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Recent Central Coast reviews

  • 10's Across the Board

    "We travel frequently, and this home was one of our all time favorite places to stay. The house is lovely with comfortable, well kept furnishings and an amazing pool and deck. We could have spent the whole week in the backyard swimming, admiring the flowers, and watching butterflies, hummingbirds and bunnies that visited. The kitchen and house had everything we needed for a week in Santa Barbara. The owners were so helpful when we got a little lost on the way, and seemed happy to answer any questions we had. We were there in high summer and were very comfortable without AC. Wish all rentals were this nice. Would love to stay here again one day."
    Guest: 4 from DC Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 24, 2014
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  • Peaceful beach retreat - walking distance to restaurants and market

    "We recently enjoyed a week long stay at this wonderful beach cottage and left wanting more. The yard and pond were lovely and tranquil, so much so we had to keep reminding ourselves that the beach was just down the road. The beach was conveniently located at the end of the street and all we had to do was bring our boogie boards. On that note, the semi private outdoor shower with hot and cold water was a nice touch after a day at the beach. The cottage itself had a very open and comfortable layout. The bedrooms had plenty of storage for our things and the beds were comfortable. We enjoyed walking to the local restaurants for dinner and the yogurt shop just a few blacks away. There's a lot to do in the area... our Son attended a surf camp for a couple of days at Mondos Beach (10 minutes away), and we had a great day trip to Santa Barbara. The owners were nice and great to work with; we're looking forward to booking again!"
    Guest: Robert & Cynthia Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014
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  • Wonderful location, very pleasant accommodations

    "This rental is perhaps even better than the photos posted on the web site and is everything that the description states. The views are truly incredible and nothing beats watching the sunsets from the bay window of the eating alcove or from the porch or sitting on the benches atop the cliff. The stairs are right there should you want to walk the beach. The place itself is light, neat and spacious with a welcoming feel. There are numerous venues for dining even within walking distance and a great gourmet provision store near by. Of course the main attraction is the awesome beauty of the Central Coast and this rental is very conveniently situated to allow you to launch on a discovery of the area: amazing Montana de Oro State Park, the dunes of Pismo Beach, the wineries of Paso Robles and energetic SLO. The owners have carefully compiled a dossier of suggestions for activities and dining options that proved very helpful. In conclusion we were extremely happy with our week long stay and would definitely recommend the property."
    Guest: Clemence J. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 19, 2014
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  • Family Reunion for Wedding

    "OK fine, I am still dreaming about the coffee cake. But I digress. Our nephew was getting married in Carmel and my three adult children wanted to have one house to share so we could all be together. Hacienda Serena was like walking into a cozy elegant family home with a view! No detail was overlooked for our comfort and the quiet was so welcome after the frenzy of all the details of getting kids in from out of state, airport runs, wedding participation, etc. We all wished we could have stayed longer just to enjoy the property and being together. It is a perfect location for all things Monterey and Carmel. And did I tell you about the coffee cake?"
    Guest: Sigrid S. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 18, 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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