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:
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.