things to do avila beach

Trip Itinerary: Things to Do in Avila Beach for Highly Active People

things to do avila beachLooking for a little vacay without busting your New Year’s Reso just yet? Well, you’ve found the perfect spot. There are a lot of things to do in Avila Beach to keep your rump from simply making a dent in the sand the whole time. Yeah, you may have an extra glass of wine, it is a vacation after all. However, here’s a jam-packed long weekend full of activities to help maintain your goals while living it up!

Day 1

Walk it off

Go for a long walk or a jog along the beach and up to Harford Pier. You will have to walk along Avila Beach Drive for a little bit, but you can branch off to Dog Beach and Fisherman’s beach along the way. Downtown Avila to Harford Pier is about 1.5 miles one way.

Stop at one of the restaurants (like Fat Cat’s or Mersea’s) for a quick bite or a drink before heading back! When you’re finished, don’t be afraid to take a quick dip and a swim back at Avila Beach.

Day 2

Paddle away

Kayak and/or paddleboard with Avila Beach Paddle Sports! For the more adventurous paddler, ask owner Vincent Shay about paddling over to the lighthouse or to the Avila Sea Caves. If you’re looking for a longer excursion, call ahead to inquire about half or full day guided trips.

Day 3

Peddle and play

Head to Landing Passage and rent a bike from Wally’s before hitting the Bob Jones Trail. Also called the “City to the Sea” trail, this hike and bike is about a 5.5 mile out and back (2.8 one way). Pick up the trailhead on the northeast corner of Avila Beach and San Juan Street (catty-corner from the aquarium). Stop for a quick bite and/or a glass of wine along the way at the Woodstone Marketplace.

Day 4

Take a Hike

The Pecho Coast Trail is about a 90-minute, medium difficulty hike that takes you from Port San Luis over to the Lighthouse. Since the hike is on private property, it’s docent-lead on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Registration is generally required, but if you show up at the meeting place (Fisherman’s Memorial) and the hike isn’t fully booked they will gladly let you come along. Be sure to bring $5 for the Lighthouse tour when you get there. For a longer, more strenuous hike, head out on the first Monday of any month to do the longer Rattlesnake Canyon hike.

Day 5

Hit the waves

You can’t spend time on the west coast without trying your hand at surfing. While Avila Beach won’t garner the largest of tubes, it’s bay-protected waters make it the perfect place for learning! The Van Curaza Surf School is located right in the heart of Avila Beach. Van’s school is especially helpful for young learners or the hopelessly uncoordinated. (Don’t worry – if you’re already an experienced surfer, Pismo is just a hop, skip and a jump down the coast.)

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