Central Coast Visitor Information

Santa Barbara County

Set against a backdrop of mountains, gardens, and sea, Santa Barbara is renowned world-wide for its charm and beauty. The town bustles with waterfront restaurants, hotels, and historic buildings, such as the 1786 Santa Barbara Mission. Bikers, skaters, and riders in four-wheel surreys share the paved walkways along Santa Barbara’s waterfront. The view from Stearns Wharf reveals 30 miles of white-sand beaches.

Inland, San Luis Obispo, offers small-town appeal, wineries, and a weekly Farmer’s Market. To the northwest, Morro Bay features Morro Rock, an old volcanic dome. Cayucos and Cambria, former shipping ports, are situated on cliffs above the tide pools. Cambria features art galleries and shops. 8 miles north lies San Simeon with stunning Hearst Castle. Built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst, the flamboyant mansion includes 100 rooms, marble terraces, pools, and priceless paintings and sculptures.

Inland, on Hwy 101, visitors pass through Atascadero and Paso Robles before entering the agricultural Salinas Valley. Along the way, visit missions San Miguel, Soledad, and San Antonio de Padua. San Juan Bautista and its mission and state historic park take you back to the 19th century. South of Hollister, Pinnacles National Monument encompasses volcanic remnants. Hiking trails take you past fantastic rock formations and caves.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Santa Barbara Zoo
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Camp-California is concerned about the health and safety of our campers and adventurers. While camping and outdoor activities do offer the ability to self-isolate, we are encouraging all California residents and travelers to shelter in place until further notice. We recognize that getting outdoors is what you do best, and we will be here to reacquaint you with nature once we're cleared for adventure again!


Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.