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Highlights Central Coast

  • Beaches
  • Wineries
  • Hiking trails
  • Highway 1 road trip

Best Vacation Rentals in Central Coast

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Daly City, San Mateo County
Vacation Rental • 1098 ft² • 4 Bedrooms
Rental basis: Entire house or apartmentNumber of bedrooms: 4; Number of other rooms with beds: 0Relax with the whole family or friends at this peaceful house . It is within walking distance to Daly City Bart so saving you on rental car but there are two parking spots as well (attached garage and in front of the driveway) if you have car(s). There are 3 bedrooms (each with queen beds), 1 crib, 1 bathroom, kitchen, game room with foosball table and dart board (that could heckle you Lol), board games, TV, free wifi, and a guitar so you can pick how to have a wonderful and memorable time.
from $267 / night
San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area
Vacation Rental • 3401 ft² • 5 Bedrooms
Located in the prestigious Eureka Valley neighborhood is this architecturally designed home that offers luxury living at its finest with captivating views of the city.Be immersed in grandeur as soon as you walk through the door with floor to ceiling windows, 3 living areas, 4 generous bedrooms, a modern office, and glamorous outdoor living with an upper patio and a sprawling yard.Walk just 5 mins to restaurants, bars, cafes and parks or drive into the heart of Downtown just 2 miles away.The Space:Come and see this stunning designer home that offers all of life’s luxuries and everything you ...
from $617 / night
San Mateo County
Vacation Rental • 2002 ft² • 2 Bedrooms
Escape the fog and enjoy the sunshine in this custom-built "cabin-feel" house in a secluded setting with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a huge secluded backyard, and LOTs of space. This house is about 10 min driving from the SFO airport and 20 min driving (or a short Uber ride) from downtown San Francisco. You can see the Bay Bridge from your balcony or while you relax in the hot tub.Guest Access:Guests will have access to all common areas like the kitchen, patio, media room, dining area, and living room while sleeping arrangements will be set up on the top floor of the house. As per city ordinan...
from $547 / night

Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices Central Coast

$348for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
$491 annual average
Average price per week

Vacation rentals availability Central Coast

37%for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
45% annual average
Percentage of available rentals

Vacation rentals in Central Coast

A coastal region worth exploring

California’s Central Coast region stretches around 200 miles between San Francisco to just northwest of Los Angeles. Its year-round mild climate, abundance of vineyards, and uncrowded sandy beaches make it one of California’s most popular vacation destination regions. This region is home to endless hiking trails, hot springs, charming small towns, and wineries. It’s the perfect place to spend a family summer vacation, a girls' winery tour, or a romantic couple's getaway on the beach.

Finding your perfect Central Coast vacation rental

Choose from a variety of rentals for every type of traveler on the Central Coast. Rentals in this region are modern in design-style with up-to-date appliances, comfortable furnishings, and charming decor. Large groups and families can choose from a variety of oversized rentals with several bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Cozy, charming rentals are available for couples and smaller groups. Opt for a rental with a blooming garden and green yard space for a quiet, peaceful stay. Rentals with pools are available to splash around in during the warmer months. Stay in a rental nestled along the coastline with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. With so many fantastic rental options, you may decide to never leave the Central Coast!

Vacations in Central Coast

The area and getting around

Arriving in the Central Coast

If you’ll be arriving by plane, the best option is to fly into one of the major airports in San Francisco or Los Angeles and drive north or south along Highway 1 to reach the Central Coast. This is the best option because there are no major airports on the Central Coast, only regional airports. If you wish to fly directly to the central coast, you can fly into the small regional San Luis Obispo airport. Car rental companies are available at all major airports and cities.

Getting around Central Coast

It is highly recommended to have a car during your time on the Central Coast. The vast majority of points of interest and attractions are far apart from each other and require driving along Highway 1. Aside from hiking trails, there are not many walkable points in this region. However, many of the small towns and cities along the coast have small downtown areas which are walkable.

