This century route is all about endurance, but features plenty of fun stops to keep things interesting. After a ride south from Cambria down the coast, you’ll hit a brief incline right before it’s time to stop for activities. There is a lot to see and do in Avila Beach, so head out early and take advantage of the delicious eateries, historic monuments, and local gems around every corner.
NOTE: There is a small unpaved section of the route near See Canyon, but not enough to need special tires or other accommodations.
Points of Interest
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Point San Luis Lighthouse1 Lighthouse Rd.
Avila Beach, CA 93424
Reimer’s Candies Gifts & Ice Cream
Reimer’s features over 80 varieties of sinfully smooth and rich chocolates and a large selection of candies, including licorice, chews, sours, and famous peanut brittle. When you enter the ice cream shop, you will notice the aroma of fresh, homemade waffle cones, ready for a scoop or two of more than two dozen flavors made in-house. Locally grown wild blackberries, peaches, nuts, and fresh cream make Reimer’s ice creams and sherbets magical!
Ocean Grill Avila Beach
Just steps from the sand, Ocean Grill Avila Beach offers pristine ocean views paired with the best of California coastal cuisine. It’s the perfect place to stop for lunch in the middle of a long ride.
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Point San Luis Lighthouse is one of the best-kept secrets on the Central Coast, a hidden gem outside of Avila Beach. It was established in 1890, operated until the mid-seventies, and was fully restored to museum quality in 1995. Today, the Lighthouse offers docent-led tours starting with a van ride from Wild Cherry Canyon in Avila to the Lighthouse. Tours are every Wednesday and Saturday. Take a brief detour from your route for a closer look at this monument.
Central Coast Aquarium
The Central Coast Aquarium invites visitors to get up close and personal with marine life. You can engage with amazing animals and learn about their local habitats and ecosystems. Take a docent-led tour or explore on your own.
Bob Jones Trail
The Bob Jones Bike Trail is a well-paved county-maintained bike and walking trail also known as the City to the Sea Trail. The trail starts across the street from the parking lot on Ontario Road, right off Highway 101, and ends in downtown Avila Beach. You’ll ride on part of the trail with this route.
Avila Beach & Pier
Avila Beach Pier is 1,685 feet long and is intended for tourist strolling as well as recreational fishing. It extends out from the center of the actual beach of Avila Beach and is surrounded by beach goers most months of the year. Stroll along the beach or out onto the pier for some great views of the Pacific.
Avila Hot Springs
Avila Hot Springs’ source of mineral water is a geothermal spring emanating from deep within the earth’s mantle. It’s brought to the surface by their artesian well, which allows the water to flow up without pumping at about 130-135 degrees, where it is cooled with a little fresh water to about 104 degrees in their hot pool. The flow of this natural spring has remained constant for over 100 years. Stop in and take a relaxing dip.