Avila Beach to Shell Beach

Avila Beach, California

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Within a mile of Avila’s gentle, sandy-beach launch, the cliffs, coves, and caves begin. While such features are often reserved for more advanced paddlers, those around Fossil Point are tucked in a relatively protected location, and it is not very far back to Avila if the wind comes up in your face. In calm conditions this is a great stretch for intermediates looking to gain some coastal paddling experience and for beginners with an experienced paddler in the lead to get an introduction to the sometimes challenging realities that make coastal touring so interesting. Beyond Pirates Cove, not quite the halfway point, exposure increases, along with your level of commitment.
Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

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Sea Kayaking in Central & Northern California

by Roger Schumann (Falcon Guides)

Within a mile of Avila’s gentle, sandy-beach launch, the cliffs, coves, and caves begin. While such features are often reserved for more advanced paddlers, those around Fossil
Point are tucked in a relatively protected location, and it is not very far back to Avila if the wind comes up in your face.

In calm conditions this is a great stretch for intermediates looking to gain some coastal paddling experience and for beginners with an experienced paddler in the lead to get an introduction to the sometimes challenging realities that
make coastal touring so interesting. Beyond Pirates Cove, not quite the halfway point, exposure increases, along with your level of commitment.

© 2013 Roger Schumann /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Avila Beach
Distance: 1-4 miles
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Tidal Information: More beach landing possibilities at low tide.
Hazards/Cautions: Offshore wind, surf, rocks, fog, and seal haul outs. This is a downwind trip with ever-increasing exposure, so turning around may not be possible if the wind comes up.
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Port San Luis and Pismo Beach (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18704 (charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18704.shtml), which cuts off in the south less than 0.1 mile north of the landing cove
Driving Directions: Directions to Avila Beach to Shell Beach

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