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Visiting Central California Coast

Make your spring and early summer travel plans for the central coast of California. Miles of beaches line the coast, from as far south as Santa Barbara, to as far north as Watsonville, and Hollister. You’ll be able to walk the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk when you visit Santa Cruz, or take in some history at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. When you’re in the mood for a live performance, head to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on February 2nd for the Jackson Browne Acoustic Tour. If you’re visiting later, don’t miss the Santa Cruz County Symphony Family Concert on March 3rd.

Golfers will no doubt enjoy a visit to the DeLaveaga Golf Course, where on February 3rd you’ll want to take part in the Lance Bei Super Bowl XLVII Shamble, a fun, four person per team golf tournament – make the drive in from nearby Capitola if you’re not already staying in downtown Santa Cruz.

Enjoy even more spectacular golfing when you visit Gilroy. Set east of Santa Cruz, Gilroy is home to the Gavilan Golf Course, the Eagle Ridge Golf Club, and the Gilroy Municipal Golf Course – try to play all three! After you’ve played 18 holes, head to the Gilroy Museum for a look at local history, or spend your day searching for adventure at the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park.

Head south along the coast and explore Monterey. A friendly seaside city, Monterey is home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Cannery Row – Monterey Bay’s historic waterfront district. Visit March 1st – 3rd and check out the Jazz Bash by the Bay event at the Monterey Conference Center. If you like dance performances, head to the Sunset Cultural Center on March 15th and check out Rhythm of Dance at the Sunset Center, a live performance. You can stay right in the heart of Monterey or visit from nearby Carmel, a beautiful destination not far from the beach itself.

Much further south along the coast is San Simeon, a quaint and affable community, home to the famous Hearst Castle. Make a visit to San Simeon, or drive in from Cambria, set just to the south – be sure to tour the Hearst Castle.

Your trip into the central coast of California isn’t complete without visiting Santa Barbara. Whether you drive in from nearby Goleta, or fly into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, you’re all set to make life-long memories. Check out the Chumash Painted Cave Historic Park, or head to the Granada Theatre on March 10th for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Central California Coast Hotel Map

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33 Best Western Hotels
in Central California Coast

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    Casa Grande Inn

    Arroyo Grande

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    Colony Inn

    Atascadero

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    Camarillo Inn

    Camarillo

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    Capitola By-the-Sea Inn & Suites

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    Carmel Bay View Inn

    Carmel

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    Carmel's Town House Lodge

    Carmel-By-The-Sea

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    Carpinteria Inn

    Carpinteria

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    La Posada Motel

    Fillmore

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    Forest Park Inn

    Gilroy

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    South Coast Inn

    Goleta

  • BEST WESTERN
    San Benito Inn

    Hollister

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    De Anza Inn

    Monterey

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    Park Crest Inn

    Monterey

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    Monterey Inn

    Monterey

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    Victorian Inn

    Monterey

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    El Rancho

    Morro Bay

  • BEST WESTERN Plus San Marcos Inn

    Morro Bay

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    Tradewinds

    Morro Bay

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    Oxnard Inn

    Oxnard

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Black Oak

    Paso Robles

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    Shore Cliff Lodge

    Pismo Beach

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    Salinas Valley Inn & Suites

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    Salinas Monterey Hotel

    Salinas

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    Royal Oak Hotel

    San Luis Obispo

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

    San Simeon

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    Beachside Inn

    Santa Barbara

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Encina Inn & Suites

    Santa Barbara

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    Pepper Tree Inn

    Santa Barbara

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    Inn

    Santa Cruz

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    All Suites Inn

    Santa Cruz

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Big America

    Santa Maria

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    Inn of Ventura

    Ventura

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    Rose Garden Inn

    Watsonville

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Central California Coast Events

August 2016

August 6 & 7, 2016
22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival

Don't miss the 22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival on August 6th and 7th. Make your way to downtown Watsonville to find all of the music vendors, live music, parades and more. This is a free, all-ages event.

September 2016

September 10, 2016
An Evening with Ray LaMontagne

Make your way to the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 10 for live performance from Ray LaMontagne. The raspy, baritone-voiced LaMontagne makes a stop in Santa Barbara as just one stop on his 45-city tour in support of his sixth studio album, Ouroboros.

October 2016

October 7 – 10, 2016
Celebration of Harvest Weekend

Hosted by the Santa Barbara Vintners, the Celebration of Harvest Weekend is one of the area's premier annual events. You'll find select locations throughout the Santa Ynez Valley hosting dinners and tastings – enjoy the hard work of local vintners as they pour a fine selection of reds and whites.

October 8, 2016
Pioneer Day Parade

Make the most of your summer visit to Paso Robles. Be sure to check out the Pioneer Day Parade on October 8th. Head for the Paso Robles City Park near downtown for this annual event. Day-long activities include classic car showcases, the actual parade, and a free bean feed.

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