Top 10 California Central Coast Lodging
Pajaro Dunes Resort
Pajaro Dunes Resort, a secluded, gated community featuring a collection of beautiful beachfront houses, townhomes, and condominiums, presents the quintessential Monterey Bay beach vacation!
While staying at the Pajaro Dunes, you can enjoy their one and a half mile strand of sandy white beach and natural habitat surrounding their community of beautiful shoreline vacation rentals, all overlooking the magnificent pacific ocean. Grab a book and relax on the beach or take a refreshing swim in the water; whatever you choose, it’s sure to be invigorating. After a beautiful day exploring the coast, come back to one of their one, two, three, or four bedroom condos. Their accommodations are well-equipped with full kitchens, large living spaces, private balconies, and much more. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat, a family vacation, or a perfect meeting spot, Pajaro Dunes Resort has everything you need for an unforgettable Monterey Bay getaway.
105 Shell Drive Watsonville, California 95076
Located only 15 minutes from the resort, Kahuna Sportfishing offers private fishing charters or open party fishing trips.
Do some bird watching at the mouth of Pajaro River, hike the Santa Cruz Mountain Redwoods, or let a professional guide help you explore the beauty of Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough via kayak!close
Santa Cruz, California
Experience convenience and boutique style luxuries at the downtown Santa Cruz Hotel Paradox. Each guestroom and suite features designer furnishings and deluxe amenities where you can relax in peaceful fashion. The comfort of your stay radiates into the kitchen at Solaire Restaurant where farm to table American favorites will leave you begging for more. The Paradox Pooldeck, with its heated pool, fire pit, and private cabanas, also create that perfect getaway. Between enjoying the luxurious comforts of Hotel Paradox, take advantage of the local scenes. The Beach Boardwalk is a must in Santa Cruz where a permanent smile will be painted on your face from the coaster and carousels. The beaches are pristine with shimmering sun, sand, and surf, and the view is impeccable from the tops of the Redwoods on a zipline tour with the Mount Heron Redwood Canopy Tour. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find coastal fun with Hotel Paradox.
611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060
Celebrate your wedding in style with Hotel Paradox. The upscale forest atmosphere creates a beautiful atmosphere where you'll experience all the luxuries and beauty you deserve.
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Hotel Paradox is home to 8,000 square feet of event space to host your next party! You'll experience modern facilities drenched in impeccable style.close
The Tradewinds Carmel radiates luxury and romance while providing a boutique hotel experience in beautiful Carmel. Splashed in Asian and tropical design, Tradewinds Carmel is home to quality guestrooms. Treat yourself with in-room spa treatments or a stroll through the blooming meditation gardens while enjoying luxuries such as cozy fireplaces, ocean views, and exquisite bedding and furnishings. Located amidst the excitement and beauty of Carmel, Tradewinds Carmel puts you in the middle of Carmel’s best attractions. Only blocks from Ocean Avenue, you can spend afternoons soaking in the sun, the sand, and the surf. Make your way down the charming tree lined streets to fine dining, shopping, and wine tasting. A few miles away, hit the links at Pebble Beach or view the beauty of exotic sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Mission Street at Third Avenue, P.O. Box 3403, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921
Tradewinds Carmel is your bed and breakfast experience with 100 percent Egyptian cotton linens and down pillows wrapped in Thai silk as well as a rich breakfast buffet of fresh fruits and juices and French pastries.
Directions From the North: Coming from the Bay Area - Drive south on either Highway 101 (the fastest route) or Highway 1 (the most scenic route.) If using Highway 101, approximately 90 miles south of San Francisco take the Monterey Peninsula Exit - West 156. This will connect you to Highway 1 just north of Monterey. Stay on Highway One until you come into the Carmel Area Turn right on Ocean Avenue and follow it through a residential area You will come down a hill and Junipero will be the cross street - the next cross street is Mission Turn right on Mission Street Follow Mission Street for three and one half blocks. Tradewinds will be on the right hand side Tradewinds is located on Mission Street between 4th and 3rd Avenue Directions From the South on Highway One: Stay on Highway One until you come into the Carmel Area Turn left on Ocean Avenue and follow it through a residential area You will come down a hill and Junipero will be the cross street - the next cross street is Mission Turn right on Mission Street Follow Mission Street for three and one half blocks. Tradewinds will be on the right hand side Tradewinds is located on Mission Street between 4th and 3rd Avenueclose
Avila Lighthouse Suites
Avila Beach, California
Only steps from the Pacific Ocean sand, Avila Lighthouse Suites is the perfect coastal California treat. Located between lush hills and the Pacific, everywhere you look is a paradise. Each two bedroom boutique style suite is fully furnished in crisp and modern decor with a private balcony or patio for gazing upon the ocean waves. Between the open area play decks and heated pool and the refreshing ocean air, you’ll relish in your stay with Avila Lighthouse Suites. Enjoy everything the scenic central coast has to offer during your stay with Avila Lighthouse Suites. Stroll the beach and play in the tide pools, or grab a kayak for some ocean cave adventure. Take in the gorgeous sights while biking Avila trail, and visit the area’s wealth of boutique and antique shops. Hearst Castle is a must see as are the countless and tasteful wineries. You’ll find a endless days of fun with Avila Lighthouse Suites.
