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Make The Central California Coast your next getaway—choose from 121 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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Seascape Sanctuary 3D Tour
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 5

Seascape Sanctuary - Aptos, CA

From $369
Casa Pinostella 3D Tour
1 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Casa Pinostella - Templeton, CA

From $150
Old Vine House 3D Tour
3 Bedroom | 3 Bath | Sleeps 6

Old Vine House - Templeton, CA

From $304
Pleasure Point 3D Tour
1 Bedroom | 1.5 Bath | Sleeps 4

Pleasure Point - Santa Cruz, CA

From $165
Rio Del Mar Paradise 3D Tour
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 5

Rio Del Mar Paradise - Aptos, CA

From $250

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Recent The Central California Coast vacation rental reviews

What a great house for a visit to Paso! Perfect for three couples - or in our case, two couples and a single - in a vineyard setting. The patio overlooking Pesenti vineyards was our gathering place of choice - be it for coffee, breakfast, a glass of evening wine or dinner. Conveniently located next to Turley Winery and a short distance to many wineries in the Paso area. We had a little trouble with the gate, but the secret was to push the gate code in very slowly . . .so patience! Would definitely rent again!
Diana M. | May 2022
Beautiful secluded home next to Turley. Well appointed with amazing views from the patio.
Len S. | May 2022
The location is great - easy walking distance to everything in town. Nice places to sit outside, both on the porch and in the back. Well equipped kitchen.
Ruth E. | May 2022

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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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