The Central California Coast Vacation Rentals

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Make The Central California Coast your next getaway

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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The Central California Coast vacation rentals for every getaway

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Pier View Suites - Studio B (Unit 331)
0 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 2

Pier View Suites - Studio B (Unit 331) - Cayucos, CA

$270 avg / night
Shasta Retreat Unit A
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

Shasta Retreat Unit A - Sand City, CA

$222 avg / night
Pier View Suites - Bungalow A (UNIT 230)
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 7

Pier View Suites - Bungalow A (UNIT 230) - Cayucos, CA

$293 avg / night
11th Heaven
2 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

11th Heaven - Monterey, CA

$372 avg / night
Santuario Costero
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 4

Santuario Costero - Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

$458 avg / night

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Recent The Central California Coast vacation rental reviews

This is a great little find for small groups. Everything was as described and then more. Our friends who did not stay with us were jealous!
Jane H. | Oct 2023
Beautiful house and gorgeous scenery. The pool, hot tub, and fire pit made it a 10/10!
BRYAN D. | Oct 2023
This home was so cute, nicely decorated, and very clean. The garage was a perfect game room, the living room was comfortable to lounge in and just watch TV, the jacuzzi was clean, and the beds were comfortable. It was an easy walk to downtown, and felt very safe. I highly recommend staying here.
Jessica S. | Oct 2023
The Central California Coast vacation rental FAQ

Yes, 35 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. 99 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!