Avila is a city that almost didn't make it...
Now we've all heard about ghost towns in the desert or out on the plains, but a "beach city" dying? NAH!
Avila Beach (pronounced Ă-vuh-lah) sits on a natural harbor, San Luis Obispo Bay, and has been important for shipping from the establishment of the mission in San Luis Obispo.
When oil was discovered in the
region, Avila became the terminal for the shipping of petroleum
products. In the 1990's it was discovered that oil transport pipes
beneath Avila Beach had been leaking for decades.
It was finally decided that the city should be closed for several years while all the contaminated sand was removed and replaced with clean sand.
What you are greeted with today when visiting lovely beach city is a very fresh and welcoming city.
Avila is also a great place to stay during your Central California vacation or getaway. Check out this site for the best hotel deals in Avila.
County: San Luis Obispo
Population: 1,627 (2010)
Elevation: 55 ft.
Coordinates: 35.17891N, 120.73380W
Zip Code: 93424
Area Code: 805
City Government: Unincorporated
Piers: 3: Avila pier and Harford Pier are publicly accessible; the Cal Poly pier is private.
Several of the beaches here are dog-friendly, as are some of the businesses in town.
There are also places for RV camping.
In the summer the town hosts many concerts and festivals. There is a Farmer's Market if you'd like to sample the areas fresh produce and products.