Sea Lions and Fish Markets on Port San Luis in Avila

This place is a hidden gem if you are not familiar with the area, I only heard about it by having friends who attended Cal Poly so they heard about it living up here. On the end of the Port of San Luis Pier there is a small set of stairs where you can get up close and personal with a lot of sea lions.

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  • Free
  • Heed the warnings as they can bite and don’t get too close
  • There is parking at the end of the pier

After driving to the Port of San Luis pier you can drive all the way out to the end where there are about 8 parking spots so it is worth checking there first, but it can fill up.

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After parking you will be looking for a small staircase on the right hand side with a white gate telling you the rules for dealing with the sea lions. All you have to do is go through the gate and you will see them.

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Sometimes there are a lot sometimes there aren’t but last time I was there, there was probably at least 30, you couldn’t even walk to the bottom of the stairs as there were so many. Here is a video of what I am talking about.

Here are some more photos of the awesome sea lions.

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Fish Shop

After you check out the sea lions proceed onwards towards the end of the pier and check out the fish shop for a ton of awesome fresh seafood you can buy to cook at home.

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There is everything from oysters to crab all in massive tanks so they stay fresh.

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There is also a restaurant at the end of the pier as well but I have not tried it so I cannot comment, I have been told it is good though.

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If you want to see the sea lions from far away you can also walk up and down the pier where you will see them lounging on the docks out in the water, however, the aforementioned spot is obviously a better place to view them.

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All in all this is a super fun place to take the family and interact with wildlife, just make sure to abide by the rules and not get to close to the sea lions. Check out the rest of the photos and leave a comment below.

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  • No problem, have fun!

  • Thanks for sharing your blog it looks awesome! I will be sure to browse it next time I head up to San Francisco!

  • Jinx

    Hey there Josh. My teen son and I are headed there soon from Virginia.I am thrilled to find your blog and am grateful to you for putting the Pacific Coast Highway info together. I have a feeling you will make our trip memorable beyond our dreams.

    • Thanks for the comment and be sure to let me know what your favorite spots were! PCH is amazing!

  • Bambi

    Did they fix it yet? I went last month and they blocked it off.

    • I’m not sure, I haven’t been in a while. Maybe someone in the comments can provide an update