Avila Beach. If you're not familiar (and let's face it, many people probably aren't since the town is home to a population of only about 1,627- thanks, Wikipedia, for that random fact), it is located on California's central coast- or as I like to say, the underrated space between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Avila Beach is a bit of a hidden town, a secret that seems to float among Californians. Last weekend, I visited for the first time. It was the most perfect day- the skies were just as blue as the water. My first impression, though, was that Avila Beach was ridiculously crowded for being such a small beach (so this is where all the young'uns from SLO county hang out). And you have to PAY for parking in most spots- why is this even a thing? I wonder if the person who invented paying for parking actually enjoys paying for parking? That aside, Avila Beach is a perfect little getaway for a day or even a few days. It's so alive, colorful, fresh, peaceful. Admittedly, though, not my favorite seaside town (she says after she just listed all the positive attributes) but still, definitely worth a visit if you're looking for a new place to unwind.