California - Central Coast (Chapter)
This is the Central Coast chapter from Lonely Planet’s California guidebook.
This fairy-tale stretch of California coast is packed with wild Pacific beaches, misty redwood forests, and rolling hills of fertile vineyards and farm fields. Travel down Hwy 1, past lighthouses and soaring cliffs, or along Hwy 101, through California’s agricultural heartland.
- screaming your head off aboard the Giant Dipper on the beach boardwalk, then learning to surf in Santa Cruz (p)
- cruising Hwy 1, where the sky touches the sea, along the rocky coastline of mystical Big Sur (p)
- being mesmerized by aquatic denizens of the ‘indoor ocean’ at the kid-friendly aquarium (p) in Monterey
- restaurants & accommodation
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, Gilroy, San Juan Bautista, Salinas, Pinnacles National Park, Mission San Antonio De Padua, San Miguel, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, and Pismo Beach.
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