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New Avila Beach campground opening soon, locals expect boost in business

Courtesy: Rachel Showalter
The Flying Flags campground has been in the making for years and is now just about six weeks away from its soft opening.

A new campground is nearing completion on Babe Lane in Avila Beach and local businesses are expecting to see a boost in customers when it opens.

The Flying Flags campground has been in the making for years and is now just about six weeks away from its soft opening.

Port San Luis Harbor Manager Andrea Lueker said this means some sites will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but the phased construction of more sites will continue over the next few months.

Avila Beach already has some coastal RV camping but Lueker said this new campground is meant to be inclusive of all types of stays. It features RV sites, cabins and tent sites all overlooking the ocean and Avila Beach.

“The potential is a much better access to coastal accommodations for everybody, not just people that have RVs,” Lueker said.

She said the local economy will definitely see a boost as the campground begins to welcome visitors. Lueker said it will have amenities like a clubhouse and pool that the Harbor District hasn’t had in the past.

“I think we’ll certainly see more folks,” Lueker said. “I think it will be very popular.”

A representative of Fat Cats Cafe in Avila Beach told KCBX News that the restaurant is excited for the campground’s opening and staff are preparing for a big boom in business.

The Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach is also expecting to see more visitors over the coming months.

Lueker said some people have expressed concern about the added infrastructure and possible traffic that could come with the campground, but there hasn’t been an outpouring of negative reactions to the site.

She said the Harbor District has been generally happy to partner with the project developers to bring Flying Flags to Avila Beach.

“It’s a big deal and it’s a big project,” Lueker said. “So I think it’s going to be regionally significant, if not statewide.”

Highway West Vacations operates the Flying Flags campground and has another location in Buellton. The company runs other campgrounds and boutique hotels across California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Oregon.

Visitors can make reservations online now at the Flying Flags campground for trips starting October 1.

Rachel Showalter first joined KCBX as an intern from Cal Poly in 2017. During her time in college, she anchored and reported for Mustang News at Cal Poly's radio station, KCPR. After graduating, she took her first job as a Producer at KSBY-TV. She returned to the KCBX team in October 2020, reporting daily for KCBX News until she moved to the Pacific Northwest in July of 2022. Rachel spends her off-days climbing rocks, cooking artichokes and fighting crosswords with friends.
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