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Top California Beaches:
The Unspoiled Beauty of the Central Coast 

Quiet. Romantic. Unspoiled. The Top California Beaches along the area known as the Central Coast are considered by many to be the most stunning in the state. Often overshadowed by the more populated coastal regions of California, the Central Coast extends as far north as the Monterey Peninsula and includes miles and miles of rugged coastline. 

Beauty and peacefulness is what California's Central Coast is all about.

Canyons, cliffs, vineyards and valleys form a beautiful backdrop to the blue-green sea, creating endless opportunities for exploring, discovering and enjoying all that the region has to offer. A surfer's paradise, this vast section of Top California Beaches is home to many fine campgrounds, and offers easy access to excellent wine tasting as well as hiking and other activities. Tide pools abound along the Central Coast, giving you the chance to experience the beauty of nature up close. Check out the pink starfish at right -- one of our many recent finds in this "quiet" part of the California coast.

Pictured above: the famous Pfeiffer Arch, Pfeiffer Beach, BIg Sur area. Image courtesy Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

From the wide stretches of sand and family fun offered by Pismo, Shell and Avila Beaches, to the rustic charm of Los Osos, Cambria and Cayucos, as well as the breathtaking beauty of Morro Bay and Big Sur -- the Central Coast is sure to delight even the most hard to please traveler.  

The Pismo/Shell Beach area, pictured above, offers classic California coastal views and a long stretch of beach, perfect for walks, activities and exploring.

Perhaps the most famous views in California can be found in Big Sur. So striking are the scenes along Highway 1 in this area that it has been designated an American National Scenic Byway & California Scenic Byway -- a distinction reserved for those highways that are considered to be destinations themselves. The road winds and curves around rugged cliffs and bluffs leading to the shore below. Watch your driving and pull over frequently to stop and take in the beauty.

The breathtaking views along Highway 1 in Big Sur, pictured above, are world famous. Image courtesy of Big Sur Chamber of Commerce.

One of the most dramatic sights in the Big Sur area is Pfeiffer Beach, surrounded by rugged cliffs and sweeping views up and down the coast, and highlighted by the famous Pfeiffer Arch. Romantic and remote, Pfeiffer Beach is a Top California Beach that you won't want to miss. 

Full of history, including several California Missions, this region has something for everyone. Stay tuned as we bring you more information in the days ahead on the beautiful beaches that make up California's Central Coast. 

Above: Wine enthusiasts don't have to travel far from the shore to enjoy one of California's best wine regions. Less well known than areas such as Napa and Sonoma, the Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara area wineries are well worth a visit. Pictured above is the view from the tasting room at Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo -- beautiful!

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