Pleasant Avila Beach
"Sun, Surf, Sand"
Avila Beach is a smaller and quieter beach town on the California coast. Even though it is just a few minutes from Highway 101, it is overlooked by most travelers. That may be unfortunate for them, but good for the few who take the time to walk the quiet beach, get a view of the coast from the pier, or shop and eat in places along Front Street.
"Front Street Facelift"
Many or the buildings along Front Street are relatively new. This shop wall was getting a new mural. What else but an ocean scene?
Avila Pier is right out from Front Street. There is another beach, Harford Pier, just a little further east along the beach. Harford Pier, built in 1873, has pier fishing, seals to watch, and businesses to take cruise boats and buy fresh fish.
Less Populated Area of the Central Coast
We visited Avila Beach for the first time several days ago. The area is very quiet with just a few shops in the upscale downtown area, a few restaurants and very scenic beach.
The Pier area is very pretty, you can walk out on it, also. We just enjoyed relaxing on the beach here and taking in the gorgeous scenery.
"Downtown Avila Beach"
What a cool place! We enjoyed browsing through the shops and stopped at the little candy shop here and picked up some orange, strawberry and chocolate fudge. The Custom House is a well known restaurant in downtown Avila where we would like to try sometime.
The Central Coast's most serene beach.
"'Peace' of mind"
I love the peace and tranquility of this beach. I think this is the most beautiful and unspoiled beach on the Central Coast. The waves are mild. There is none of that nasty seaweed you get at other beaches. I hear the water is warmest here, (even though the Central Coast in general has pretty chilly ocean waters). This is a very nice, unpretentious, laidback beach. The waterfront has a few select restaurant, bars and shops. This is totally a place to relax and enjoy paradise!
"Pretty Pier as well"