The Central Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Alma Rosa Winery

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Winemaker Richard Sanford helped put Santa Barbara County on the international wine map with a 1989 Pinot Noir. For Alma Rosa, started...

Andree Clark Bird Refuge

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This peaceful lagoon and its gardens sit north of East Beach. Bike trails and footpaths, punctuated by signs identifying native and migratory...

Arroyo Burro Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The beach's usually gentle surf makes it ideal for families with young children. It's a local favorite because you can walk for miles...

Avila State Beach

  • Beach–Sight

At the edge of a sunny cove next to downtown shops and restaurants, Avila's ½-mile stretch of white sand is especially family-friendly,...

Avila Valley Barn

  • Restaurant–Sight

An old-fashioned, family-friendly country store jam-packed with local fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and gift items, Avila Valley...

Bixby Creek Bridge

  • Bridge/Tunnel

The graceful arc of Bixby Creek Bridge is a photographer's dream. Built in 1932, the bridge spans a deep canyon, more than 100 feet wide...

Blair Fox Cellars

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Blair Fox, a Santa Barbara native, crafts small-lot Rhône-style wines made from organic grapes. The bar in his rustic Los Olivos tasting...

Calcareous Vineyard

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Elegant wines, a stylish tasting room, and knockout hilltop views make for a winning experience at this winery along winding Peachy Canyon...

Carhartt Vineyard Tasting Room

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah are among the small-lot wines produced by owner-winemakers Mike and Brooke Carhartt and their...

Carnegie Historic Library

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Philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie funded this sturdy and splendid structure, erected in 1908. The jewel of City Park,...