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Make The Central California Coast your next getaway—choose from 122 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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Shasta Retreat Unit A
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

Shasta Retreat Unit A - Sand City, CA

$243 avg / night
Beach Hill Bungalow
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4 (3 Adults Max)

Beach Hill Bungalow - Santa Cruz, CA

$230 avg / night
The Boardwalk Haven
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 4

The Boardwalk Haven - Santa Cruz, CA

$321 avg / night
The Ocean View at Monterey Bay
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

The Ocean View at Monterey Bay - Sand City, CA

$241 avg / night
Shasta Haven Unit B
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 2

Shasta Haven Unit B - Sand City, CA

$225 avg / night

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Recent The Central California Coast vacation rental reviews

Susan O. | Jun 2022
Victoria M. | Jun 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our two-night stay in this spacious, thoughtfully furnished, light-filled home, which is within easy walking distance of downtown Paso and the plaza. The space was spotless, the kitchen was well equipped, and the beds were incredibly comfy. Also a shoutout for the super fluffy towels. We didn’t get a chance to try out the backyard deck, but it looked really nice. There were only three in our party, but the home could easily accommodate a larger group.
Virginia K. | Jun 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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