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Few places in the world can rival the quality and diversity of the Central Coast’s activities and attractions. Its beaches range from sun-drenched favorites for surfing to wild and remote stretches ideal for long walks. With all of its state and national parks, the Central Coast lets you escape into natural areas for bicycling, hiking, bird watching, and fishing. The region offers world-class attractions, including Hearst Castle and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as beautiful hidden spots beloved by locals. Shoppers will find both quaint streets in historic downtowns lined by boutiques and galleries and big outlet centers where you’re guaranteed to find bargains.

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Come aboard this Beautiful Yacht and Cruise the tranquil waters of the Channel Islands Harbor!.
Asilomar Rustic Charm and Simple Elegance on the Tip of the Monterey Peninsula.
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce offers the most up-to-date travel information.
All-suite beach front hotel just steps from the sand in Avila Beach.
Largest ancient coast redwoods forest south of San Francisco.
Unique & Authentic Wine Tours since 1995. Public & Private w/fun wine education.
The Buellton Visitors Bureau is open 7 days a week for your convenience.
Stroll through the gardens, explore the massive root system of the Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and visit the gift shop.
Casually unique garden-themed property near beach, wineries, and Hearst Castle.
Experience what Carmel has to offer-the beach, food & wine, culture and more!
A splendid natural setting with small town charm.
A coastal gem located about an hour north of Los Angeles.
Host to a huge variety of plants & animals and more than 100 historic shipwrecks
Southern California's #1 Sportfishing destination. Fishing the Channel Islands.
Chumash Casino Resort is your wine country gaming destination!
Paso Robles has an authentic California experience to share with you.
San Luis Obispo - one central location; something for all tastes.
Located within walking distance to the downtown historic Pacific Grove.
Year 'round whale watching aboard the high speed catamaran - the CONDOR Express.
The only 4-Diamond, oceanfront resort in Pismo Beach with luxury suites.
El Colibri Boutique Hotel and Spa is all about comfort and style.
The only all-suite resort ON THE BEACH, 60 minutes northwest of Los Angeles.
Three days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, and live entertainment.
GWC promotes the community of Gilroy, known as the "Garlic Capital of the World"
Discover the premier wine region of Paso Robles aboard The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle.
Discover the premier wine regions of Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and Solvang aboard The Grapeline Wine Country Shuttle.
Historic House Museum and CA State Park unit.
Step back in time in Heritage Valley, along Highway 126 in rural Ventura County.
World famous steaks and seafood are the staples for the original Hitching Post.
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings & events.
Monterey's newest full service boutique hotel located in downtown Monterey.
New and hip On State St. near the beach, downtown, art zone and urban wine trail
Historic Charm, Contemporary Comfort. In the heart of beautiful downtown!
Cruising the Channel Islands for education, recreation and research since 1968.
Visit this incredibly scenic waterfall, which flows year-round.
An upscale, full Service hotel in wine country with restaurant, conference room
Specializing in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Methode Champenoise Sparkling Wines.
Lompoc - the City of Arts & Flowers
Visit the most extensively restored mission in California.
Located in downtown Ventura, the ninth of California's 21 missions.
Historic site in Carmel, with beautiful scenery.
Explore the wonders of the beautiful mission, over 200 years old.
The fifth mission, includes a public plaza built along San Luis Obispo Creek.
Queen of the Missions, offering self-guided tours daily.
Historical Mission, which commands a superb view of the Santa Ynez River Valley.
Rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal streams, canyons, and hiking.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was named the #1 Aquarium in the U. S.
Monterey County the greatest meeting of Land and Sea on the Pacific Coast of USA
Literary museum dedicated to Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.
Scenic beach with its famous natural bridge and Monarch Grove.
Casual yet classy. Artsy and eclectic. Romantic and rejuvenating.
The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau assists with visitor & meeting needs.
Pajaro Dunes Resort situated on Monterey Bay offers beachfront vacation rentals.
A historic Inn and Steakhouse located in the heart of Paso Robles wine country.
Camping, hiking, rock climbing, and caving among these dramatic rock formations.
Pismo Beach is classic California, a perfect little cozy beachside community.
Long white beaches, spectacular views and loads of activities.
Savings of Up To 65% at your Favorite Brand-Name Outlet Stores.
All-suite oceanfront family hotel set atop the bluffs in Pismo Beach.
Outstanding sightseeing - this area contains headlands, coves and rolling meadow
Refuge is America's 1st Co-ed Relaxation Spa
Your Host to the Central Coast. Unique tours, activities and special events.
Wild horse sanctuary offers tours, retreats, photo safaris, & volunteer programs
See towering redwood trees from two historic railroads.
A must-see attraction! Tour through Air Force One, view replica of Oval Office!
Experience the quintessential California vacation in Santa Cruz County!
The Santa Maria Valley boasts world-famous barbecue, agriculture and arts.
The Santa Paula Art Museum features rotating exhibits of art displayed in the beautifully restored Limoneira building in historic downtown Santa Paula.
Iconic Pismo Beach hotel with retro-chic design and amazing ocean views.
Resort on the Beach. Rooms have fireplaces and most a private balcony hot tub.
Ocean science lab: touch pools, exhibits, tours, world's largest whale skeleton.
Reward yourself with car-free, care free travel to San Luis Obispo!
Solvang features an authentic Danish village, windmills and Scandinavian dining.
A secluded, luxury boutique hotel in the heart of historic Santa Barbara.
Top Travel Rated Wine Tours Daily throughout Santa Barbara & Paso Robles
Luxury in Downtown Carmel with Ocean views and Breakfast buffet
Ventura Harbor, where visitors can relax in a sun kissed oceanfront playground.
The easiest and most convenient service to the airport form your home, hotel or office.
Ventura-A relaxed escape in a spectacular coastal setting.
Combining the riches of Camarillo, Oxnard & Ventura
Your travel guide to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.
Through education, conservation, science, and stewardship, these special swaths of ocean provide protection to extraordinary natural and cultural resources.
The Wildling Art Museum is dedicated to the art of America's wilderness.