Central Coast Bliss

Escape the cities for a slower pace.

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Douglas Family Preserve

Sweeping ocean views from high up on the cliffs and a lovely walk where dogs get to run free.

La Mesa Park

A park high above the ocean with lots of shade, cool sea breezes, a eucalyptus grove, and a playground!

La Arcada

A Spanish paseo and courtyard with archways, little lights, flags, murals, lifelike statues, and fountains. At night, a magical spot!

Labyrinth Trail, UCSB

Bluff-top trail full of flowers in the spring. Lovely rugged beach and lagoon below.

La Purisima Mission, Lompoc

A salmon-pink mission set among gorgeous countryside with little rooms that transport you to the 1820s.

Summerland Beach and Lookout Park

A curved beach and a clifftop park with playground and picnic tables.

Santa Barbara Harbor sea wall walk

Stroll to the end of the breakwater while waves tumble over the sea wall! Sip a pomegranate margarita at an attractive bar!

Jesusita Trail

A nice trail with some shade and a little stream to cross- kids like this one.

Surfer's Point (C Street Surfbreak)

An amazing place to watch surfers ride the waves close up and in the shade, at that!

Mussel Shoals

A tiny little spot along Highway 101, with a beach and an oceanfront restaurant.

Ojai Valley Inn

A magical place set upon hills with huge majestic oaks, shimmering green lawns, and exquisite Spanish architecture and decor, all backed by Ojai's mountains.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Beach

A stunning hike overlooking a white sand beach, bright blue-green waters, and a waterfall falling onto the beach.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon

Hearst Castle is like a dream! High, high above the sea!

Pacific Grove town

Victorian homes and storefronts and a gorgeous oceanfront.

Carmel River State Beach

A wide yellow-sanded beach with good snorkeling and diving.

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