Travelers and activities

Central Coast for nature lovers

Central Coast is the perfect destination for nature lovers seeking a vacation away from crowded and commercialized cities. Head to the scenic and beautiful Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, where you can swim, snorkel, scuba dive, hike, and kayak around the area. The park is also home to a diverse wildlife population which includes seals, sea lions, elephant seals, and sea otters. Outdoor enthusiasts should also pay a visit to Oro State Park which is known for its endless coastal walking trails along the shorelines, rocky cliffs, and sandy beaches.

Central Coast for families

The Central Coast is an excellent destination for families of all ages with a wide variety of activities and attractions. Head to Monarch Butterfly Grove where over 10,000 monarch butterflies migrate annually. Walk through the eucalyptus groves covered in thousands of fluttering butterflies. The best time to visit is between October and February, when the butterflies have migrated south for the winter months. Monterey Bay Aquarium is situated in the historic Cannary Row of the city of Monterey. Here you can observe a variety of sea life including penguins, sea otters, sharks, sea turtles and more. The spectacular live exhibits offer hours of fun and entertainment for families of all ages!

The Central Coast was originally inhabited by Native Americans since around 10,000 B.C.

Top 5 travel tips in Central Coast

1. Visit Cayucos Beach

Of all the many beaches on the Central Coast, Cayucos Beach is considered one of the most beautiful. With its 6-mile stretch of coastline, powdery white sands, swimmable waters, and surfable waves, this idyllic beach is not to be missed. The famed and picturesque Morro Rock, a nearly 600-foot tall volcanic magma formation, is also found here. The charming small town of Cayucos is perfect for exploring with its many unique boutiques, shops, cozy cafés, and fantastic restaurants.

2. Go wine tasting at the region’s many wineries

This region of California is famed for its abundance of vineyards and wineries. You can either book a wine tour with a tour company or you can do your own wine tour if you have a rental car. Ancient Peaks Winery and Bianchi Winery are some of the top-rated wineries in this region which aren’t to be missed.

3. Visit Shell Beach

Set in the city of Pismo, Shell Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. It is home to incredible rock formations, sandy shores, and calm waters. It’s also a popular place to launch a kayak or to paddleboard, which is the best way to explore the many sea caves.

4. Roadtrip along the Big Sur Coast highway

No vacation to the Central Coast is complete without experiencing the beauty of the famed Highway 1. Start at Big Sur and give yourself plenty of time to stop at the many vista points along the way. There are also several small walking paths that lead to the beach along this stunning coastal road.

5. Visit Channel Islands National Park

The channel islands consist of eight archipelago islands off the coast of Ventura and Santa Barbara. There are regular ferries and planes leaving from the mainland to the islands. Each of the islands offers hiking trails, wildlife, spanning landscapes, and a peaceful atmosphere close to nature and away from the crowded cities and towns on the mainland.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Central Coast

On average, what was the cost for vacation rentals in Central Coast last year?

Last year, rentals in Central Coast had an annual average cost of around $492 per night.

During which months are vacation rentals cheaper in Central Coast?

Those who want to save as much as possible visit Central Coast in February, March, or January, the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of $404, $449, and $462 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.

In which months is it more expensive to rent a vacation rental in Central Coast?

When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Central Coast, the months when you will pay the most are, in order of highest to lowest, September, November and August, with average prices per night of $523, $519, and $516, respectively.

Should I plan a trip to Central Coast well in advance?

If you decide to put Central Coast on your bucket list, we suggest organizing your visit well in advance because it tends to be very high in demand, with an annual average of 82% of rentals booked the previous year.

What time of the year can I find more available vacation rentals?

The months that offer the most accommodation options are, on average, May (with an availability of 43%), June (30%), and January (20%), according to the trends observed in the prior year.

When will it be harder to find an available vacation rental in Central Coast?

During this period, the availability is very low (9%). It is therefore recommended to book early.

How many rentals are there in Central Coast?

Holidu collaborates with 8 different partners to give you a choice between 5,900 properties we have in Central Coast.

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