Avila Hot Springs#8 in Best Things To Do in Pismo Beach
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Natural hot springs mark the entrance to Avila Beach, and lucky for travelers, the springs are open for day visitation. Let your worries melt away as you sink into the 104-degree water of the soaking pool at Avila Hot Springs. The soaking pool is two feet deep and heated by the mineral spring beneath the ground. The complex at Avila Hot Springs also offers massages, including Swedish, hot stone and deep tissue treatments.
If you're ready to cool off, take a dip in the public freshwater pool, which children love for its slides and water toys. There is a large viewing deck near the pool for parents to keep an eye on their children. If you'd rather cool off in the ocean, you can take the Bob Jones Bike Trail from the complex to Avila Beach, which is just 2 miles away.
There are also accommodation options at Avila Hot Springs if you want to stay within the complex. You can bed down in the on-site cabins or opt to rough it in a tent.
Avila Hot Springs, which is located 5 miles north of downtown Pismo Beach, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. An adult single-day pass will cost $12. For a reduced rate, consider swimming before noon or after 5 p.m., when admission costs $8. Children and seniors will pay $10, and spectators who don't want to swim can pay just $5. There are public restrooms, locker rooms with showers, and space for barbecues or picnics. There is some food available, but previous visitors warned not to expect anything fancy. They also noted the area can get crowded throughout the day and suggested visiting in the morning for a more peaceful experience. For more information, visit the official website.
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#1 Pismo State Beach and Pier
One of the main attractions in Pismo Beach is undoubtedly the pier. This 1,370-foot-long wooden structure stretches into the Pacific and acts as a community gathering point where visitors can fish, attend seasonal events or simply admire the views. Some of the pier's annual events include Pumpkins on the Pier and the Tree Lighting and Celebration, which kids are sure to enjoy.
Beyond the pier is Pismo State Beach, which stretches along the California coast for about 17 miles. In the beach area near the pier, you'll find many people trying their hands at water sports, including surfing. This area is a surfer's paradise and hosts the annual World Surf League's Pismo Beach Open in January and February. The pier is even lit up at night, so nighttime surfers can navigate the waves. If you'd like to rent surfboards or other equipment, you'll find multiple surf shops near the pier, including the popular Pismo Beach Surf Shop.
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