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Central Coast California includes rich farmland where fruits, vegetables and wine grapes are grown. A variety of wineries, quaint coastal cities, and fast-growing cities change almost weekly. From the Hearst Castle State Park tours in San Simeon to the California Missions at Lompoc, Solvang and Santa Barbara, from the Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch near Santa Ynez to movie, Sideways, filmed in Buellton, Central Coast Californians enjoy great weather, a slower pace than Los Angeles and a central location between L.A. and San Francisco, just over 200 miles each way. Click on the map below or the links to follow the Central Coast trail to the cities, lakes and beaches you want to see.




Arroyo Grande - Known for its charming downtown shopping district, Arroyo Grande also enjoys wine tasting, and antiques stores. Several events each year include the Memorial Day Weekend Strawberry Festival, voted as one of the best Memorial Weekend events by major media.  Several things of note we particularly enjoy are the roosters that roam downtown, and the Swinging Bridge.  County: San Luis Obispo

Atascadero - Farms with a variety of wineries and fresh food products, a great weekly Farmer's Market and beautiful  Atascadero Administration Building  on the Register of National Historic Places. County: San Luis Obispo

Avila Beach - Avila Beach is a community of San Luis Obispo. Known for its three piers (two public and one private), new hotels and beautiful public park at the beach, Avila Beach also is home to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating Station. County: San Luis Obispo

Ballard - Ballard is a small town located in the Santa Barbara wine country near Los Olivos. It is home to Mattie's Tavern, an historic building that serves as a fine dining restaurant. County: Santa Barbara

Buellton - Buellton is known for Andersen's Split Pea Soup and the Ostrich Farm. It also offers hotels and shopping for visitors to enjoy.  County: Santa Barbara

Cachuma Lake - Cachuma Lake offers boating and fishing, plus camping facilities. Located northeast of Santa Barbara, the lake does not allow swimming as it is used as a water reservoir.   County: Santa Barbara

Cambria - Cambria is home to beautiful Moonstone Beach. A village atmosphere in the beach city with houses and hotels overlooking the beach on verdant hills, Cambria includes gourmet dining and a location close to Hearst Castle.  County: San Luis Obispo

Casmalia - Casmalia, once a vibrant port for goods from San Francisco, in recent years the town became a toxic waste dump for national corporations disposing of everything from jet fuels to metals and bi-products of manufacturing. A clean up process may take years to of mitigation. For now, a small number of residents live in the nearby town. It is best known for Hitching Post steakhouse.  County: Santa Barbara

Cayucos - Cayucos is one of the bay area and southern California's favorite little getaways. A fishing pier, downtown shops with an Old West theme, new shops with gourmet and wine, and the oceanfront along the town make Cayucos an attraction.  Located near San Simeon's Hearst Castle, from most vantage points in Cayucos you can see Morro Rock to the south. County: San Luis Obispo

El Capitan SB - This state beach is a lovely seaside camping area for tent camping and RVs. Located north of Santa Barbara and south of Goleta, the park is well attended throughout the year.  County: Santa Barbara
Gaviota County: Santa Barbara

Goleta - Goleta incorporated as a city several years ago, re-defining itself apart from the City of Santa Barbara, which it once was a part of. Goleta is home to the University of California Santa Barbara and features some stunning beaches and coastline.  County: Santa Barbara

Grover Beach - Grover Beach features beautiful beaches and an Amtrak station stop. The beaches include sand dunes, fishing, surfing and a variety of recreational activities.  County: San Luis Obispo

Guadalupe - Guadalupe has beaches, a rural atmosphere, farming, packing facilities and some of the most affordable housing in the region. Adjacent to Guadalupe is the Oso Flaco dunes park.  County: San Luis Obispo

Harmony - Harmony is one of the smallest cities on the Central Coast. Once famous for its creamery, the town is a collection of crafts shops.  Set in a valley, the rural setting is serene.  County: San Luis Obispo

Lompoc - Lompoc is adjacent to Vandenberg Village and the Vandenberg Air Force Base. When missile launches occur nearby, the city can't help but notice.  Known previously for its flower fields, those have mostly disappeared. Mission La Purisimia Concepcion is located near the city bounds.   County: San Luis Obispo

Los Alamos - Los Alamos, set in the valley on the eastern slope of hills that line the Pacific Ocean, is a residential community with several tourist attractions such as antiques shops. It features an annual event in September, Los Alamos Days.   County: Santa Barbara 

Los Olivos - Los Olivos is charming little shopping area with a B&B, wine tasting and a very relaxed atmosphere. It is home to the annual Quick Draw competition.  County: Santa Barbara

Los Osos
Morro Bay
Orcutt County: Santa Barbara
Oso Flaco
Paso Robles
Pirate's Cove
Pismo Beach
San Luis Obispo
Santa Maria County: Santa Barbara
San Simeon
Santa Barbara County: Santa Barbara
Santa Ynez County: Santa Barbara
Shell Beach
Solvang County: Santa Barbara
Surf Beach
Vandenberg Base
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