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Dear Media Professional,
Welcome to California's scenic and fascinating Central Coast region. We appreciate your interest in the California Central Coast Tourism Council (CCTC) and our favorite part of California - the Central Coast, “The Original Road Trip”. CCTC and its member organizations welcome the opportunity to work with the media to enhance public awareness of the unique destinations and warm hospitality that awaits visitors throughout California's Central Coast region. Stretching along a spectacular 300-mile area of unspoiled coast from Ventura County (just north of Los Angeles), to Santa Cruz County (just south of San Francisco), the Central Coast features activities and experiences available nowhere else.

Come with us and step back into time at historic Hearst Castle; discover the mysterious undersea world of Monterey Bay at the fascinating Monterey Bay Aquarium; experience the new National Steinbeck Center with its innovative exhibits that preserve and interpret the literary legacy created by John Steinbeck; thrill to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's entertainment in the style of a bygone era; explore unspoiled beaches and the nearby breathtaking offshore Channel Islands; enjoy a visit to Solvang, where the cuisine, architecture and shops "transports you" to the "Danish Capital of America",  visit the surreal rock remains of an ancient volcano at Pinnacles National Monument, or treat your senses to one of many special events such as the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival. 

Experience some of the many award winning wines at area tasting rooms, or visit our unique shops and bring home a Central Coast treasure. The Central Coast region offers a wide variety of quality accommodations and restaurants to suit virtually any taste or budget. Come visit California's Central Coast region, it's the perfect place to play and to stay!

Best Regards,
Jane Howard
President, California Central Coast Tourism Council

What the Central Coast Offers (FAQs)

Regional Destination Promotion - Attractions - Wineries - Hotels, Spas, Motels, Resorts - Sight-Seeing - Watchable Wildlife - Shopping - Restaurants.

Gateway Airports - Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Main Highways - Scenic Highway 1 and Highway 101 run north to south through our region.

Description - The Central Coast region of California includes more than 500 kilometers of pristine coastline stretching from just north of Los Angeles, to just south of San Francisco. The Channel Islands, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Hearst Castle, National Steinbeck Center, historic California Missions, historic amusement parks, Big Sur, scenic coast Highway 1, home of The POriginal Road Trip, the 17-Mile Drive, wine tasting at our 200 wineries, fabulous dining experiences, beautiful lakes, hiking and bicycle trails, a wide variety of golf courses, all this and much more awaits visitors to our unhurried, relaxed and safe region of California.

The Central Coast is divided into four Regions for ease of exploration: The Channel Islands Region includes the cities in Ventura County; The Santa Barbara Region includes the cities in Santa Barbara County; The San Luis Obispo Region includes the cities in San Luis Obispo County; The Monterey Bay Region includes the counties of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz.

Weather - Mediterranean climate. Excellent weather year round. Autumn and Spring months are very pleasant. Competitive lodging prices are likely to be found in these attractive Autumn and Spring months.

Contract service fees are negotiable depending upon experience and availability.

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