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Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles (320 km) south of San Francisco. The population was 1,627 at the 2010 census. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Avila Beach as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name.
San Luis Obispo (, Spanish: [san ˈlwis oˈβispo]) is a city in the U.S. state of California and San Luis Obispo County, 190 miles (310 km) north of Los Angeles and 230 miles (370 km) south of San Francisco on Southern California's Central Coast. The population was 45,119 at the 2010 census.Founded in 1772 by Spanish Franciscan Junípero Serra, San Luis Obispo is one of California's oldest European-founded communities. Serra's Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was named after the 13th-century saint and bishop Louis of Toulouse. The city, locally referred to as San Luis or SLO, is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County and is adjacent to California Polytechnic State University.
Morro Bay is unlike any other California seaside town. The walkable town has an active seaside fishing village and bustling waterfront Embarcadero filled with shops, art galleries and restaurants.