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What to see in Central Coast

Central Coast Attractions

Big Sur, immortalised in song and literature, beckons travellers with art galleries, restaurants, redwood-filled state parks, steep canyons, dramatically beautiful coves and one breathtaking view after another. Highlights along this famous stretch include the much-photographed McWay Falls within Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, the Point Sur State Historic Park, Limekiln State Park, Salmon Creek Falls, and Ragged Point. Other big drawcards along the Pacific Coast Highway include Hearst Castle and Pinnacles National Monument, not to mention numerous incredible walking trails.

Popular travel hubs along this famous stretch include Monterey, one of the most picturesque cities in California, Santa Barbara, renowned as the glamorous 'American Riviera', and Santa Cruz, a small, laid-back city with a pleasantly bohemian atmosphere. The Central Coast of California is also home to many lifestyle retreats and luxury hotels in beautiful, sometimes secluded, natural surroundings, and it is easily possible to find accommodation outside of the big cities and towns.

Hearst Castle

One of the most opulent mansions in the US, Hearst Castle was the residence of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Built between 1919 and 1947, the residence was originally envisioned as a modest…

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One of the most beautiful cities on the central California coast, Monterey was originally the state capital of California and has a rich Hispanic heritage. Set on a stunning coastline of sandy beaches…

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Pinnacles National Monument

The stunning landscape of Pinnacles National Monument offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities like camping, hiking, rock climbing and birdwatching. The park gets its name from the…

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is known as the "American Riviera", thanks to its gorgeous weather, clean air, and beach-centred lifestyle. This attractive and historic coastal town is framed by the Pacific Ocean and…

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Santa Cruz

A small city at the north end of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz is a fun weekend getaway with a bohemian atmosphere. Popular tourist attractions like the picturesque Beach Amusement Park and Boardwalk are…

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Voted the world's best seaside amusement park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is enjoyable for all ages with its collection of carnival rides, classic arcade games, and active pursuits like mini golf,…

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