Details for Port San Luis Harbor

Port San Luis Harbor

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Average rating 2.5 stars from 4 reviews

Address 3950 Avila Beach Drive, PO Box 249
Avila Beach, CA 93424


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager


Steve Mcgrath


Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: No docks at all.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: There are no slips.


Transient: 15
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Moorings for vessels up to 50 feet are available by contacting the Port San Luis Water Taxi at 805-595-7895 or VHF channel 16 or 12. The cost is $15.00 per night, 2015.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available at the working dock, fuel location, and loading dock.

Dinghy access

Yes - Tie up to the south side of the Harford pier and climb the 30 foot ladder. There is a dock for loading and unloading only.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service

Yes - If you are on a mooring ball there is a free water taxi.

Pump out

Yes - At the working dock.


Yes - At the tackle shop on the pier.


Yes - Any dumpster you can find.


Yes - 3 public unisex showers. $1 for 5 minutes. No adjustment of temperature. 2015


Yes - Public


Yes - 3 washers and 3 dryers. $2 per wash. $2 per dry. Change machine in the laundry room.


Yes - In Avila. Thursday through Sunday take the free trolley to Pismo factory stores and there is a market close by.



Yes - Olde Port Inn on Harford pier. Fat Cats at the head of Harford pier. Many in Avila 1.5 mile walk.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - There is no chandlery. All parts must be shipped in.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Boat lift with 1000# limit. Another lift with 10000# limit. The boat yard has a lift for larger boats.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Small store on the pier, Patriot Sportfishing.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability



Yes - Free trolley Thursday through Sunday.

Other services


Reviews for Port San Luis Harbor
We got fuel and took a mooring ball for the last night., 2015-08-30
Captain: , Brookings, OR (647)

We spent a week in the anchorage and the last day we went over and filled up on fuel and caught a mooring ball for the night. The cost was $15 for the night. It includes free water taxi and as we had already stowed the dingy and motor this was easier to do. The next morning we left going south.

Filling up was and experience. You must tie up to the posts of the pier and against some mussel covered tires floating in the water. The crunching of the mussels really bothered me. After you are tied up you call the number listed. The persons that come are in charge of the beaches from here to Avila beach. After they show up they will send down a hose for fueling up. This hose has a commercial nozzle. I was planning to fill up my jerry jugs but the nozzle would no fit in. They will turn down the pressure for you if requested. The foaming was a lot and came out the vent. You will not be able to see how much fuel has been pumped so it helps if someone on the pier calls out the gallons or knows how much you need.

The mooring balls are out next to the break wall. The swells from the boats going in and out of the harbor can be annoying. They have a big ball and a line tied to a smaller ball. Grab the smaller ball and either secure their line to your boat or as I did I secured their line to the boat and put my bridal onto the larger ball.

We made use of the water taxi to pay for the mooring and get a ride in so we could catch the trolly into Avila Beach. We had a parting glass of wine and caught the trolly back and got another water taxi ride back to the boat.

Tough Fuel Dock, 2011-10-09
Captain: , San Diego (180)

To get fuel you need to tie up to the left side of the Port San Luis Wharf (Hartford Pier) toward the end. This is not a dock, it is a pier that freighter type ships used to tie up too. Next to the old pilings is a log with old tires tied to it, and this is where you bring your boat along side for fuel. There are no cleats to tie to, so you have to wrap your lines around the pilings...if there is a lot of surge this is tough. You will see a ladder you must climb, that runs from just off the water to the top of the's a good distance up. When I was there the same person that operates the yard, mini-market, water taxi, and mooring rentals, also operates the fuel dock. Once you find the man in charge (hail him on 12/16), he will lower the fuel hose from the top of the pier down to your boat. After you're done fueling you pay him, and he reels the fuel hose back up.

Quick stopover, 2011-09-18
Captain: , Edmonton (150)

Stopped for one night, picked up buoy but without dinghy inflated stayed on boat, there is a water taxi apparently but quits at 4 pm. Buoy was a long way out so it would be a long ride in. Open to the S.

Fuel dock has LOTS of surge and NO floating dock!, 2011-02-23
Captain: , Alameda, CA (811)

This fuel dock has the worst surge of any dock we've ever used. You must tie up to old wooden creosote pilings which are only marginally protected by old tires. Until they add a substantial floating dock, other than in fuel emergencies, I would not recommend this location for any recreational vessel.

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