Where to Camp in Southern California: Avila Beach

Port San Luis RV campground is a great place to RV camp on the Central Coast. Small, quiet and right on the shore. You can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, excellent restaurants and relaxation in a dog friendly environment. Most of these activities are a short walk from your rig. Miles of biking trails, mineral spas, world-class wineries and shopping are a short drive away. Watch the sea lions, otters and pelicans play or maybe jump on a whale watching trip. Join a half day fishing charter from the pier outside your RV door or buy fresh seafood just taken off the boats. Play a round of golf at one of the beautiful local courses. There is something for everyone at Port San Luis RV campground.


This campground is RV only. Sorry, no tents allowed. Spots are on a first-come basis. There are no reservations. Full hookups are available in 10 spots and the rest are dry camping only. Fires are allowed in off-the-ground enclosed fire pits but not in overflow. Nobi Point is my top recommendation as it is right on the beach. The Woodyard turnout is across the small street but has amazing views as well. Both are dry camping. Babe Lane has full hookups. As of the time of writing this there is a camp host, otherwise you would pay at the Self Pay Station. When you pull in, just park directly in any open spot you choose then go pay. This place is not cheap though. Rates are $67 for full hookups and $52 for dry.    

Port San Luis RV Park: http://www.portsanluis.com/2163/RV-Camping



Patriot Sportfishing on the Port San Luis Pier offers fishing and whale watching trips. Kayaking and kayak fishing can be enjoyed throughout the bay. Paddle boards and kayaks can be rented from Avila Beach Paddlesports. You can swim in the calm waters in front of the campground. Walk along miles of beach or ride your bike along the miles of trails. Head down to Oceano Dunes and rent an ATV or dune buggy to ride on the sand dunes. Schedule a horseback ride on the beach. Go shopping at the little shops in Avila and Pismo or hit the outlet mall. Best of all, enjoy an amazing sunset from your campsite.            

Arnie’s ATV Rentals:  http://www.arniesatvrentals.com  

Horse back on the beach:  http://www.pismosandsbeachclub.com/beach-horseback-riding         

Luv 2 Camp Trailer Rentals: http://luv2camp.com/pismo-beach-rv-trailer-rentals                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Walk over to Fat Cats Cafe for a great breakfast and lunch. Enjoy fresh seafood on the pier at the Olde Port Inn Restaurant. Head over to Pismo Beach for the best cinnamon rolls you ever had at Old West Cinnamon Rolls. Try McClintock’s for great steaks, and of course have the best clam chowder in the world at  Splash Cafe. Just want to enjoy dinner at camp, then walk out to Old Port Fish Market on the pier for some fresh fish or crab. 


Nearby Campgrounds

Don’t have an RV? Try North Beach Campground or have an RV set up for you at Oceano Dunes. Avila/Pismo KOA offers camping for RVs only. Avila Hot Springs has nice little cabin rentals. Pismo Coast Village RV Resort offers plenty of things to do for the whole family. Lake Lopez is not far away and offers nice lake camping.


Wine tasting along the Avila Wine Trail is hard to beat. Located beneath the hills of Port San Luis and the Avila Lighthouse, the area is home to several family owned and operated wineries. Alapay Cellars, Avila Wine Company, and Silver Horse Wines, just to name a few. Many have tasting rooms in the oceanfront downtown of Avila Beach. There are several companies in the area that offer tour bus trips to the local wineries. Grab a bottle of Cabernet to enjoy with the steak you grill at camp.

So if are looking for a quick getaway at a quiet and beautiful spot, try Avila Beach. There is something for everyone and it is not like every other place you have been.

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