Central Coast California, USA

Central Coast California, USA

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Where to stay around Central Coast California, US?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 4,590 vacation rentals near Central Coast California. From 2,715 houses to 471 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Central Coast California for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Central Coast California?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Central Coast California. From VRBO travelers, the top 5 most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Los Angeles: 5,641 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara: 935 vacation rentals
  • Malibu: 2,132 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 625 vacation rentals
  • Monterey: 721 vacation rentals

And VRBO offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Central Coast California! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Central Coast California?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Central Coast California:

  • Los Angeles: 5,641 rentals
  • Santa Barbara: 935 rentals
  • Malibu: 2,132 rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 625 rentals
  • Monterey: 721 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Central Coast California?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Central Coast California are:

  • Oxnard - Ventura County Airport (OXR): 482 vacation rentals
  • Point Mugu NAS (NTD): 466 vacation rentals
  • Mineta San José International Airport (SJC): 677 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Central Coast California?

VRBO offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Central Coast California. From VRBO travelers, the top 5 most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Carmel Beach: 731 rentals
  • Capitola Beach: 785 rentals
  • Rio Del Mar Beach: 783 rentals
  • Zuma Beach: 754 rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 769 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Central Coast California listed on VRBO where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Live the California Dream in Central Coast Houses

California's Central Coast is a picturesque transition from Northern California's quiet coves to Southern California's busy beaches. Stretching more than 300 miles, the Central Coast is filled with friendly, fun and historic small cities. You'll find a variety of houses, cottages and condos here with conveniences like non-smoking spaces, parking access and high-speed Internet. With all that there is to do on the Central Coast, choosing comfortable lodging is smart.

Follow the Mission Trail

Historic El Camino Real runs through the Central Coast, and trailing the missions gives you a captivating view of local history and towns. You'll see missions like Carmel-by-the-Sea's jewel, known for incredible bell towers and colorful gardens. In San Luis Obispo, the mission plaza is the heart of a vibrant downtown. Santa Barbara boasts the “queen of the missions,” filled with notable art. In all, 11 missions dot the Central Coast.

Life's a Beach on the Central Coast

Area beaches offer plenty of entertainment and recreation options. In Pacific Grove, vivid sunsets enliven Asilomar Beach, and its connecting trail leads you alongside lively tide pools to historic Cannery Row. Farther south, Pismo Beach offers quirky art, a fun beach and nearby dunes. Keep going south, and you'll find stellar surfing at Refugio Beach, beach volleyball in Santa Barbara and frolicking families at Oxnard's Silver Strand.

Hearst Castle Reigns Over the Central Coast

Infamous newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst built his Enchanted Hill retreat in San Simeon 40 miles north of San Luis Obispo. Today, Hearst Castle's grand rooms and lavish grounds and pools host daily tours displaying Hearst's opulent art and furnishings collections.

A Golfer's Paradise

With beautiful cliffs and rolling hills, local golfing is fabulous. The most legendary courses are in the Monterey area. Even getting to courses like Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay is a pleasure since many are accessible from famously beautiful 17-Mile Drive. Of course, there are scenic and challenging golf courses throughout the coast, from quiet Morro Bay to the exclusive Montecito Country Club.

Explore the Sea at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Families and singles enjoy roaming the expansive Monterey Bay Aquarium's amazing exhibits. California coastal sea life is found in the 333,000-gallon Ocean's Edge exhibit, and sharks and sardines thrive in the 1.2 million-gallon Open Sea exhibit. You'll see a Giant Pacific Octopus, pet bat rays, experience kelp forests and get close-up views of playful sea otters.

Relish Hundreds of Wineries

The Central Coast has one of the most prolific wine industries in the U.S. Follow the Monterey Wine Trail, sample red varietals at Paso Robles' 180 wineries, or savor the pinot noirs at Santa Barbara's 175 wineries. You can also follow the “Sideways” movie wine trail through Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez and Solvang.

Revel in a Sunny Mediterranean Climate

Central Coast weather closely resembles the Mediterranean climate. Seaside communities like Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey hover in the 60s and 70s year-round. Fall and spring are the best times to visit, offering sunny days and fewer crowds. Inland cities like Paso Robles, Salinas, Soledad and Ojai stay slightly cooler in the winter and significantly hotter in the summer.

Traveling to Central Coast is a Visual Treat

California's Central Coast is easily accessible by private car via Highway 1 and State Route 101. If you're flying into Northern California, grab a rental car and head south on 101. If you're flying into Southern California, head north on Highway 1 or the 101. You can also fly directly to convenient airports in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and Monterey. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner train hugs the coastline, creating one of your most scenic travel options.