Destination guide

An oasis of sand and surf off the Pacific Coast Highway

Tucked into scenic San Luis Obispo Bay on the central California coast, the sheltered waters of Avila Beach are a haven for swimmers and surfers, thanks to year-round temperatures that are much warmer than other beaches in the region. Once a major shipping port, today the town is a popular vacation destination offering everything from boutique surf shops to epic hikes and relaxing spas. Approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on famous Highway 1, an Avila Beach vacation rental is a perfect stop on one of the great American road trips.

Things to do

Pamper yourself mind, body, and soul

Vacation is a perfect time to find your Zen. A centrally located Avila Beach vacation rental puts you on the doorstep of the renowned Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, where you can pamper yourself with a massage and yoga class, or find the right holistic treatment to align your chakras. For premium golfing, head to Avila Beach Golf Resort. Young and old alike will enjoy a visit to the Central Coast Aquarium and the Point San Luis Lighthouse, dating from 1890. If the great American road trip is on your bucket list, world-famous Highway 1 is right nearby.

Activities

Something for everyone, from whale watching to wineries

The warm waters and pristine sands of Avila Beach are a dream come true for beach bums and surfer dudes. A picturesque pier offers recreational fishing, top-notch whale watching, and some killer sunset views. Rejuvenate your senses with massages, yoga classes, and a range of other holistic therapies at one of the local spas, or indulge in some delicious local vintages at one of the coastal wineries. The famous Bob Jones Trail draws bikers and hikers from far and wide. Farm-to-table aficionados will love the farmers' market, agritourism offerings, and apple picking at the many nearby orchards.

Weather

You'll fall in love with microclimates

You don't have to be a scientist to appreciate how a microclimate can improve your vacation -- thanks to its sheltered position, Avila beach is sunnier and warmer than most other beaches in the area. Winters are only slightly cooler than summers, with highs in the 70s from November to April, and in the 80s from May through October. Even in the colder months, the lows just barely dip into the 40s at night, so feel free to leave the winter gear at home. Summers can see drought conditions, so stock up on the bottled water.

Natural features

Bask in hot springs and chill out in cool ocean waters

Rocky cliffs bookend pristine sands at Avila Beach. With an Avila Beach vacation rental, you'll be surrounded by widely varying landscapes — mineral hot springs, apple orchards, and lush oak forests. Budding marine biologists will find an ocean playground at their doorstep, with regular gray and humpback whale sightings in San Luis Obispo Bay, and an entire pier dedicated to California Polytechnic State University's marine research program. Rolling vineyards and manicured trails round out the picture, offering something for every outdoor lover in your group.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Avila Beach

The nearest airport is in San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional), located 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public), which is 25.1 mi (40.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Avila Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 550 vacation rentals near Avila Beach. From 247 Houses to 190 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Avila Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Avila Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Avila Beach:

  • Downtown: 149 vacation rentals
  • Los Osos: 317 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 37 vacation rentals
  • Old Town Historic District: 40 vacation rentals
  • Motel District: 154 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Avila Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Avila Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Avila Beach Golf Resort: 839 vacation rentals
  • Central Coast Aquarium: 835 vacation rentals
  • Avila Beach Community Center: 834 vacation rentals
  • Pismo Beach Pier: 662 vacation rentals
  • Price Anniversary House: 666 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Avila Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Avila Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 247 Houses in Avila Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Avila Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 190 rentals available
  • Cottages: 30 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 30 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Avila Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 41 vacation rentals with pool available in Avila Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.