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Make The Central California Coast your next getaway—choose from 33 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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Boardwalk Dream 3D Tour
2 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6 (4 Adults Max)

Boardwalk Dream - Santa Cruz, CA

From $183
Seascape Sanctuary 3D Tour
2 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 5

Seascape Sanctuary - Aptos, CA

From $409
English Garden Studio Suite 3D Tour
0 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 2

English Garden Studio Suite - Santa Cruz, CA

From $124
Delight in Cambria 3D Tour
2 Bed | 1 Bath | Sleeps 5

Delight in Cambria - Cambria, CA

From $211
Oma's House 3D Tour
3 Bed | 2 Bath | Sleeps 6

Oma's House - Felton, CA

From $225

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Recent The Central California Coast vacation rental reviews

We loved staying so close to the Boardwalk and missing out on the parking nightmare! Plenty of beaches and high-quality restaurants nearby to choose from was also great! The 2 bedroom/2 bathroom layout plus the 2 air mattresses provided was perfect for our group. There are 3 flights of stairs, so a baby play pen is necessary for mobile babies/young toddlers that are not 100% confident with stairs yet. We loved the 2 parking spaces plus 1-car garage w/ a washer/dryer in this quiet, 6 unit complex. Interestingly, there was an overabundance of towels (very helpful) and decorative pillows (???), but only 3 forks! The dressers were falling apart and the upstairs shower curtain was stained with mildew, but those were the only minor issues.
Kimberly A K. | Jul 2021
Would stay here again in a heartbeat! Dedicated parking spaces, privacy and easy walk to all things pismo beach has to offer😊
Patti S. | Jul 2021
The home was very well equipped and plenty of supplies (towels, soap, kitchen appliances, etc). You can see the beach from the balcony but it is not easily accessible as it is on the other side of CA-1 and definitely can hear road noise. We enjoyed our stay though and had plenty of room for 2 families to spread out.
Abigail R. | Jul 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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