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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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Cottage by the Seaside
2 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

Cottage by the Seaside - Monterey, CA

From $189
11th Heaven 3D Tour
2 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

11th Heaven - Monterey, CA

From $211
Delight in Cambria 3D Tour
2 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 5

Delight in Cambria - Cambria, CA

From $141
Sunny Seaside 3D Tour
2 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 6

Sunny Seaside - Monterey, CA

From $144
Coastal Perch 3D Tour
3 Bed | 3.5 Bath | Sleeps 6

Coastal Perch - Pismo Beach, CA

From $209

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Recent The Central California Coast vacation rental reviews

House was walking distance to boardwalk and warf
Deann N. | May 2021
Recently renovated home that is just as beautiful as the pictures. It's very centrally located for accessing tourist attractions in the Monterey peninsula. Would recommend!
Aarohi M. | May 2021
This was a great home away from home. We had such a great time each morning drinking coffee on the balcony listening to the sound of the waves hit the shore. The beach (Rio Del Mar) is a short walk away, although it is down a fairly steep sidewalk. The home had everything we needed during our stay and we did not encounter any issues. Parking was simple and accessing the home was really easy as well. The kitchen has all the pots and pans needed for your stay and even had salt and pepper shakers. We did not get the opportunity to check out the community pool as we spent the majority of our time down at the beach. The only con is that for some reason the upstairs smelled a bit stale upon arrival, but once we opened the sliding doors and had a breeze flowing through the home, the smell disappeared. We will definitely be returning when we have the opportunity to.
Robert B. | Apr 2021

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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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