Welcome to the Central Coast, an area of California that roughly spans the coastal region between Point Mugu and Monterey Bay. It lies northwest of Los Angeles County and south of San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
The Central Coast is known primarily for its Mediterranean climate, its 800 miles of sunny coastline, sandy beaches, historical Missions, state parks, museums, majestic mountains, vineyards & wineries, agriculture, and tourism. Major fertile crops include wine grapes, lettuce, strawberries, and artichokes. Tourist attractions include Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk, Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Course, Big Sur, Gilroy Gardens, Hearst Castle, Morro Rock, Madonna Inn, Point San Luis Lighthouse, Sycamore Mineral Springs, The Carlton Hotel, Charles Paddock Zoo, Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tasting (Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez), Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf, Ventura Harbor Village, Channel Island Harbor, along with many other hidden gems.
Six counties make up the Central Coast with an estimated population of about 2,327,344 (2014). From south to north: Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz County. The largest city in the region is Oxnard in Ventura County, with a total population of 203,007 (2013).