Northern California - Central Coast (Chapter)
This is the Central Coast chapter from Lonely Planet’s Northern 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.
- screaming your head off aboard the Giant Dipper on the beach boardwalk, then learning to surf in Santa Cruz
- cruising Hwy 1, where the sky touches the sea, along the rocky coastline of mystical Big Sur
- being mesmerized by aquatic denizens of the ‘indoor ocean’ at the kid-friendly aquarium in Monterey
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: 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, Highway 101, Gilroy, San Juan Bautista, Salinas, Pinnacles National Park, Mission San Antonio De Padua, San Miguel, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach.
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