Fun, sun, and you in Avila Beach

At the end of a narrow canyon that leads to the ocean, you’ll find enchanting Avila Beach. Breathe in the fresh salt air as you unwind: an expansive stretch of glistening sand; a tiny, historic town; sparkling yachts in the harbor; pelicans and seagulls skimming the water; and a long, working fishing pier at the end of the road. Avila Beach is a wonderful place for a family vacation, including the dog, who is welcome at one of its many pet-friendly lodgings. Besides a captivating beach and inviting public play area, the Avila Sea Life Center lets visitors experience the ocean with hands-on programs. This charming little town has a 100-plus-year-old history as a shipping port and fishing pier. It’s still busy, and downtown, the tasting rooms are too, pouring locally produced, award-winning wines. Welcoming wineries wait moments away in Avila Valley, where the soothing, natural, mineral hot springs will help you relax and recharge.