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The Central Coast region of California is divided into four distinct regions - Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Bay- offering visitors myriad experiences from miles of rocky shoreline to sandy beaches to mountains and valleys. 

Each of the four regions has busy and thriving wine industries and quaint towns known for their classic architecture, history, and contemporary dining and shopping.  For those who love the outdoors, the Central Coast has it all including surfing, kayaking, biking, and fishing.  Foodies can also enjoy everything from fresh seafood in the harbor towns to barbeque and farmers’ markets with local seasonal bounty. Events, parades, food and wine festivals, and outdoor events, draw visitors from around the world. Starting from the south, the four regions are:
  1. Ventura Region
    Ventura Region
  2. Santa Barbara Region
    Santa Barbara Region
  3. San Luis Obispo Region
    San Luis Obispo Region
   
Ventura and Oxnard offer more than just beaches, vibrant downtowns, and fun-filled harbors including the Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village. They are also the gateways to the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary - five islands known as “Americas Galápagos” that inspire with wildlife viewing, hiking, and sea cave kayaking. The area also includes: Camarillo, with an “old west” feel, the art-rich Ojai Valley, and Heritage Valley’s agricultural area of farms and small towns. Add the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, the urban centers of the Conejo Valley, and The Ventura County Wine Trail, and you’ll find something for everyone. 
The Santa Barbara Region has been called The American Riviera® thanks to its Mediterranean climate, architecture, beaches, historic harbor and dramatic mountains. The region extends south to Carpinteria’s orchid farms and “safest beach”, and north to internationally acclaimed wine regions of Buellton, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley and the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. The Danish village of Solvang offers charming European architecture, bakeries, and shopping. Buellton hosts award- winning restaurants, festivals and micro-breweries. Santa Maria is home to world-famous tri-tip barbecue, rodeo and coastal sand dunes. 
http://www.centralcoast-tourism.com/santa-barbara-region
    
San Luis Obispo (SLO) County offers a Culinary, Cultural and Coastal experience. As the cultural hub, the City of San Luis Obispo features a walkable historic downtown and popular Bubblegum Alley. South of SLO, classic California coastlines await in Pismo Beach. Traveling north along scenic HWY 1, Morro Bay offers a full menu of activities along the bay, including iconic Morro Rock. Continue along HWY 1 where you’ll find the legendary Hearst Castle. Wine tasting opportunities abound throughout the county in award-winning Paso Robles and SLO Wine Countries. Taste all the region has to offer during the four- day culinary and wine event, Sunset Savor the Central Coast. 
http://www.centralcoast-tourism.com/san-luis-obispo-region/  
  1. Monterey Bay Region
    Monterey Bay Region
Anytime of year is perfect for a road trip through California’s Central Coast. Sip on your favorite new Monterey County wine; tee up in Pebble Beach; visit marine life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium located on world-famous Cannery Row. Bask in the history and culture of charming old town Salinas in the heart of the Salad Bowl of the World and maybe see a Condor in the nation’s newest designated national park, The Pinnacles. Santa Cruz is the birthplace of mainland surfing and offers the quintessential beach vacation. Gilroy offers impressive outlet shopping, family fun at Gilroy Gardens (home of the spectacular “circus trees”) and is also home of the renowned Gilroy Garlic Festival.