Exploring California’s Central Coast can bring you much more than just quaint towns and stunning scenery; it can take you on an immersive wellness road trip! From yoga to massages, paddle boarding to organic cocktails, there is something for everyone’s mind, body, and soul along the Central Coast.
Monterey Bay Region
Visiting Monterey region, just a short drive from the hustle & bustle of the Bay Area, can reset your mind, body, and spirit! The picturesque beach towns are the perfect place to relax and escape for the weekend. In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the hotels and inns encourage their guests to practice mindfulness in order to provide a more fulfilling getaway. Several times a year, world-renowned leader Rich Fernandez facilitates Mindful-by-the-Sea retreats for an impactful and restorative experience.
If you are looking to stay a little more inland, visit the region’s beautiful wine country. While there, you can immerse yourself in vines, wines, and much more. Folktale Winery hosts Yoga in the Vines series, a unique way to follow your practice on Saturday mornings. This 90-minute class is taught in the Rose Vineyard, followed by a complimentary glass of Folktale Wine in their Wine Garden.
San Luis Obispo Region
If you are looking to slow down and relax, the San Luis Obispo region is the place to go. San Luis Obispo is known for being the happiest city in America, but is also a very healthy one. Once there, you will discover many opportunities for healing, relaxation, and achieving peace of mind. Annie Laurie Whole Body Therapy provides massages in a relaxing and eco-friendly sanctuary near downtown SLO. Your therapeutic massage will leave you feeling rejuvenated, restored and filled with an essence of blissful wellbeing.
Nestled in the woods of pristine Avila Valley lies another relaxing and refreshing experience. Sycamore Springs Resort & Spa is a popular retreat destination, particularly for couples and girlfriend getaways. The natural mineral springs throughout the 100-acre property provide water for over 20 heated mineral hot tubs, open to resort guests and the public. Drawing on the natural healing power of nature, a dip in the hot tubs or the exclusive Oasis waterfall will nurture your body.
Santa Barbara Region
A little further south is the charming region of Santa Barbara, with no lack of beaches, shopping centers, or palm trees. Beyond the well-known tourist destinations, there are many hidden gems to discover. Salt Cave Santa Barbara is the largest underground crystal salt cave in North America. The founder, Pam McCaskey, wanted to unveil the healing powers of Himalayan salt and create a welcoming place that emphasizes holistic health. Offering services, such as salt massages, this unique destination is a cave of health benefit wonders!
If you are hoping to feel healthy from the inside out, make sure to visit the newly-opened Oliver’s of Montecito. This vegan restaurant was created by Executive Chef Craig Riker, and strives to provide a fine dining experience through creativity, innovation, and an abundance of care. Plus, with minimally processed, plant-based cuisine that is made using locally sourced organic ingredients, you can feel good about eating here! Treat yourself and wind down at the in-house full bar for a handcrafted organic cocktail.
End your wellness road trip in the lovely Ventura Region. Walking along the waterfront promenade cleanses your mind, body and soul. Visitors to the seaside enclave of Ventura Harbor Village breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the myriad of options to promote health and wellness all year long.
Ventura Boat Rentals, a family owned and operated company, allow visitors to get on the water with ease, offering electric boats, pedal boats, surf bikes, and kayaks for rent by the hour. You can rent a SUP for a fantastic core and arm workout, while immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the water. Another popular on-the-water activity is yoga on a stand up paddleboard, a perfect way to be healthy and have fun with the entire family (even the dog, if you want!). Finish off the day with a healthy – but delicious – treat at Coastal Cone. Enjoy a Dole Whip that is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and only 80 calories per serving. Have peace of mind and experience no guilt when indulging in their refreshing offerings.
California’s Central Coast consists of:
VENTURA REGION: Ventura County, Camarillo, Conejo Valley, Heritage Valley, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley
SANTA BARBARA REGION: Santa Barbara County, Buellton, Carpinteria Valley, Goleta, Lompoc Valley, Los Olivos, Santa Maria Valley, Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley
SAN LUIS OBISPO REGION: San Luis Obispo County, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Cambria, Cayucos, Grover Beach, Harmony, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Simeon
MONTEREY BAY REGION: Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, Carmel, Gilroy, Hollister, San Benito
About Central Coast Tourism Council
The Central Coast Tourism Council (CCTC) is a non-profit organization comprised of Destination Management Organizations (DMOs; Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, etc.) throughout the California Central Coast. Comprised of tourism and hospitality professionals, the mission of CCTC is to jointly promote the entire California Central Coast as a destination. The four regions that comprise California’s Central Coast include Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. The CCTC also serves as the Central Coast’s voice in Sacramento, and as a partner with Visit California’s global marketing and advertising campaigns.