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What to do in Avila beach?

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What to do in Avila beach?

We're going to be staying here for several weeks and I wanted to know what there is to do around here. The only thing I could find is the Avila Hot Springs and since Ive never been to a hot spring, I don't exactly know what that is. What is it? Have any ideas of what to do?

Can I ride bikes? Is there a Redbox or other place to rent movies?

Since we'll be staying here for a while, where is the nearest grocery store? I'm looking for one that is a chain such as Safeway or fry's. because I'm more familiar with those.

Any suggestions would be great!

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1. Re: What to do in Avila beach?

Avila is a small place with a nice beach and a few restaurants and shops. Not a ton going on right there, but it is great for relaxing, walking on the beach, etc. Also good for bike rides and walks.

You will probably want to go to Pismo Beach or San Luis Obispo for groceries - both towns are not far - SLO is larger, so you will probably find you'll do most of your shopping there. SLO also has a farmers market on Thursday evenings.

At the hot springs, there are spring-fed hot tubs that you can use and they also have a full spa, so you can have massages, pedicures, etc.

Other things to do in the area - in SLO you can visit the mission, the Santa Ynez valley isn't far for wineries, there is the beach, of course. Hearst Castle is about an hour or so away - up the coast at the beginning of Big Sur which is spectacular.

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2. Re: What to do in Avila beach?

There's a whole lot more to the area than just Avila Beach. This area has several beaches, wine tasting regions, hiking trails, kayaking, etc.

Avila Hot Springs is actually a swimming pool that has water from nearby hot springs pumped into it. It's popular with kids of all ages. Another hot springs experience would be the private hot tubs at Sycamore Mineral Springs just off Avila Beach Drive on the way to Avila Beach. These tubs are situated on a wooded hillside and charge by the hour. http://www.sycamoresprings.com/relax/

Pismo Beach is minutes away with its long stretch of sandy beach, funky downtown that ends at the pier and an outlet mall. You can also rent ATV's and ride the dunes just south of Pismo at the Oceano Dunes Recreational Vehicle Area. http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1207

If you're concerned about driving yourself in the dunes, you can hire a local Hummer ride: http://www.pacificadventuretours.com/

You can rent bikes in Pismo Beach and ride the Bob Jones Bike Trail which meanders through Avila Valley:

www.wheelfunrentals.com/listlocations/154

avilabeachpier.com/information/bob-jones-bik…

For shopping: San Luis Obispo (15 minutes north of Avila) has a wonderful downtown with a historical California mission and lots of great shops/eateries. The area has a seasonal creek that flows behind the shops on Higuera Street and there are outdoor seating areas where you can sit with food from one of the nearby eateries.

The Village of Arroyo Grande (just south of Pismo Beach) is a western themed village with quaint shops and a lovely park behind the south side shops with gazebo and swinging bridge.

Outlaying areas: Edna Valley. East of Pismo Beach via Price Canyon Road (Hinds Ave off-ramp from Highway 101, left turn from stop) lies this area's pretty wine country with several tasting rooms, deli's and pleasant views. My favorite is the Edna Valley Winery off Biddle Ranch Road. Not so much for the wine, but for the views. The tasting room's windows overlook the vineyards out toward a dormant volcano. If you're not a wine drinker, you can still visit the winery and browse the gift shop there.

Another budding wine region is located up in Paso Robles (approx. a 40 minute drive from Avila Beach), which literally has hundreds of tasting rooms spread out over miles of oak studded hillsides.

Hiking: Montana de Oro State Park has several trails & tide pools. One of the trails leads out to a bluff overlooking the ocean that has been carved out by the force of waves crashing against them. Beautiful! About 30 minutes from Avila via Los Osos Valley Road in southern San Luis Obispo.

slostateparks.com/montana_de_oro/default.asp

Morro Bay is a quaint fishing village with lots of embarcadero shops sitting above the harbor. It's a very peaceful place to reflect and enjoy views of Morro Rock. You can also rent kayaks here and paddle along the back bay estuary, which is a bird sanctuary.

Cambria: Lovely coastal town nestled in a pine forest with quaint shops/eateries and a lovely shoreline with wooden pathway. 1 hour north of Avila.

www.cambriachamber.org/

Hearst Castle. 10 minutes north of Cambria

www.hearstcastle.org/

Elephant seal rookery @ Piedras Blancas

beachcalifornia.com/beach/piedras-blancas-ca…

You could even do a day trip up to Big Sur, if that interests you. Big Sur is wild and wonderful coastline. The drive is an elevated one with lots of twists and turns in the road with awesome views around every corner. You could go as far as Nepenthe/Phoenix Shop before turning back.

Or... a day trip down to Santa Barbara or Solvang (Solvang is a Danish Village catering to tourism)

As you can see, there are lots of things you can do while in the area. The above list is just a few of them.

There are no major grocery stores in small Avila Beach. However, there is a Vons (Same as Safeway) in nearby Grover Beach or Scolari's (local grocer) in Pismo Beach. Scolari's is located off Highway 101 south at the Five Cities Drive exit. Turn left at the exit light and continue 1/4 mile. Store will be on the right. Vons can be accessed via Highway 101 south to the Oak Park Blvd exit. Left at the stop toward Oak Park Blvd, right turn at AJ Spurs Steak House to Grand Ave. Cross Grand Ave. First driveway on the right is into the Vons parking lot.

Hope I haven't overwhelmed you!

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3. Re: What to do in Avila beach?

I was thinking of Sycamore Springs :)

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4. Re: What to do in Avila beach?

Great! Thank you!

But what about movies? We're avid movie watchers.

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5. Re: What to do in Avila beach?

If you do go to Sycamore Springs, there is a great restaurant there called Gardens of Avila. In downtown SLO, Novo is also very good for a meal. We loved the downtown area of SLO, very charming and quaint. :)

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6. Re: What to do in Avila beach?

The Vons in Grover Beach has movie boxes you can rent from. Not sure of the company at the west entrance, but the one at the east entrance is a Blockbuster movie rental box.

If memory serves me right, there might be a Redbox rental at Walmart in Arroyo Grande.

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7. Re: What to do in Avila beach?

The Vons in Grover Beach is really nice, we were there to buy a birthday cake and some flowers last Jan. when we were staying in Shell Beach @ The Cliffs Resort. :)

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