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PLACES TO STAY
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WINE & FOOD
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OUTDOOR RECREATION IN THE CENTRAL COAST

If you love the outdoors, the question on the Central Coast isn’t what you’ll do but how you will find time to do it all. There’s surf fishing and scuba diving, mountain biking and horseback riding. Birders flock here to check off another species on their life lists while wildlife lovers know that the Central Coast is one of the best spots to view marine mammals anywhere in the world. The rugged inland mountains of Los Padres National Forest let backpackers escape for days at a time while day hikers can set out on coastal trails to search for spring wildflowers. For information about a particular city, click on the Visitor Assistance links.

California Central Coast Outdoor Recreation Listings

Largest ancient coast redwoods forest south of San Francisco.
Host to a huge variety of plants & animals and more than 100 historic shipwrecks
Guided Sea Cave Kayaking and Kelp Forest Snorkeling adventures at the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary in Southern California.
Southern California's #1 Sportfishing destination. Fishing the Channel Islands.
Located within walking distance to the downtown historic Pacific Grove.
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.
Rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal streams, canyons, and hiking.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was named the #1 Aquarium in the U. S.
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
Your Host to the Central Coast. Unique tours, activities and special events.
Wild horse sanctuary offers tours, retreats, photo safaris, & volunteer programs
Ventura Harbor, where visitors can relax in a sun kissed oceanfront playground.
Choose Your Adventure. Book your Morro Bay sportfishing, private charter, or whale watching trip today.
Through education, conservation, science, and stewardship, these special swaths of ocean provide protection to extraordinary natural and cultural resources.