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The Central Coast of California is a region that remains calm and tranquil. Between the Bay Area's high-tech hassles, and the megalopolis of Southern California, the Central Coast provides nice beaches, beautiful Spanish missions, and a more peaceful way of life.
Popular destinations: Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo

Santa Barbara County is in California's Central Coast region. It is sometimes considered the northernmost part of Southern California.
Popular destinations: Santa Barbara, Solvang and Lompoc

Monterey County contains a sizable part of the Central Coast of California and the southern half of Monterey Bay.
Popular destinations: Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove

Santa Cruz County is in California just south of the Bay Area.
Popular destinations: Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Scotts Valley

Ventura County is a region of the Central Coast of California, though is sometimes considered part of Southern California.
Popular destinations: Oxnard, Ventura and Simi Valley

San Benito County is an inland county in the Central Coast region of California.
Popular destinations: Pinnacles National Park, Hollister and San Juan Bautista

Big Sur is a region on the Central Coast of California. It contains vast wildernesses and breathtaking views as it stretches 90 miles along the rugged Pacific Ocean.

Channel Islands National Park is a United States National Park comprised of a series of islands that are located off the coast of Ventura County and Santa Barbara County in Southern California.

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