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PRICE RANGE KEY

PLACES TO STAY
$= less than $80 per night
$$= $80-$150 per night
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WINE & FOOD
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THINGS TO DO
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BEACHES AND PARKS IN THE CENTRAL COAST

The Central Coast isn’t just one coast but many. That’s because you’ll find both busy beaches popular for surfing, volleyball, and just hanging out to wild and pristine areas where you’ll spot sea otters, elephant seals, and even whales. There are graceful, towering sand dunes to climb and protected bays, harbors, and coves popular for kayaking and fishing.  You can hike into and explore redwood forests with graceful waterfalls. Explore the Channel Islands Harbor or for the ultimate natural escape head out to Channel Islands National Park for camping beneath the stars. For information about a particular city, click on the Visitor Assistance links.

California Central Coast Beaches and Parks Listings

Largest ancient coast redwoods forest south of San Francisco.
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
Year 'round whale watching aboard the high speed catamaran - the CONDOR Express.
Cruising the Channel Islands for education, recreation and research since 1968.
Visit this incredibly scenic waterfall, which flows year-round.
Visit the most extensively restored mission in California.
Rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal streams, canyons, and hiking.
Scenic beach with its famous natural bridge and Monarch Grove.
Pajaro Dunes Resort situated on Monterey Bay offers beachfront vacation rentals.
Camping, hiking, rock climbing, and caving among these dramatic rock formations.
Pismo Beach is classic California, a perfect little cozy beachside community.
Outstanding sightseeing - this area contains headlands, coves and rolling meadow
Ventura Harbor, where visitors can relax in a sun kissed oceanfront playground.
Through education, conservation, science, and stewardship, these special swaths of ocean provide protection to extraordinary natural and cultural resources.