McWay Falls, Big Sur

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Central California Coast – Things to do

Central California Coast Attractions

From the epic Big Sur to Mediterranean-style Santa Barbara, the central California Coast offers you picturesque seaside towns, jagged sea cliffs, hidden coves and vineyards of rolling hills just waiting to be explored.

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway 1

Pacific Coast Highway 1

Drive this beautiful coastal-hugging road from San Francisco to Los Angeles while you stop off at stunning lookout points, discover hidden coves and beach towns, look for sea otters and other marine life from the shore or even get up close at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Beautiful beaches

As well as the long golden sands of beaches such as Pismo or Ventura to name a few; the crashing surf has created rugged but beautiful sea cliffs that stretch along the Pacific Coast, however this means there are many hidden coves and beaches to explore.

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Jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Located right at the ocean's edge, Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fun day out for all ages. Head to the penguin enclosure at feeding time, watch the playful sea otters, learn about what hides among the rocky shores and be mesmerised by the jellyfish.

Elephant Seal Beach, San Simeon

Visit Elephant Seal Beach

Stretching out over 6 miles of beach, the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery is well worth a visit. The best viewing areas are located in San Simeon, around 5 miles north of Hearst Castle State Historical Monument. Peak season is December through March but they come to the beaches year round - even if you can't see them, you will definitely hear them.