Avila Beach FAQs

Do I need a permit to have my wedding on the beach in Avila?

All wedding ceremonies held on Avila Beach require a permit be issued by the Port San Luis Harbor District. Please call 805-595-5400, extension 0 or visit the Harbor District's website for additional information: http://www.portsanluis.com/special-event-permits/ . . 

Can I reserve picnic tables at Avila Beach?

The picnic tables at Avila Beach are on a first come, first serve basis. There are 6 picnic tables on the beach and a few more in the Avila Beach Community Park.

Is there RV camping allowed in the Avila Beach area?

RV camping is allowed in the Port San Luis area. Spaces are on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are not available. The following rules apply: 14-day maximum stay; No tent camping available; Campfires are prohibited; All pets must be kept on leash; Excessive noise prohibited. For more information, visit www.portsanluis.com .

Do I need a fishing license?

A fishing license is not required when fishing from either the Avila Pier or Harford Pier. If you decide to do some surf fishing, however, you must obtain a fishing license. Various types of fishing licenses are available from either of the sportfishing offices.

Are dogs allowed on the beach?

Dogs are allowed on Avila Beach (leashed) before 10am and after 5pm. Dogs are not allowed on Avila Beach between the hours of 10am – 5pm. They are allowed all day/everyday (leashed) on the Olde Port beach, next to the Harford Pier.

Are vehicles allowed on the beach?

Vehicles are not allowed on Avila Beach. There is a launch ramp available at Olde Port Beach for loading and unloading boats only. Vehicles may not be left on the beach.

Are there firepits on the beach?

No fires are allowed on Avila Beach. Fire rings are available on Olde Port Beach on a first come, first serve basis. Treated wood, pallets or wood with nails are not allowed in the fire rings.

Does Avila Beach have a firework display on the 4th of July?

Avila Beach does not have a firework display. “Safe and sane” fireworks are not permitted on the beach. The closest 4th of July firework display is in Pismo Beach.



Featured Avila Beach Events & Things To do

Farmers Market 2017

Join us for Avila Beach Farmers' Market 14th season starting April 7, 2017, 4-8pm, and every Friday through September 29.

Stewardship Travel

Immerse yourself in our local marine life, coastal heritage and natural attractions when you plan your vacation.
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Avila Beach Bird Sanctuary & Wildlife Day

February 18, 2017 - Avila Beach’s 3rd annual special designation as an official California Bird Sanctuary.
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Chardonnay Symposium

May 4-6, 2017 - Join Chardonnay producers from around the world for an in-depth exploration of the world’s favorite grape!
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