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The Central Coast is an area of California, roughly spanning the area between the Monterey Bay and Point Conception. It extends through Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County, and Santa Barbara County. It is also sometimes considered to include the northern part of Ventura County.

The Central Coast is also the location of the Central Coast American Viticultural Area.

The Central Coast can mean a lot of things depending on who you talk to...the widest range would be from Santa Cruz ~3+ hours north to Ventura ~3 hours South- Although some would call this "Central California" and might include the "central valley" (fresno/bakersfield) as to split California into 3 roughly equal parts of land mass.

Locals tend to tighten down the boundaries a bit from Big Sur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur) down to Santa Barbara (http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=9587)

This GROUP represents the Central Part of the Central Coast, primarily San Luis Obispo County and parts of Southern Monterey and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.

This Distinction is the result of natural geographic barriers; the Los Padres National Forest and the Gaviota Tunnel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaviota_Tunnel)
Many Couchsurfers (especially those heading up/down highway 1 on the Pacific Coast Trail tour) make the City of San Luis Obispo
and surrounding areas a destination on their travels.

From North to South
--> Camp at Big Sur
--> Wine Tasting in Paso Robles
--> Elkhorn Bar, San Miguel: established 1852
--> See the Elephant Seals
--> Visit Hearst Castle
--> World Famous Pismo Beach (tourist hotbed)
--> Drive a Car on the Oceano Dunes (or not!)
--> Dine at the excellent Far Western in Guadelupe
--> East to see concert at Pozo Saloon
--> Go even further East to the Carrizo Plains
--> Check out Danish Village "Solvang"
--> Dont forget Los Olivos/Santa Ynez (movie "Sideways")

The Salinas to Santa Barbara section of the Amtrak Coast Starlight train route is particularly beautiful.

Walking, Biking, Rental Car, Train, Bus are all common forms of transport here, see what you can do to get down here.

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Alison CebullaAlison Cebulla moderator raised in the 5 12/06/2005
Ben PetersBen Peters moderator Left Coast 04/13/2007
Jim Graber Jim Graber I live on the Central Coast and may have something to add and, hopefully, something to learn! 11/20/2010
NIKKSTER NIKKSTER Native Californian born & raised on the Central Coast 08/18/2009
M O R A G A M O R A G A We just moved to Los Osos 07/31/2012
Daniel DreifussDaniel Dreifuss I live in Santa Maria 01/19/2012
Gypsy.mbGypsy.mb because I'm originally from Carpinteria 11/13/2010
Mike Smith Mike Smith Im originally from SLO town; why not join? 07/11/2012


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Poll: 1st 2011 Meetup DateBPsolar3  01/24/2011

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