With its gentle hills in the background and its plaza lined with palm trees at the water's edge, Avila Beach looks like a picture postcard. It is located in a protected bay on the coast of central California. Thus, the slopes block the wind and create a microclimate of sun and gentle sea breeze. Seals, otters and dolphins also come to enjoy this protected environment. This wide sandy beach is appreciated for its expanse and its relatively gentle waves are ideal for learning to practice surfing. Other activities are also possible such as fishing, paddle, bodyboard, kayaking and sailing. In addition, Avila Beach is well suited because it has well-maintained toilets, a playground and a picnic area.