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    Avila Beach to Shell Beach

    Avila Beach, California

    Avila Beach to Shell Beach

    Avila Beach to Shell Beach Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "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."

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    Trail Information

    Avila Beach
    Nearby City
    1-4 miles
    Easy to Difficult
    Skill Level
    More beach landing possibilities at low tide.
    Tidal Information
    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.
    USGS Port San Luis and Pismo Beach (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18704 (, which cuts off in the south less than 0.1 mile north of the landing cove
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