The small harbor of Port San Luis is located adjacent to Avila Beach, a quintessential California beach town. It is also the closest harbor to our home port of Morro Bay, at a distance of just under 20 nm. Our schedule suddenly opened up on July 5th, since the 4th was on a Wednesday this year, and it broke up our usual weekly list of things to get done—we’re still preparing the boat for cruising and adding to our kitty. The biggest draw is the weather, Avila is much warmer than the summer fog of Morro Bay. 65 degrees in Morro Bay equals 90ish in Avila.
We had an uneventful downhill sail on a beautiful day, enjoying the rugged coast line of Montana de Oro, Point Buchon and being careful to stay off Diablo Canyon Nuclear power plant by at least a mile. The dogs settled in nicely, as the seas were fairly calm for the area. It was about a 4 hour trip, arriving well before the sun set.
We decided to anchor instead of moor, to save the $17/day for the guest moorings, and also to enjoy the quiet solitude of being further out from port. After staying there a few days and shuttling the dogs in our dinghy, I think we’ll pay the mooring fee next time. Continue reading “On the Hook in Port San Luis”