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Tours & Tastings
The Central Coast is a vast area offering plenty of options to go wine tasting; from the picturesque Santa Cruz mountains down through the Salinas Valley through downtown Santa Barbara.More
Hotels & Resorts
You'll find plenty of luxury-class resorts, hotel chains, bed and breakfast options and rooms and homes available on AirBnb.More
Bars & Restaurants
Enjoy fresh-of-the-boat seafood at the many restaurants in historic Monterey to authentic Mexican in Paso Robles to some of the best sushi you'll ever experience in Santa Ynez. Central Coast wine country offers plenty of options for even the most discerning foodie in your group.More
Transportation & Tour Companies
Leave the driving to a local professional driver and get the inside scope of where to go and what to skip. Uber is available, but expect long delays to hail a ride.More
Things to Do
Visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a tour of historic Hearst Castle or simply enjoy a day at one of the many beaches in Monterey, Morro Bay and Pismo Beach, one of the few beaches remaining where you can drive your car right onto the beach.More
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Central Coast's seasons
Know what the best season is to visit Central Coast and what to wear.
(December - February) With the coastal influence of the Central Coast wine country, the winters are enjoyable, but can get cold because the inland valleys can be shielded from the onshore winds. Winter is the slowest time of the year where daytime temps range from 30-55 degrees, so we recommend you dress in layers.
(March - May) As Spring arrives, so do the temperatures. Spring awashes the hillsides in green and the vineyards become to life, showing their foliage in late April. Spring is also "release" season where most wineries begin offering their latest vintages with special parties and experiences. Reservations are recommended as many of the local wineries are small and offer limited space.
(June - August) Summer can offer temperatures from 65-95 degrees at times depending on the elevations you plan on visiting. We recommend you drink a lot of water and enjoy yourself as wineries offer many different tour and tasting events to choose from. Reservations are strongly recommended starting mid-June.
(September - November) Fall is harvest season in the Central Coast wine country, offering temperatures that range from 70 - 85 in September/October to cooler temps in November. This is the busiest time of the year as wineries host harvest parties. Most tasting rooms are small, so space is limited. Plan ahead if you want a really enjoy this region. Reservations are required.
Central Coast's travel tips
Traveling to Central Coast
- If you want to tour through the Monterey-area wine country, you'll want to fly into Monterey Regional Airport (MRY). If you are visiting the Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo areas we recommend you fly into San Luis Obispo (SBP) and for Santa Barbara, the largest of the regional airports with the most options is Santa Barbara Airport (SBA).
- If you are already in one of the local areas, there's a few different transportation companies that can get you around from popular ride sharing apps. Private shuttles can be hired to get you to and from the airport and on your daily excursions.
- Being the region is vast, there are no public options available to travel throughout the region, but there are local shuttles in Monterey, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara.
About Central Coast
With more than 600 wineries in the region, the Central Coast has quickly risen to the top of rock star status for producing premium-quality Rhône varietals. With plenty of festivals happening in the summer months, the area has peak travel months from late June through early October.