Avila Hot Springs


Posted: October 21, 2019

Category: California, View All

Avila Beach Drive
Avila Beach, California 93405
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Avila Hot Springs in California

Avila Hot Springs is located in the pristine Avila Beach area in the town of San Luis Obispo California. It is an oasis in the town that provides a relaxing getaway for people from the San Luis Obispo region and from all across California and other neighboring states. Avila Hot Springs is an attraction not to be missed if you happen to be visiting the picturesque and historic town of San Luis Obispo and is ideally suited for the entire family.

Avila Hot Pool Information

There is one hot pool at Avila Hot Springs that can comfortably accommodate more than ten people at any given time. The geothermal water for this hot pool is supplied by an underground hot spring brought to the surface by an artesian well. The water gets to ground level at over 130 degrees but is cooled by adding fresh water to approximately 104 degrees. Children younger than eight years old are not allowed to use the hot pool at Avila Hot Springs.

Avila Hot Springs Facilities

There are multiple options available for overnight accommodations on-site. You can rent one of the cabins that include a queen bed, two bunk beds, a fully equipped kitchen, and bathroom and comfortably sleeps, four people. Cabins also include cable television, a refrigerator, and a microwave. Avila Hot Springs also offers parking for RVs up to 25 feet in length and camping sites for a true outdoor experience. There are water slides and a pool available to everyone staying at Avila Hot Springs.


The hot springs were discovered accidentally in 1907 by drillers seeking to find oil. It has since been established as a natural mineral water attraction by the Budan family and is now a favorite getaway location for families who enjoy the charming waterslides and pools in addition to the thermal mineral pool at the facility. The Avila Beach region is traditionally a region known for its hot springs and was very popular in this regard in the mid to late 19th century among early Spanish and Mexican settlers and later celebrity and high net worth individuals who visited the area for the curative and healing experience provided by the minerals springs in the region.

Access and Usage Fees

To enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the hot springs, you can either choose just to purchase a day pass or stay overnight by renting RV space, tent space or a cabin. A day pass will give you full access to the swimming pool and the mineral pool. The cost for a full-day pass for an adult (16) and older is $12, children up to the age of 15 and senior citizens (55) and older pay $10. To rent an RV or tent site, the cost is $45 per night for two people, and each additional person up to 6 pays $10 per night. If you want to enjoy one of the well-appointed cabins, the night rate is $150 (Mondays and Thursdays), $125 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and $175 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays). Holiday rates for cabins start at $200.

Seasonal Access Information

Avila Hot Springs is a year-round destination so you can visit whenever it is best suited for you! It is recommended to pre-book cabins due to seasonal availability. The facility is typically busy on weekends and during the summer and is not as busy during weekdays.

Avila Hot Springs Directions

From San Obispo:
Traveling on Highway 101 South, take Exit 195 to Avila Beach Drive. Take a right turn at Avila Beach Drive and you will reach Avila Hot Springs in 0.2 miles.

From Pismo Beach:
Traveling on Highway 101 North, take Exit 195 to Avila Beach Drive, keep left on Avila Beach Drive and you will reach Avila Hot Springs in 0.3 miles.


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