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Awed By Avila Beach

Scattered among the indescribable landscape of California’s coast are an abundance of unique beach towns. Some you’ve heard of, like Santa Barbara and Big Sur. But others have stayed off the radar, avoided the throngs – and so when you find them it’s like discovering a jewel. That’s exactly how we felt about Avila Beach.

We stayed at an RV park just out of town and within walking distance of our first big find … Avila Valley Barn farm stand. This “farm stand” goes way beyond expectations. The pictures speak for themselves.

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Bob Jones Bike Trail One of our challenges when we pull off the road for a few days is finding a safe place to walk Buster. If he doesn’t get enough exercise, he’s antsy – and then no one’s happy. A short walk down the road resulted in our second big find … the Bob Jones Bike Trail. Leashed dogs are welcome on the paved path and waste stations and trash cans are available along the way. Following the the creek though the woods for three miles will bring you right to the corner of the city park – which is also pet friendly. Some dogs even bring their own chairs.

Dog in Park - Avila Beach, CA Avila Beach City Park

Even better, the city park leads directly to the city beach! Dogs are not allowed on this beach during the busiest time of the day (10am – 4pm), but just a short distance down the shore, in an undeveloped area, dogs played in the waves.

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Pier 3 is the end of the road – literally. Cliffs prevents any further travel north. Find a spot in the parking lot and head over to Pete’s for a bite to eat – your pooch is welcome to join you. When you’re finished, mosey over to the fish market on the commercial fishing pier because it doesn’t get any fresher than this … unless you catch it yourself! Here fishy, fishy, fishy.

Ty and Buster go fishing

Ty had a difficult time concentrating on the fishing, though. He was captivated by the barking coming from the water. Luckily, the sea lions found him significantly less interesting than he found them.

Ty looking for sea lions Sea lion takes a nap


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  • I grew up going to Aila Beach and now bring our teenage daughters every year it is. Special place! Now the dogs love it also!

  • Khoury Gwen says:

    Growing up in Morro Bay and spending many days at Avila Beach. It’s nice to see they still allow dogs and at convenient times too. I was on a three week camp trip with my two med. size Doodle dogs and had the pleasure of going back to Avlia. The dogs just loved it, the beach was clean and people friendly. Unfortunately things are changing in Ca. and a strict leash law is always in force seems like everywhere. So before you let your dog run make sure you know the rule of the beach or park your visiting.

  • LOVE IT!  i attempted to make this once…with utter failure.  i shall try once again, just because of your post. :)

  • Hi Y’all!

    I’d love to meet with that sea lion!  We could have a swimmin’ good time!  My Human assures me the sea lions will not have me for dinner like the alligator.  (Who is still hangin’ around by the way.)

    My Human says she enjoyed the trip to the store with you…she’d really like to do it in person. :)

    Are there any hotels that take 100 lb retrievers around there?

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • I am jellus of your beach day!! Talk about a perfect California beach!
    BTW – how on earth did that sea lion get up on that dock?! He must be quite the jumper!

    • You guys have some pretty great beaches there in Canada too, Karen! I’m not sure how that sea lion got up there. I was wondering if he didn’t get up there during high tide and then the water dropped. I don’t know how he would have been able to jump up and land on there!

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  • Roxanne Hawn says:

    Wow. It looks awesome. So jealous.

  • Beautiful photos. This looks like another post to file and put in my “to see” list.

  • I looooove Avila Beach. I work on the annual Frommer’s California guide, which gives me full rein to go to all these tiny little towns a lot of people have never heard of.

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