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Make The Central California Coast your next getaway—choose from 114 great vacation rentals

For family fun or a romantic getaway in warm, sunny California, our ever-growing selection of Central Coast vacation rentals provides a perfect home base while exploring this scenic stretch of the Golden State! Much like the Southern California Coast, the central stretch is dotted with coastal wineries, pristine stretches of sandy beaches, and quirky beachfront towns, this sun-drenched locale will enchant vacationers in any season.

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Portola Oasis
3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Portola Oasis - Monterey, CA

$391 avg / night
Cottage by the Seaside
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

Cottage by the Seaside - Monterey, CA

$320 avg / night
Crow's Nest
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

Crow's Nest - Cayucos, CA

$149 avg / night
Nonpariel Escape
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath | Sleeps 9

Nonpariel Escape - Paso Robles, CA

$285 avg / night
Ocean Mornings
4 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath | Sleeps 10

Ocean Mornings - Cayucos, CA

$367 avg / night

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Recent The Central California Coast vacation rental reviews

wrap-around views are spectacular! the house was very well stocked. beautiful home, comfortable beds, Jacuzzi was very clean and ready to use on a beautiful patio. house is spacious and very accommodating for five friends (5 large beds). convenient location to many wineries for tasting outings. highly recommend. Jeanne H.
Jeanne H. | Oct 2022
This home is everything and more. Yes, it is a three-story home, but a bedroom with a full bath is downstairs. The living room kitchen area has a half bathroom on the second floor, and the two more bedrooms with two full baths are attached on the third with the laundry. It is in a quiet area but you are able to park in the garage and walk to just about everything. The beach and restaurants are a 5-minute walk from the home. You can enjoy the sunset every night from the rooftop hangout area. You are able to see the ocean. The home was extremely clean and cozy. I could not have asked for a better vacation home.
Diana J. | Oct 2022
Nice quiet residential area. Fenced in backyard for the dogs. Easy to walk the dogs around the neighborhood. Short drive to downtown.
DAVID T. | Oct 2022
The Central California Coast Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, 38 of our The Central California Coast homes allow dogs—so feel free to bring Fido along. (Just make sure to check individual home listings for any limits on the number and size of dogs they allow).

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Yes. 114 of our The Central California Coast vacation rentals have internet access, so you can stay connected throughout your trip.

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Our standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m., and the check-out time is 10:00 a.m. Some exceptions apply—after you book, you’ll find check-in and check-out details in the Vacasa guest app or your Trip Manager.

Absolutely. Our local The Central California Coast team includes professional housekeepers who care for all our homes here. They’ll clean thoroughly and restock amenities, so everything is ready for your arrival—and all you have to do is settle in and relax.

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For those answering the call of the waves, you'll want to bring your surfboard! The central coastline is home to many prime surfing spots including Manresa State Beach, The Hook, and Cowells Cove. There's also the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum for those just want to learn more about the sport without actually hanging ten. And here, the Pacific Ocean isn't even the only natural attraction - plan a rugged adventure at Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, where you can make your way through the giant, ancient redwood trees of this semi-wilderness that contains over 30 miles of trails for hiking, jogging and biking.

In Aptos, begin the day just like a local with a quick drive to Gayle's Bakery for a breakfast burrito, or maybe pick up some tasty picnic snacks to fortify a laid-back day of hunting for shells and sand dollars at Seacliff State Beach. If your vacation falls during the 4th of July, attend the "World's Shortest Parade", which follows a 2-block route in downtown Aptos and features antique fire trucks, food, music, and more local attractions at the end.

This scenic section of the Central Coast is also home to many art galleries, one-of-a-kind shops, and the amusement park atmosphere of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. When you need a break from exploring, grab a fish taco from one of the many beach-side taquerias and take in the view. In the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, the wine industry is blossoming, with over 20 small wineries and family-owned vineyards. What better way to spend a lazy afternoon than winding your way through the Central Coast on a wine tasting excursion? Sample chardonnays, zinfandels and cabernets that you won't soon forget.

The wine industry isn't the only area business that's booming - our selection of Central Coast vacation rentals is growing quickly as well! Check back soon for even more Vacasa home choices for your next adventure!

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