550 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
From Bakersfield - Approximately 150 miles; 2.5 hours - Take Hwy 99 North to Hwy 46 West - Drive approximately 90 miles on Hwy 46 West towards Paso Robles - Merge onto the US-101 South via the ramp on the left. - Drive approximately 36 miles towards Avila Beach. - Take the Avila Beach Drive exit toward Avila Beach/Port San Luis. - Stay on Avila Beach Drive approximately 3 miles. - Turn left on 1st Street and the Avila Lighthouse Suites will be directly on the right. - 550 Front Street, Avila Beach From Fresno - Approximately 150 miles; 2 hours 35 minutes - Take Hwy 41 South for approximately 90 miles. - Merge onto Hwy 46 West and drive towards Paso Robles for approximately 19 miles. - Take the US-101 South Merge onto the US-101 South via the ramp on the left. - Drive approximately 36 miles towards Avila Beach. - Take the Avila Beach Drive exit toward Avila Beach/Port San Luis. - Stay on Avila Beach Drive approximately 3 miles. - Turn left on 1st Street and the Avila Lighthouse Suites will be directly on the right. - 550 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA. From San Francisco and the Bay Area - Approximately 240 miles; 3 hours 55 minutes - Take the US-101 South and drive approximately 230 miles to San Luis Obispo County and Avila Beach, CA. - Exit Avila Beach Drive and turn right towards Avila Beach/Port San Luis. - Stay on Avila Beach Drive for approximately 3 miles. - Turn left on 1st Street and the Avila Lighthouse Suites will be directly on the right - 550 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA From Los Angeles and Central California Coast - Approximately 190 miles; 3 hours 15 minutes - Take the US-101 North and drive approximately 190 miles to San Luis Obispo County and Avila Beach, CA. - Take the Avila Beach Drive exit toward Avila Beach/Port San Luis. - Stay on Avila Beach Drive approximately 3 miles. - Turn left on 1st Street and the Avila Lighthouse Suites will be directly on the right. - 550 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA
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The Spa Central Coast Avila Beach will create a relaxing and blissful spa experience where you may enjoy a full menu of spa treatments seven days a week.close
Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge
Pismo Beach, California
Take is an expansive and impressive view from the Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge’s ninety foot cliff perch above the Pacific Ocean. Experience the comforts and modern amenities of a luxury hotel with Best Western Plus. Each guestroom features a private patio or balcony overlooking the grandiose vistas of the Pacific where you may enjoy the fresh ocean air. Relax by the large heated pool or unwind with a massage; it’s all a part of the experience with Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge. In addition to some of the best views around, Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge is near all the premier attractions of the central coast. Experience a life romance and riches at Hearst Castle, and cruise your way through the tastes of the Edna Valley wine region. For a more laid back adventure, explore the pier or bask in the sunshine from the beach as the ocean laps over your toes.
2555 Price Street, Pismo Beach, California, 93449-2111
Only two short miles from Best Western Plus is downtown Pismo where you may walk the historic streets while enjoying quaint boutique shopping.
Only steps from Best Western Plus is Steamers restaurant where you will find fresh seafood with an ocean view!close
Carmel Valley Ranch
Surround yourself in the natural oasis of Carmel Valley where lush greenery and rolling hills provide a backdrop of breathtaking beauty at Carmel Valley Ranch. Carmel Valley Ranch brings this beauty of the valley indoors. Each suite features towering cathedral ceilings and warming travertine fireplaces as well as custom furnishings and decor to match the scenic surroundings. The accommodations of Carmel Valley Ranch are met with equally impressive amenities. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or a thrilling adventure, Carmel Valley Ranch is the right place. Keep active on the 18 hole golf course and driving range or the tennis courts. Carmel Valley Ranch is home to 500 acres filled with hiking and biking trails where natural discoveries await. Let go and unwind with a stroll through the pinot noir vineyard or a dip in the salt water swimming pools. There’s something for everyone at Carmel Valley Ranch.
One Old Ranch Road, Carmel, California 93923
Spa Aiyana, meaning "eternal blossom," is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the view of Carmel Valley while enduring a whole menu of services.
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Carmel Valley Ranch is home to a number of decadent dining options whose menus are filled with fresh, local, and organic dishes. Choose from the Lodge Restaurant, River Ranch Cafe, or the Golf Clubhouse.close
Sea Otter Inn
Ocean views, blooming gardens, and quaint lodging is what you’ll experience during your stay at Sea Otter Inn.
