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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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

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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,...

East Beach

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The wide swath of sand at the east end of Cabrillo Boulevard is a great spot for people-watching. East Beach has sand volleyball courts,...

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

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Part of the spectacular Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, this 3,600-acre coastal playground is one of the few places in California where you can...

Pfeiffer Beach

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Through a hole in one of the gigantic boulders at secluded Pfeiffer Beach, you can watch the waves break first on the seaside and then...

Pismo State Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Hike, surf, ride horses, swim, fish in a lagoon or off the pier, and dig for Pismo clams at this busy state beach. One of the day-use...

William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach

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This wide, sandy beach edges a protected cove on both sides of San Simeon Pier. Fish from the pier or from a charter boat, picnic and...


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