Find the best place to stay — Central Coast California

Where to stay around Central Coast California?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 4,613 vacation rentals near Central Coast California. From 2,720 houses to 487 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Central Coast California are on HomeAway.

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 HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Los Angeles: 5,570 vacation rentals
  • Santa Barbara: 936 vacation rentals
  • Malibu: 2,053 vacation rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 621 vacation rentals
  • Monterey: 700 vacation rentals

And HomeAway 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: 5,570 rentals
  • Santa Barbara: 936 rentals
  • Malibu: 2,053 rentals
  • Santa Cruz: 621 rentals
  • Monterey: 700 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): 495 vacation rentals
  • San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview): 546 vacation rentals
  • Point Mugu NAS (NTD): 494 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?

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

  • Carmel Beach: 711 rentals
  • Capitola Beach: 778 rentals
  • Zuma Beach: 712 rentals
  • Rio Del Mar Beach: 778 rentals
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: 760 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Central Coast California listed on HomeAway 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.

Attractions In and Around Central Coast California

Looking for places to see while you're in Central Coast California? Local attractions include Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Barbara Zoo and Dennis the Menace Park. Don't miss landmarks such as Hearst Castle and Mission Santa Barbara and unique cultural highlights like Estrella Warbirds Museum and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. If some outdoor time is on the agenda, soak up some sun at Carmel Beach and Main Beach or experience the natural beauty of Elephant Seal Rookery and Morro Bay State Park. Fun activities in the city include Fisherman's Wharf, Ventura Pier and Pebble Beach Golf Links. While in town, you may want to visit popular attractions like Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Presidio Santa Barbara or Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Other popular places to visit in town include Mystery Spot, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Morro Rock.