Sparkling harbors, rocky coastline, wild horse sanctuaries, acres of fragrant flowers, the Hearst Castle, rustic adventures, country-style BBQ and fine wine dinners all define the area known as the Central Coast. We'll show you where you can drive onto the sand dunes, sleep in a covered wagon, bottle-feed a baby goat, and pick your own berries. If you had a more relaxing vacation in mind, we'll point you in the direction of seaside resorts with in-room massage and meals fit for a king as well as an American child. To break the information into manageable portions, it is first divided by counties, then further identified by locale. You'll find the web sites for the local tourism bureaus at the beginning of each section.
In compiling this information, we came across a wonderful web site we thought you should hear about. It's
You'll find everything from swimming holes to a list of story times. Designed for caregivers on the central coast, it began in October 2002. (Too bad we didn't find this until after all our research was completed.) Our advice: don't travel to the Central Coast without it.
Central Coast Tourism
This bureau was the launching pad from where we received much of the information. From this site, you can link to the other web sites in the area.
Santa Barbara County
San Luis Obispo County