Spanish-inspired central California coastal pad

Avila La Fonda Hotel, Avila Beach

Avila Beach

Great room

Pirate's Cove

Spa room

Avila Bay

A relaxing stay at an elegant, TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award-winning hotel just steps from the beach - includes breakfast, welcome treats and other thoughtful perks

California or Mexico? Land or sea? If you can’t bear to choose, don’t. Simply head to this coastal property that gives you a bit of everything. Avila La Fonda Hotel plants south-of-the-border aesthetics right in the heart of San Luis Obispo County, a few blocks from the Bob Jones Trail and less than one block from the bay. When not hanging around the Saltillo-tiled common area, by the massive rock fireplace, you’ll be out and about, on a hike or a whale-watching tour.
 
If you haven’t tried sea kayaking or Avila Beach golfing (a lot like regular golfing, just with sweeping ocean views), now’s the time. Classes in the former are available through a popular provider in nearby Shell Beach, while there’s a par-71 golf course within a three-minute drive. Sport fishing and trolley touring aren’t far, either. And if you haven’t tried the delicious pie from Avila Valley Barn, you’ll have no trouble fitting in a tasting. In fact, there’s one at the hotel every night, following the afternoon Mexican chip-and-salsa bar and evening Cali-wine reception.

Good to know

This property is adults-only, and guests must be over the age of 21 to stay here.

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Sitting on the coast, between San Francisco and L.A., Avila Beach is a perfect destination for exploring the outdoors, sipping on wine and soaking up the sun. You’ll have plenty to see and do during your visit, thanks to the local dining scene and proximity to the Bob Jones Trail, Hearst Castle, the Avila Beach Farmers Market, the Avila Beach Golf Resort, the Cave Landing hiking trail and the Port San Luis Lighthouse. You can also take surf lessons, visit one of the many nearby wineries, play a round of golf, kayak the Pacific or go sport fishing.

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