Avila Beach piers:
●Avila Beach Pier This 1,685-foot-long pier that extends out from the beach is for pedestrians only. Recreational fishing is permitted.
●Harford Pier In Port San Luis, (805) 550‐3347. This 1878 wood working pier is a great spot to hang for a while and watch the fishing boats unload and perhaps see a few pelicans up close with their own catch. A few fresh fish markets sell high quality local seafood and fish that is hand-filleted on the spot and packed to go. Though it is an enjoyable walk, you can also drive on the pier and even park at the end for a meal at Olde Port Inn.
Olde Port Inn At end of pier, (805) 595-2515. 14 L Sat-Sun, D daily; $$$. Dining here includes a drive down the vintage wood Harford Pier and free parking. Arrive early to allow time to explore the pier itself. Good water views are available from both dining rooms, but only one has the famous tables with windows in the center that allow viewing right through the wharf to the water below. Note that you won’t be seeing into the water periscope-style. Instead the view is from above the water, but if you’re lucky you might see a seal go by. Though the menu is simple, some of the preparations are not. I enjoyed a cup of white clam chowder and a fresh Dungeness crab salad with mustard-vinaigrette dressing while my dining partner slurped up the house specialty cioppino. On my next visit, I plan to try the Dungeness crab cakes, fried fish, and housemade peach cobbler. Amazingly, corkage is complimentary, so do some wine tasting and bring along a favorite discovery.
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