Avila Beach in Central Coast California

Originally posted in October 2010

Phoenix to Avila Beach

We took two days to get to Avila Beach. Towing through California isn’t easy!!! Small gas stations and parking lots with limited entry and exit points were challenging. We made it here with a drive time of over 12 hours. We made too many stops. This time we are traveling with Max our dog We stopped in Banning for the night. Banning is located on the outskirts of Los Angeles.  The KOA was nice and very rural.


We got in the car early in the morning to get through Los Angeles before the traffic. We made good time and made it to Buellton around noon. We stopped at our favorite restaurant Pea Andersons. We were craving their Monte Cristo sandwich and famous pea soup. The fog was really thick on the way up so we couldn’t see much of the ocean. As we entered Buellton the sun came out.


We arrived at Avila Beach at around 2 pm. We unhooked the trailer. The KOA is pretty empty and we have all the spaces around us to ourselves.  We went on a bike ride to the beach. The path is paved and starts right behind the KOA. It is a 30-minute ride to the beach. Lexi played and Max slept very well when we got back.

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