Inspiring Peaceful Spots on California’s Central Coast

Let nature, beauty, and a little pampering turn your next California Central Coast trip into a relaxing and revitalizing escape. From meditative walks through pristine wilderness to lessons in mindfulness, you’ll find new ways to rebalance on the Central Coast.

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Cambria

Rediscover nature at the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. This gem of Cambria includes nearly 500 acres of forest, grasslands, riparian habitat, and soaring coastal bluffs. Hike, picnic, or bike here for the chance to spot California native wildlife. Sit quietly and let the natural world play out around you and you just might see a red-legged frog, great blue heron, or black-tailed deer. The preserve is free and open to all from dawn until dusk daily.

Serenity Swing, San Luis Obispo

The best seat in SLO is the Serenity Swing behind Poly Canyon at Cal Poly. Take a revitalizing hike to this solitary swing that offers the chance to rock, swing, or soar with the perfect view of Cuesta Grande, Cerro Romauldo, and the iconic rolling-hill landscape of San Luis Obispo.

Montana de Oro State Park, near Morro Bay

Named for the golden wildflowers that bloom in abundance here in spring, Montana de Oro (Mountain of Gold) State Park offers peaceful solitude. Discover uncrowded sand beaches, streams and canyons, and rugged cliffs with picture-perfect Pacific views. This is California’s Central Coast at its wildest and most unspoiled.

Ventana Big Sur, Big Sur

Sometimes peace and pampering go hand in hand. That’s the case at Ventana Big Sur, a resort, spa, and glamping destination that offers relaxed luxury set against one of the world’s most magnificent backdrops. Tucked into 160 acres of coast, the resort is built around the idea of private sanctuaries and interactive spaces. Daily led walks, yoga classes, and Japanese hot baths help sweat, stretch, and soothe out stress.

Sycamore Springs and Spa

Healing benefits sourced from nature is the focus at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Since the 19th century, this resort has been attracting guests with its commitment to creating a relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere. Its heated mineral water waterfall lagoon, hillside hot tub, and private guestroom tubs provide plenty of opportunities to soak your cares away.

Mindful-By-the-Sea, Carmel-By-the-Sea

Need some help tapping into a more mindful approach to life? Carmel-By-the-Sea can help. Its Mindful-by-the-Sea Beginner’s Guide introduces a variety of mindfulness practices to help you find more relaxation and well-being. Begin your rejuvenation with an unplugged escape to Carmel.