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Recent Central Coast reviews

  • Mermaid Enchantment!

    "We had the time of our lives! Imagine a family wedding, the 4th of July, and Mermaid Cottage! This is a recipe for pure joy! We came from as far as Boston, and San Francisco, and found a true paradise in a well stocked, and comfortable home. Mermaid cottage has every amenity possible, kayaks, boogie boards, lots of fun water toys, generous heaps of towels, comfortable beds, and linens. The kitchen is filled with lovely dishes, and cooking utensils. We had lots of dedicated cooks who loved working together there. We had the rehearsal dinner on the 4th of July there, and had no problem serving 40 + guests on the patio. Our guests were thrilled to be right on the beach within view of visiting dolphins, and an occasional sea lion. The interior of the cottage is filled with enchanting art objects. We were constantly discovering and enjoying another unique mermaid treasure. It's hard to imagine, a beach home that brings together convenience, elegance, and comfort. But that Truly describes Mermaid Cottage. We are already booked, and anticipating another magical summer stay with our family. Thank you for all of your help in making this a memorable time for our bride and groom and entire family! See you next year!"
    Guest: The Boston Bunch Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 27, 2014
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  • A perfect week of fun and relaxation on the coast!

    "We really enjoyed our stay on Chestnut Street! We actually could walk to everything; shops, restaurants, beaches. Even our teenagers loved climbing the cool rocks and exploring tide pools on the shore. The house was amazingly clean, the beds were are as comfortable as everyone says, and it is SO CUTE! LOVED the fluffy towels and soaps provided. Very nice not to have to buy all the essentials right away, including laundry soap, spices and condiments. Special touches that make this place very guest friendly. We even had a spontaneous reunion with friends who live a couple hours away that we haven't seen in 15 years. We used the grill and had everything we needed to comfortably seat 10 adults and teens, plus little ones. The teens had a blast walking to the wax museum (who knew?!) and the kiddos loved the Dennis the Menace park just over in Monterey, where the Aquarium is a must see also. The Red House and Fandangos were lovely lunch and dinner "dates" for me and my husband (and a reasonable walking distance from our location), while the kids ordered pizza and played games at the house. Such a nice neighborhood! We loved this charming, comfortable home in this peaceful little town on the peninsula, and would definitely stay here again. We especially appreciated our host being flexible and willing accommodate our shifting travel plans. What a special vacation!"
    Guest: Denette L. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 22, 2015
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  • Great location!

    "This was a great location and the owner Steve was very nice. I would recommend this rental to all my friends, your not going to find a better deal and a nicer person, Additionally, Steve set us up with a driver for the wineries which made our trip even better."
    Guest: Nicholas T. Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 13, 2015
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  • Perfect Birthday

    "My boys and I loved our stay in your beautiful home. Everything was perfect, as described and we loved having a personal time together in a comfortable setting. My son, the chef, loved the kitchen and barbque. I loved the firepit table for an intimate discussion of what we wanted to do next year and what we were thankful for. The older son loved the proximity of Starbucks, groceries etc. We all agreed it was a part feck setting for us. Directions and instructions were well done and easy to follow."
    Guest: Lively Grandmother Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 30, 2014
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Central Coast Travel Tips

The Central Coast of California spans for hundreds of miles between Monterey Bay and Point Mugu, from just northwest of Los Angeles County and south of San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is credited with discovering the Central Coast following his landing in Santa Barbara County in 1542 after sailing from the south. America's first motel is located in San Louis Obispo and you can catch a glimpse of the rugged California shore when you travel through the coastal communities of Big Sur, Morro Bay and San Simeon.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is home to Natural Bridges State Beach, redwood forests and a moderate climate. The city was settled in 1791 and chartered in 1866 after the Mexican-American War when California became a state. An earthquake destroyed much of the city's downtown buildings in 1989. Since reconstruction, downtown Santa Cruz has become a bustling center for shopping, dining and attractions.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a popular maritime destination for visitors. The boardwalk's Neptune Kingdom features mini golf, an arcade, pool tables and laser tag. There are boardwalk rides for everyone in the family including the Giant Dipper and Bulgy the Whale - in fact, more than 60 million people have gone on the Giant Dipper roller coaster that opened in 1924. Another favorite attraction on the boardwalk is the 1911 Looff Carousel. This National Historic Landmark is a hand-carved merry-go-round that boasts a Ruth and Sohn band organ as well as a Wurlitzer 146.

Natural Bridges State Beach is famous for its natural bridge as well as ideal conditions for migratory whale, otter and seal watching. When you visit the beach you'll see sea stars, crabs and other ocean life during low tide. Also in the park is a large area of wildflowers that blossom in the spring, and Moore Creek creates freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. Natural Bridges State Beach is also home to the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve - during the winter months, up to 100,000 monarchs find refuge here.

Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove can be found between Point Pinos and Monterey. It's often referred to as one of America's last hometowns and known for its Victorian homes. There's a massive annual migration of monarch butterflies that makes its way through the city each year.

Asilomar State Beach is located on the Monterey Peninsula. Visitors to the beach can access coastal trails and the nearby Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve. Asilomar State Beach is a one-mile strip of sandy shores and rocky coves with a ¾-mile walking trail. All marine animals and features at the beach are protected. There's a boardwalk at the beach that houses a number of buildings and halls, including a cafe for you to enjoy a cup of coffee and a gift shop to pick up a book to sit by the water and read.

[http://www.pointpinoslighthouse.org/ The Point Pinos Lighthouse] was lit in 1855 and remains a Coast Guard navigational aid today, making it the oldest active lighthouse in the state. The first lighthouse keep at Point Pinos was Charles Layton and after he died in 1855, Charlotte Layton became the first female lighthouse keeper on the West Coast. When you visit Point Pinos Lighthouse you can take a tour of the historic site and learn more about what is was like for lighthouse keepers who were in charge of ensuring the light was lit as well as the lighthouse's progression through history.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a top destination in the U.S. and nestled above a white-sand beach. Everything in the city is within walking distance so you won't have any trouble navigating the streets to find hundreds of shops, restaurants, wine tastings and art galleries.

[http://aquariumofthebay.org The Monterey Bay Aquarium] sees nearly 2 million visitors each year. There are more than 600 species of animals on display, and thanks to its location near the water, the aquarium can enjoy a high circulation of fresh ocean water. There's a massive tank for viewing California coastal marine life which is also the first in the world to grow live California giant kelp. Sea life at the aquarium includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters as well as bluefin and yellowfin tuna. The penguins in the Splash Zone exhibit are a favorite among families visiting the aquarium and the zone houses African Black-Footed penguins.

Point Lobos State Reserve features Cypress forest, hidden coves, beaches and overlooks where you can catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. At Point Lobos you'll find one of the richest underwater habitats in the world, making it a favorite spot among divers. However, seals, sea lions and sea otters can be found swimming through the waters here, too. Scuba and free diving are popular activities among visitors to the reserve. Other favorite things to do at Point Lobos include sightseeing, photography and jogging. There are unique geological formations and endangered archeological sites that you won't see anywhere else.

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