Coastal California - Central Coast (Chapter)
This is the Central Coast chapter from Lonely Planet’s Coastal California guidebook.
Too often forgotten or dismissed as ‘flyover’ country between San Francisco and LA, this fairy-tale stretch of California coast is packed with wild Pacific beaches, misty redwood forests where hot springs hide, and rolling golden hills of vineyards and fields.
- scream your head off aboard the Giant Dipper on the beach boardwalk, then learn to surf in Santa Cruz
- cruise Hwy 1, where the sky touches the sea, along the rocky coastline of fairytale Big Sur
- restaurants and accommodations
- soak up the chic atmosphere of whitewashed, red-tiled Santa Barbara before making your Wine Country escape
Coverage includes: Along Highway 1, Santa Cruz & around, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Point Piedras Blancas, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Montaña de Oro State Park, Along Highway 101, Gilroy, San Juan Bautista, Salinas, Pinnacles National Monument, Mission San Antonio de Padua, San Miguel, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, La Purísima Mission State Historic Park, Santa Barbara Wine Country, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands National Park and Ventura.
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