Big Sur offers visitors luxury resort hotels, RV equipped campsites, restaurants hiking and breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. Reserve here today.

Big Sur offers visitors luxury resort hotels, RV equipped campsites, restaurants hiking and breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. Reserve here today.

Place to Visit: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Hoping there is an area of trail that with a telephoto lens I can get a close up of that waterfall down there. The beaches are off limits because of the dangers in getting to and from them, but a good camera may be able to get there without legging it.

Place to Visit: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Hoping there is an area of trail that with a telephoto lens I can get a close up of that waterfall down there. The beaches are off limits because of the dangers in getting to and from them, but a good camera may be able to get there without legging it.

Beauregard Vineyards - A hidden treasure in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Beauregard Vineyards - A hidden treasure in the Santa Cruz Mountains

There's no shortage of creatures to see at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, where the many tide pools teem with life.

There's no shortage of creatures to see at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, where the many tide pools teem with life.

A typical day of sunshine and clouds at Carmel Beach

Must-See Stops on a California Central Coast Road Trip

Don’t let the name deceive you. Chicken Ranch Beach isn’t for the birds. It’s for folks who want to spend a mellow afternoon at a totally swimmable beach on the shore of Tomales Bay in Point Reyes. Most cars zip right by Chicken Ranch Beach en route to the lighthouse on the western side of the peninsula. There are no signs, but you’ll find its access point just north of…

Don’t let the name deceive you. Chicken Ranch Beach isn’t for the birds. It’s for folks who want to spend a mellow afternoon at a totally swimmable beach on the shore of Tomales Bay in Point Reyes. Most cars zip right by Chicken Ranch Beach en route to the lighthouse on the western side of the peninsula. There are no signs, but you’ll find its access point just north of…

Carmel Beach. Great day trip/overnight from the Bay. Soft white sand beaches.

Carmel Beach. Great day trip/overnight from the Bay. Soft white sand beaches.

Sunset views over Monterey Bay at Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos. Photo: Seascape Beach Resort

Suite Spot: Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos focused on the view

Sunset views over Monterey Bay at Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos. Photo: Seascape Beach Resort

Felton - Hike through a verdant redwood forest less traveled and get a glimpse into Santa Cruz of old, when oxen, wagons, and miners populated the hills. The Fall Creek Unit in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is just a short drive from the small town of Felton. The 4.6-mile (round-trip) hike to Barrel Mill follows the park’s creek, which, after a few days of rain, is an especially impressive sight. Start…

Felton - Hike through a verdant redwood forest less traveled and get a glimpse into Santa Cruz of old, when oxen, wagons, and miners populated the hills. The Fall Creek Unit in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is just a short drive from the small town of Felton. The 4.6-mile (round-trip) hike to Barrel Mill follows the park’s creek, which, after a few days of rain, is an especially impressive sight. Start…

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