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Central Coast Sailing Charters

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Address: Harford Pier, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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+1 805-540-4667
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours


CENTRAL COAST SAILING CHARTERS and AVILA BEACH WHALE WATCHING. Semi private small group boat tours, If you are here for a vacation or a local looking for something new to do that the whole family can enjoy, what could be better than sailing together on a beautiful 44 ft yacht. All of our trips are semi private with no more than 6 passengers onboard! Come on out and enjoy the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and the sparkling water all around as you learn to steer a real ocean going yacht through the waves!

Wildlife viewing nature interpretive sailing tours are departing daily from the Harford Pier near Avila Beach California. From July through the end of September we have some of the best whale watching available on the California coast.

Private tours,whale watching and sailing lessons are all available at reasonable prices

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Captain Mark is knowledgeable and treats his guest like royalty. We had an amazing time on his afternoon trip. With only 6 guest captain mark was able to honor everyone's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Walnut Creek, California
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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Mark is knowledgeable and treats his guest like royalty. We had an amazing time on his afternoon trip. With only 6 guest captain mark was able to honor everyone's wishes for the tour. We went by the sea caves and then out to look for whales. We found a large pod of dolphin and sat watching them for @... More 

Thank KJR33235
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The whales were to far off shore but we came across 3-400 dolphins. Amazing experience. Mark was great. Will go again!

Thank Carl E
Ventura, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My group went on an afternoon whale watch sailing with Captain Mark. Unfortunately at $90 per person and not seeing any wildlife we were naturally disappointed. I recommend a warm day cruise for Grey or Humpback whales. Avoid windy days too. Captain Mark was nice but we only had a windy sail, not a wildlife watch.

Thank 1Scooter
Mark K, Owner at Central Coast Sailing Charters, responded to this review

Hi 1Scooter, I am sorry that you did not have have an amazing experience! I strive to make every sail memorable and wonderful but sometimes the whales just do not show up. I thank you for this review and will take steps to make sure that folks in the future understand that there is always a possibility of not seeing... More 

Emeryville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Everyone of us have had the dream of sailing the open sea, spreading her wings, cutting through the the rolls of the salty open ocean. Captain Mark can make that dream happen for you. You choose, to be passenger or crew, but whichever, you will not forget this adventure. In his beautiful 50' sailboat you can find yourself sitting at... More 

Thank ctyoung
Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Central Coast Sailing Charters was a great referral that we got from the friendly folks at Avila Beach Paddlesports. When my wife spoke to Mark, the owner of CCSC, about setting up a sailing trip for the next day, he was flexible enough to work everything out for us. When we arrived, he was already there, on time and prepared... More 

Thank DRPerko
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Thank you captain Mark for exceeding all expectations. Your fun, easy going and insightful sail boat experience was the highlight of our trip to the central coast. Seeing the humpback whales was the icing on the cake. Best excursion I've had in California. Definitely worth every penny!

Thank Mark G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

My husband and I booked a morning trip with Captain Mark in early November, just expecting to take in the view of the lovely Central CA coast from the water and see some local marine life. What we didn't expect to find was the amazing Captain Mark! He was so knowledgable and passionate about his "job" and willing to do... More 

Thank Carolyn M
Shell Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This may have possibly been when of the best days of my life, I am still smiling from ear to ear and I will take this experience with me for the rest of my life.

Thank ahwatt1
San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

I booked an afternoon for my wife's birthday based on a very positive recommendation from a friend. We were not disappointed in the slightest. Captain Mark runs a very safe sailing operation and and his knowledge of local history and marine biology is amazing. We and another group of four requested to see some whales and Captain Mark didn't disappoint.... More 

Thank Deantup
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Captain Mark today took us on a most memorable sail where we saw more humpback whales than you can imagine. Great food and drinks were plentiful.

Thank swedtex

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