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Recent Central Coast reviews

  • Perfect House For a Beach Retreat

    "Loved the Dolphin house! It was just what we were looking for! Awesome views, beach to ourselves, comfortable home. Town was not as far away as some reviews made it sound. We headed in one night to grab Sushi to go - maybe a 10 minute drive. We saw maybe 6 people on the beach all weekend. Yes it is 166 steps down to the beach but if our 4 year old can do it so can you! Very short drive to Capitola so do a little shopping before grabbing lunch. We will definitely be back!"
    Guest: Lisa S. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 22, 2014
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  • Perfect for a quiet, relaxing get away ...

    "We (three adults) stayed at this home for 6 nights during the second week of October 2014. The first thing we noticed was how quiet and private the home is. The patio was perfect for lounging. The living room has large windows that overlook the large, central patio and we found after arriving that the large windows are actually sliding doors that open - a nice option for bringing the outdoors in. The bedrooms are not large but the beds are very comfortable. Two of the bedrooms have queen beds with doors that open onto patios, one opens onto the central patio the other to a small, private patio. The third bedroom has twin beds which you must walk through to access one of the queen bedrooms but there is a hallway between the two bedrooms with a full bath off that hallway and a door that closes to the hallway so the set up works well for privacy during the night. The second bath also has a walk in shower which is nice if you are traveling with someone who cannot negotiate a bath tub. The only sound you hear during the night is the faint sound of the ocean which makes for a very peaceful sleep. The beach is a short walk from the house, and town, although not terribly close, is walkable. We walked to town in less than 20 minutes at a mild pace. The house is, however, very walkable to the Mission Ranch if you are inclined to dine or drink there. The kitchen is well appointed for cooking and there is a counter with bar stools that overlooks the kitchen which is nice for visiting while one cooks. As to suggestions for improvement - these are so minor I almost feel bad about mentioning them: 1. a wooden cutting board for the kitchen, the ceramic cutting board was awkward; and 2. a good knife for cutting vegetables. All of the knives have a serrated edge. That said, we loved our stay at this property and have already booked a return visit. A perfect stay. Thank you to proprietor Sean for sharing this wonderful home."
    Guest: Allyson Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 18, 2014
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  • Fabulous stay

    "My three weeks in the Ojai Guest House was even better than I could have imagined. I didn't want to leave. I was there writing, taking hikes along the trails that start right near the house, walking into downtown (5 mins) for coffee or groceries, and often, driving down to Faria Beach (25 mins) to watch the sunset. The cottage (clean, fresh and very attractively set up) has just what you need…nice linens and towels, comfy bed with a new mattress, lovely little garden/patio, kitchen basics… The owners live right next door and were very friendly and helpful but never intrusive. I'm already looking forward to going back."
    Guest: Eleanor S. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 9, 2014
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  • Nice Cottage

    "Very convenient location, home was clean, owner was responsive, aquarium passes were great. My family had a nice time in Pacific Grove and this beach cottage was a nice place to stay."
    Guest: Jack R. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 11, 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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