Individualized country style welcomes you as you step inside the Sea Otter Inn. Guestrooms and suites feature luxuries such as soothing whirlpool tubs, warm fireplaces, and views of the roaring ocean. Step across the street to the Moonstone Boardwalk for an unspoiled natural experience, or head down to the beach and frolic in the tide pools. When you aren’t enjoying the serenity of Sea Otter Inn or strolling the boardwalk, take advantage of Cambria’s exquisite sites. Hearst Castle is a treasure to be seen in all its majestic richness as are the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery. Explore the art and culture of Cambria with wine tastings, art galleries, and antique shops. And, don’t forget to indulge in the area’s decadent fare!
6656 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, California, 93428
Wine enthusiasts will love a stay at Sea Otter Inn with its convenient location to Black Hand Cellars, Moonstone Cellars, and Red Poets/Skyhawk Lane, all located in downtown Cambria. There are also a number of additional wineries located along a scenic coastal drive.
From Los Angeles and the south Take Highway 101 North to San Luis Obispo and take the Highway 1 North off-ramp, signed Hearst Castle. Cambria is just a 40 minute drive from San Luis Obispo up Highway 1 through Morro Bay. Continue past the turnoff for Cambria village and at Windsor turn left (towards the ocean) and then right onto Moonstone Beach Drive. Sea Otter Inn is at 6656 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria. From San Francisco and the north Take Highway 101 South, through Paso Robles, exit at Highway 46 and travel West towards Cambria. At the Highway 1 intersection, turn right (to the North) and continue past the turnoff for the village of Cambria (approximately 4 miles). At Windsor turn left (towards the ocean) and then right onto Moonstone Beach Drive. Sea Otter Inn is at 6656 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria.close
Lone Oak Lodge
Centrally located near all the beauty and excitement of the Monterey Peninsula, Lone Oak Lodge is your convenient home on the central coast. Lone Oak Lodge provides modest and cozy guestrooms and suites for the traveler looking to explore the Peninsula. Guests will enjoy modern amenities and added features such as the indoor spa and fitness center as well as an outdoor BBQ area perfect for an evening with friends and family. During your stay at Lone Oak Lodge, take advantage of the Monterey Peninsula’s many attractions. A must see is the Monterey Bay Aquarium where you’ll learn and explore new and exotic ocean life. Just outside the doors of the aquarium is Cannery Row where you’ll find a wealth of shops, fresh dining, and fun. Not far are the links of Pebble Beach and a number of wineries for a tasty treat.
2221 N. Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940
As of 2012, the population of Monterey, California is 29,003.
Cannery Row was made famous by author John Steinbeck in which his stories illustrate life when the sardine canning industry was booming.close
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Pismo Beach, California
Whether you are overdue for a romantic retreat or a fun family getaway, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is your ideal coastal vacation. Each plush suite includes a poolside or ocean view as well as modern and luxurious amenities. Enjoy custom wood kitchen cabinetry and designer furnishings as well as the onsite Lido restaurant featuring a casual and elegant atmosphere with a local menu. The spa provides a relaxing getaway with body treatments, facials, massage therapy and more. During your stay at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, you’ll enjoy a wealth of area culture and fun. Let the ocean be your playground with surfing, kayaking, boat tours, and whale watching. Of course, the beach is always a great escape for an afternoon of sunbathing or a horseback ride through the sand and rugged shore. Discover wine tastings at area wineries as well as numerous hiking and biking trails. It’s all at your fingertips with Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa.
2727 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Dolphin Bay Resort is happy to welcome your pets to the resort.
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Dolphin Bay Resort provides guests a number of on-site amenities including a fitness center, outdoor pool, lawn games, and more.close
URelax Vacation Rentals
Morro Bay, California
Featuring properties all along the California coast, URelax Vacation Rentals are the perfect place to, well, relax!
There are tons of things to see and do in the sunny land of California, and URelax makes the most of them with their superbly located and meticulously cared-for properties. From Morro Bay to Encinitas, URelax’s properties exude class and luxury. And that’s just where you’ll spend a fraction of your time, as there a deluge of fun activities to partake in in the surrounding areas! Kayaking, biking, fishing, beach-combing and just plain relaxing… The list goes on and on. One thing is for certain- you’ll have a fantastic time.
259 Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay, CA 93442
All homes include wi-fi, well stocked kitchens, linens, towels and many nice extras.
There are homes in Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Cayucos, Los Osos, Encinitas, and many other cities!close
Aqua Breeze Inn
Santa Cruz, California
Looking for a great family inn at a totally affordable price? Aqua Breeze Inn combines both with a spectacular Santa Cruz location!
When you aren't relaxing in your extremely well-appointed room, you'll be out and about in scenic downtown Santa Cruz. Award-winning restaurants, aquariums, museums, and shopping are everywhere you look, and you'll enjoy them all under typically-sublime weather. The Inn is also only minutes away from the ocean and "The Beach Boardwalk" amusement park, ideal for families with kids!
204 2nd St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The hotel is three miles from Natural Bridges State Beach.
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There's also an outdoor pool and a sundeck overlooking the boardwalk.close