands’s Delight, yumm!



Head to Custom House for delicious Bloody Mary’s, salads, burgers, sandwiches, & more!

Need some lighter and maybe with a side of vino? Sit out front and enjoy the ocean view at Pier Front with wine and small snacks!

5 O’clock Somewhere

Take a break from the beach and sun rays at Mr.Ricks – live music and yummy drinks with the best people watching and ocean views. This is the best place for the 21+ to let loose and enjoy the beach life.



Enjoy a beautiful charcuterie board and the best french onion soup at Blue Moon, the cutest French Bistro along Avila’s Boardwalk. Watch the sunset form their patio with one of their unique french wines in hand.




We can’t wait to have you back this Summer at Avila Beach for delicious bites, fruitful wines, and fun filled beach days with your friends and family!


Best Small Town for Adventure


Best Small Town for Adventure

A panel of experts from USA TODAY’s 10 Best 2020 Reader’s Choice awards have chosen Avila Beach as a nominee for best small town for adventure! You can vote one time per day through Monday, June 29. Show your support for Avila Beach by casting your votes here.

“Tiny Avila Beach on California’s Central Coast Highway 1 offers an array of outdoor adventures,” says 10Best Local Expert Sherel Purcell, “starting with the popular multi-use, six-mile round trip Bob Jones trail that’s perfect for cyclists, hikers and dog walkers.” Other options include hiking the bluff above Shell Beach, whale watching from the Point San Luis Lighthouse or catching a wave on the beach.

Sun-Soaked Days on the Horizon

We can’t thank you all enough for all following along with Avila Beach virtually while we wait for travel to become safe again. We can’t wait for you to return, create new memories, and discover what makes our tiny town so special. While we know it’s frustrating to have to wait, trust us, it will be worth it. Until then, we hope you continue to follow along virtually and know that the sun-soaked days are on the horizon!


Dog Friendly

Avila Beach, along the Highway 1 Discovery Route welcomes everyone, not just two-legged travelers! California’s Central Coast provides a fun and safe playground for both dogs and their humans. Stay in dog-friendly lodging, dine in dog-friendly restaurants, and frolic on dog-friendly beaches, hikes and parks. Many wineries even welcome dogs, making for an easygoing good time for both you and Rover alike.

4th of July Pancake Breakfast & Doggie Parade

4th of July in Avila BeachThe Avila Beach Civic Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast & Doggie Parade. Breakfast will be held at the Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel Street from 8:00-11:00 a.m., followed by the Doggie Parade on the Avila Promenade at 11 a.m.

Tickets for the breakfast are $7 for adults and $3 for children 6 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at the Community Center office. There will be tables outside in the Healing Garden with puppy sitters so that everyone can bring their pets to the breakfast.

The Doggie Parade and Doggie Costume Contest has a $5 registration donation. All dogs must be registered to walk in the parade. They can be pre-registered by completing the registration form available online or during the Pancake Breakfast from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at the Community Center, or from 10:15-10:45 a.m. on the Promenade.

For more information, to purchase your tickets, or register your dog(s), visit www.avilabeachcc.com or call 805.627.1997.

4th of July in Avila Beach

Avila Beach Farmers Market


Experience our seaside Farmers Market from April through September! Discover locally grown produce, tastes from local restaurants, Central Coast wines, and live music by local favorites!