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Recent Central Coast reviews

  • Beautiful, spacious home in a fantastic location!

    "I wish I could give this home a 10 star rating! It's even more impressive than the pictures! The owner, Jill, was a delight to work with--communication was great and she was extremely warm and friendly when checking in. We cannot say enough about this home. The six beautifully decorated bedrooms, all with queen beds, allowed our grown children to have their own space, which they greatly appreciated. The dining room has a huge table with seating to easily accommodate 14 people, and the kitchen has everything you need to prepare a large meal. The living room/family room with large screen TV is another large gathering space where we were able to relax at the end of the day--all 12 of us, without sitting on top of each other. We also spent time on the beautiful brick patio, where you will find yet another large table, grilling some fresh fish on the barbecue. During the day, we walked to the wharf, strolled through the shops of the quaint downtown area of Santa Cruz, and ran along the ocean--never having to get in our cars. We enjoyed nightly fires in the firepit in the back yard--roasting marshmallows for s'mores. Our family time together is extremely important, since our children live in different parts of the U.S. I looked at many homes before deciding on Villa de las Palmas, and we all agreed this spacious home is why we had such a fantastic time. We are already talking about when we can return for another stay. I will also be recommending this home to our friends, as it is the perfect home for couples to vacation together. Thank you, Jill, for sharing your home with us!!"
    Guest: Pam W. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 14, 2014
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  • We had a blast. the home was comfortable....

    "Baby dear in the neighbors yard, dolphins playing in the bay, and the squid boats had the bay lit up like Christmas. My three teenagers couldn't stay away from Cannery row. Everything we wanted to do was walking distance. The home was comfortable for five adults, and the kitchen was big enough to prepare full meals. Having dinner with an ocean view was very cool. There are bay views from most windows. By the end of the week, it felt like home."
    Guest: WILLIAM M. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 1, 2014
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  • Our one month stay

    "Rating Details: The vacation rental was spotless. I was more than happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Overall our one month stay was very nice. For those of us actually living in a property like this, there were a few things that would have made it more comfortable. The lighting is not the best. Could have used a lamp behind the sofa and on both night stands. There is no light over the sink or the dining table. The kitchen sink is not divided which makes washing dishes a bit more of a challenge and there is no dishwasher. Which we didn't realize when we booked. Nicer patio chairs and a place to sit out back along with a barbecue would be nice."
    Guest: A guest from Buffalo, WY Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: April 9, 2015
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  • Magical Place To Stay

    "There is something about Karen's home that makes you instantly feel welcome. It's beautifully decorated with all the amenities you could want. We rented the house to celebrate our recent wedding and had friends and family in town from LA, NY, the UK and Hong Kong. Every single person commented on how beautiful the home was. We loved sitting out on the deck and taking in the views. There isn't a bad seat in the house and the kitchen is designed to entertain. All of us loved gathering together, eating and telling stories. A hotel never would have been able to accommodate us all. My biggest concern was my elderly mother being able to get around the house but it was incredibly handicapped friendly. With a bedroom on the main floor and a shower that comes equipped with a handheld hose, my mom had no trouble and was able to enjoy a rare weekend getaway. We were also able to bring our dog Stevie with us which as any dog lover knows is a big deal. Karen is an incredibly gracious host, making sure we had coffee and tea and blankets for outside. She was always very responsive when I had any questions as well. When we left my mom's oxygen tanks, she promptly contacted us and handled some other issues that came up with graciousness. I think the only downside to the entire weekend was that we had to leave. We are already talking with our friends about making this a yearly trip. If you book a stay at Karen's home you're in for a real treat."
    Guest: Hnella Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 25, 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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