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Top Things to Do in Avila Beach and Beyond

The Best Attractions Around Avila Lighthouse Suites

With dozens of things to do in Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo Bay, you can be overwhelmed with choices. Thankfully, we've compiled a list of the best things to do. From the Avila Beach surfing and the Avila Beach wineries our spa resort near Avila Beach is alive with activity. Additionally, check out our local recommendations for romantic things to do and family-friendly activities

1. Central Coast Sailing Charters

With whale watching, sail lessons, and private charters, Central Coast Sailing Charters takes you onto the waters of the Pacific Ocean for high seas adventure. The whale watching season is typically June through September and January through April, and visitors are often thrilled with the amount of wildlife that you can see from the water. The tours at Central Coast Sailing Charters are generally only six people, so you'll know that you're getting the best view and personalized experience possible. 

2. Avila Beach Paddlesports

Avila Beach Paddlesports gets you out onto the waters with kayaks, paddleboards, and adventure tours. This family-friendly activity is a great way to closely experience the crystal clear waters.The waters are calm in Avila Beach, so these adventure tours are perfect for beginners with kayaking or paddleboards. In addition to getting a great workout and unforgettable experience, you'll be sure to witness wildlife and the stunning beauty of the Central Coast. 

3. Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail

This gorgeous bike trail winds through the Avila Beach area and gives you scenic views of its natural beauty. No bike? No problem. You can rent at Wally's Bike Trail at the start of the trail in downtown Avila Beach. Bob Jones Trail is a classic, relaxed road that would also be perfect for a family hike, where your family can witness the heavily forested entry to the trail make way to ocean and mountain views.  

4. Port San Luis Lighthouse

The Port San Luis Lighthouse is a historical landmark built in the 19th century. This beautifully restored lighthouse is surrounded by Light Station Park, which possesses fantastic views of the beach. Tours are offered weekly of the Lighthouse, and you can also take a hike up to the landmark. This is a family-friendly activity, but also offers beautiful romantic views. 

5. Seaweed Express

The Seaweed Express takes you on an exciting tour around the wildlife in Avila Beach. See Otter Town, The Pirate's Bay, and the Fossil Cave. You'll be able to see things that would be impossible without the maneuverability of this small boat, which grants access to the hidden caverns of the shoreline. You'll see the coast from an entirely new perspective that you won't forget. 

6. Alapay Cellars

If you want a great wine tasting experience on the coast, Alapay Cellers is the place to go. They have been crafting fine wine on the Central Coast for over a decade, bringing unique tastes to the beach community in their tasting room in Avila Beach. Savor the best red, white, and sparkling wines in a fun and unpretentious environment, just a block away from Avila Beach. 

7. Avila Hot Springs

Avila Hot Springs is a unique destination with over 100 years of history. There are numerous activities at the Hot Springs, including cabin camping, dry tent camping, a hot springs soaking pool and a heated freshwater swimming pool. It's a perfect place for a family outing, and also offers group picnic and BBQ facilities for a laid-back summer lunch. 

8. Van Curaza Surf School

Learn to hang ten at the Van Curaza Surf School. If you've always wanted to learn, but never got around to it, the laid-back Avila Beach community is a perfect place to start. They offer lessons from professional surfers, and ensure that they offer instruction to anyone: first-timers, experts, and cognitively or physically disabled people. Started in 1979 by local legend Van Curaza, this surf school teaches surfing as well as environmental awareness, and is a great local place to start your surfing adventures. 

9. Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary

Avila Beach has been designated a Bird Sanctuary by the Avila Beach community to promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems. Explore all the wonderful initiatives being done by the Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary.

10. Avila Beach Golf Resort

This 18 hole golf course is a beautiful place to perfect your game. Located across the street from the beach and from Avila Lighthouse Suites, this resort offers a diverse championship golf course that is acceptable for many levels of play, along with instruction and world-class facilities. 

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