The Inn at Avila Beach

the sea life

Lions, Bears, and Whales. Oh myyy!


Who needs to go all the way to the Monterey Bay Aquarium when you can uncover sea life on your own right here in Avila Beach.

Starting with the loudest creatures of them all… Avila’s own harbor seals. These huge, and most of the time, lazy creatures can always be found under and on the Hartford Pier, often barking at one another, or sleeping on top of one another.

Our favorite: the giants of the ocean– whales! In the migration and feeding months, whales are often spotting roaming Avila’s shallow waters. Scientists don’t know if these mammals are lost on their paths up and down the coast, or if they are simply exploring the Avila Bay. Every year in July and August, a pod of Humpback whales visit Avila and play in Avila’s harbor. (Don’t believe us? YouTube some videos!) Then December through March, you can spot grey whales catching their krill right in front of the Inn!


Dolphins are also one of the many water inhabitants that can be spotted in front of the Inn. These curious creatures often search for their tasty food right around the pier.

Bring your binoculars, grab a cold one, and see what you can uncover. Take that Monterey!