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Fun Things to Do in Avila Beach, CA

Staying at Avila Lighthouse Suites makes it easy to discover the best of California’s Central Coast. From oceanfront paradise to rolling vineyards, San Luis Obispo County is one of the most beautiful regions in the country, and there’s no shortage of things to do for you and your whole family.

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Tour Avila Beach, CA

Central Coast Local Attractions

Whether you plan to spend your day wandering the beach, exploring tide pools and caves by kayak, blazing a trail on one of Avila's popular bike trails, playing golf, visiting wineries, touring nearby Hearst Castle or shopping at boutiques and antique stores, a wealth of activities awaits you during your vacation to California's Central Coast in Avila Beach.

The Avila Lighthouse Suites will be your home away from home while you enjoy all the activities California's beautiful Central Coast has to offer. 

Visitors to Avila Beach will enjoy beautiful weather year-round and discover why Avila Beach is known as the warmest beach in San Luis Obispo County perfect for sun bathing and outdoor activities. For a list of events in the area, click here. Some popular Central Coast attractions include:

Championship Golf Courses
Central Coast Wine Country
For the Kids
Dining and Restaurants

Avila Beach and Promenade
Enjoy the charming beach town of Avila Beach featuring glistening beaches and a family friendly atmosphere with quaint beach-themed shops, restaurants and activities. For more information on Avila Beach, visit www.VisitAvilaBeach.com. While in Avila Beach, CA don't forget to walk down one of our two public piers and try to catch a glimpse of sea life at play, visit www.AvilaBeachPier.com.

Avila Beach Farmer's Market
This fun local favorite event takes place Spring-Fall every Friday from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Promenade. Enjoy great food, fresh local produce and seafood, over 20 vendors, live entertainment, contests and prizes for the entire family. For more information and an entertainment schedule, visit www.VisitAvilaBeach.com.


Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA

Hearst Castle
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument: The renowned Central Coast landmark of Hearst Castle is just a scenic 45 mile drive from Pismo Beach. Former home of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the castle is an area must see given its vast collection of European artwork, architectural magnificence, incredible pools and gardens and a unique glimpse into the lifestyle of one of American's leading publishing greats. Five distinct tours are available.

Take your appreciation of Hearst Castle even further by viewing the National Geographic Theater's film "Hearst Castle - Building the Dream." Showing on their larger-than-life iWERKS theater screen, this documentary takes you into the history and construction of Hearst Castle like you've never seen. The National Geographic Theater is located in the Hearst Castle Visitor Center. Visit the theater website for more information.

Tour reservations are strongly recommended to enjoy this historic California attraction. Call 1-800-444-4445 to reserve your tour. Please visit the Hearst Castle Website.


Avila Beach Golf Course

Championship Golf Courses

With many courses located 0-40 miles from the Avila Lighthouse Suites, the choice is yours. Below is a list of popular golf courses nearby.

To see all the golf courses in San Luis Obispo County, please visit the Central Coast Golf Trail Website

Avila Beach Golf Resort
Located next to the Avila Lighthouse Suites, the Avila Beach Golf Resort features a challenging course set beside the ocean. Serene tidal estuaries, oak-lined valleys and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean provide the backdrop for this championship course.

Blacklake Golf Resort
A short drive to Nipomo brings you to this beautifully manicured course nestled in more than 421 acres of beautiful natural surroundings. Among Eucalyptus groves and natural water features, Blacklake features three distinct nines, Canyon, Lakes and Oaks that test the skills of every golfer.

Cypress Ridge Golf Course
This new Peter Jacobsen Signature Course is as challenging as it is beautiful. Mature cypress trees, lush green fairways and cool fresh ocean air makes it a golfers' paradise. The Cypress Ridge Golf Course is just a short drive South of the Avila Lighthouse Suites in Arroyo Grande.


Avila Beach Wine Tasting

Central Coast Wine Country

If you're ready to discover Central Coast wines firsthand then Avila Lighthouse Suites is the perfect wine country hotel for you.

The Central Coast produces first-class wines out of several main regions including Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo/Edna Valley and Avila Beach.

Conveniently located in the heart of the Central Coast, Avila Lighthouse Suites is a good home base during your wine exploration. Avila Lighthouse Suites is just minutes from dozens of wineries, some tasting rooms within walking distance of the hotel, including Morovino Winery, Alapay Cellars, Salisbury Vineyards, Wood Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard and Avila's newest Champagne bar, Cuvee.

For more information on San Luis Obispo wine region, visit www.SLOWine.com.  For more information on the Paso Robles Wine Region visit www.PasoWine.com.


Monarch Butterfly Grove
Each winter, from October through February, thousands of migratory monarch butterflies arrive in Pismo Beach and gather in the Monterey Pines and Eucalyptus trees. Located just a few miles away from the Avila Lighthouse Suites, off Highway 1, the butterfly grove is open seasonally and not to be missed!

Ragged Point
Approximately 45 miles North of Avila Beach, CA, take a scenic drive up Highway 1 and enjoy the natural surroundings of Ragged Point. On your way, stop by the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, located just North of San Simeon, and see these gentle giants in their natural habitat.

Kayaking, Bicycling, Hiking and More...
The Central Coast is a cornucopia of outdoors activities. All kinds of adventures, from surfing or kayaking along the coast to bicycling quiet country roads, await you.

While in Avila Beach, don't miss the Bob Jones City to Sea Bikeway that meanders around the San Luis Creek, wooded areas and the Avila Beach Golf Resort. For a complete listing of local biking trails, click here.

Central Coast Outdoors at 888-873-5610 offers numerous day trips in the area.


Cuvee Restaurant, Avila Beach, CA

Dining and Restaurants

Avila Lighthouse Suites is surrounded by many dining options, all within close proximity of the hotel. Whether you're looking for a romantic oceanfront setting, casual dining, delicious seafood, a great burger or just a great place to enjoy cocktails while admiring the beautiful sunsets, the Central Coast offers great choices for every appetite.

Custom House
404 Front Street, Avila Beach
805-595-7555
The Custom House features a full menu of fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads and specialty appetizers in a casual beach-friendly setting. You'll also have a great time at the Custom House's nightclub, Mr. Rick's, the newest, hottest beach bar in Avila Beach on the Central Coast.

Cuvee Bistro & Champagne Bar
550 1st St.
Avila Beach, CA 93424
805-595-2245
Cuvee's inventive food and beverage menu borrows from several regions of Italy, France and Spain to share in the diversity of California's Central Coast cuisine.
Happy Hour Daily from 4pm-6pm
Live Music - Thursday & Saturday from 6pm-9pm

Fat Cat's
3920 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach
805-595-2204
A local mainstay for decades, find out what makes Fat Cat's a favorite among locals. Known for great burgers and a great outdoor patio, it's definitely worth a visit when in Avila Beach.

Hula Hut Café
380 Front Street, Avila Beach
805-627-0488
Great for grabbing a quick bite or taking it with you, enjoy ice cream, salads, sandwiches, and more.

Ian McPhee's
6440 Ana Bay Drive, Avila Beach
805-595-4001
Located at the Avila Golf Resort, well-known Chef Ian McPhee features delicious seasonal menus and a quiet, intimate setting.

Olde Port Inn
Pier 3, Avila Beach
805-595-2515
Enjoy fine dining overlooking the ocean at the Olde Port Inn on the Port San Luis pier in Avila Beach.

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