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Avila Bay and Avila Beach
California

Avila Bay is a natural harbor improved with a long breakwater. Development is limited to three piers and the small town of Avila Beach. Because it faces south and is sheltered by the Irish Hills Avila Bay is often considerably warmer and less foggy than Morro Bay or Pismo Beach.

Avila Beach is my favorite California beach town - not as big as Santa Cruz, not tacky like Pismo Beach. It has an interesting history. The first long-distance oil pipeline was built in 1902 from the Kern county oil fields to the Union Oil Pier in Avila Bay. Storage tanks were located on the hill above town, and leaked slowly for almost a century. In the 1990's most of the old town was razed, the oil-soaked sand excavated and trucked away, then the town rebuilt!

Avila Beach Official Visitor Guide
Wikipedia: Avila Beach, California

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Front Street in Avila Beach

Front Street in Avila Beach

In the 1990's most of the town of Avila Beach was razed so that the oil-contaminated sand on which it was built could be removed. The town was rebuilt to look much the same as before.

Avila Beach, California

Date photographed: April 14, 2016

Avila Beach

Avila Beach

The town of Avila Beach, a classic California beach town on the crescent of sand in San Luis Bay. Its sheltered location makes the water slightly warmer than average for this stretch of coast, and with less fog.

Avila Beach, California

Date photographed: April 14, 2016

Avila Beach Pier

Avila Beach Pier

Avila Beach Pier, owned by the harbor district, is closed pending major repairs. When the pier started swaying under the load of whale-watching crowds it was determined that many of the 775 pilings were rotten.

Avila Beach, California

Date photographed: April 14, 2016

Fishermen's Memorial at Port San Luis

Fishermen's Memorial at Port San Luis

A fountain commemorates fishermen lost at sea.

Port San Luis on Avila Bay, California

Date photographed: September 19, 2015
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Harford Pier in Avila Bay

Harford Pier in Avila Bay

The Harford Pier is one of three in Avila Bay, along with the Avila Beach municipal pier and the Col Poly (formerly Union Oil) Pier.

Port San Luis on Avila Bay, California

Date photographed: April 27, 2008
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Harford Pier at Avila Beach

Harford Pier at Avila Beach

The Harford Pier is the oldest of the three long piers in San Luis Bay. The present pier was built in 1919. Petroleum shipments from the San Joaquin Valley began from here in 1910, but were later relocated to the middle pier.

Port San Luis, California

Date photographed: April 14, 2016

End of the Harford Pier

End of the Harford Pier

Harford Pier was built for deep water shipping of local agricultural products. It is now a center of tourism on San Luis bay.

Port San Luis, California

Date photographed: April 14, 2016

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