Avila Beach Hawaiian-Style

Hula Hut in Avila BeachThe theme this Summer has been “Stay-cation” for our little Central Coast Family. Since we are lucky enough to live where many people vacation we are playing backyard tourists and enjoying all that the Central Coast has to offer within 20 minutes of our doorstep.

One of our absolute favorite day-off activities is to pack up the car and head to Avila Beach for the day. It’s been my go-to beach since I was a child. Being a Central Coast native we considered this our “locals only” beach as it was a secret compared to the well-known Pismo Beach. It was our sleepy little getaway beach with not much more to offer in the way of dining but Fat Cat’s in the heart of Old Port and The Old Custom House. Greasy hot dogs and shaved ice could be found on the summertime carts.

Since then the town has changed a bit with the Unocal clean-up a decade ago and the addition of a few new trends like wine bars, coffee shops and more upscale retail. While not all may agree that the changes have all been improvements, I think the sleepy feel of the beach is the same and there have been some definite bonuses — and the Hula Hut is definitely one of them.

Hula Hut
Phone (805) 627-0488
380 Front Street
Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Owned by long-time Avila Beach business-man Bill Price, this cafe and boutique has a little bit of everything. Featuring yummy breakfast and lunch options like breakfast burritos and egg sandwiches or scrumptious sliced turkey on fresh croissant with veggies and all the fixin’s. Featuring Doc Burnstein’s ice cream and a host of yummy baked goods and sweets, plus a great little coffee bar this eatery has a bit of something for everyone. Order at the bar and then browse their decidedly un-touristy gift shop or find a sidewalk table perfect for enjoying the sunshine or  doing a little people-watching.

Right across from the beach on Front Street this is a great spot to stop and refuel if you’re walking the Bob Jones Trail or picking up a picnic to go for your spot on the sand! Hula on down to the Hula Hut and taste for yourself!

Ashlea Boyer

Ashlea Boyer: Is a native of Pismo Beach, having moved here from South Lake Tahoe when she was just four years old. An Alumni of Arroyo Grande High School, she then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in English Literature. After college, she spent 5 successful years working her way up to Management Editor of a national fitness magazine in Southern California, working for two of the three largest West Coast publishing houses. Ashlea return to the Central Coast for her wedding and stayed raise her family. She joined the family business in 2004 and began leading the Pismo Beach Homes Team with her Mother, Kathi Foster in real estate. Ashlea has been a leading real estate agent in the Pismo Beach area for 10 years, and has developed a strong client following in the area based on her dedication to our community and outstanding customer service. Our team, The Pismo Beach Homes Team, has been awarded the Quadruple Gold level awards consistently over the past 5 years with Keller Williams Realty. She has been named more than once as the "Agent of the Quarter". In 2011, Ashlea was presented with the "Top 20 Under 40" award by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for my professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. Ashlea lives in Arroyo Grande, California with her husband and son and she enjoy running on the beach, volunteering, pilates, snowboarding and the occasional scuba diving. She's active in many industry, community service and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and other community non-profit organizations. 

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