Signed, Seal-ed, Delivered

Signed, Seal-ed, Delivered

San Simeon’s elephant seals provide some of the Central Coast’s best (free!) entertainment

By Michele Roest

Elephant seals are creatures of extremes. From their massive size to the depths of their dives, these mammals live to go big. Most elephant seals haul out on islands, but there are some spots where they come to the mainland in substantial numbers. One such spot is the Piedras Blancas Rookery, located in northern San Luis Obispo County just 5 miles north of Hearst Castle State Historical Monument©.

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Where to watch: Wildlife through the seasons

Where to watch: Wildlife through the seasons

By Michele Roest

No matter what time of year you visit 
the Central Coast, the area is rich with wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach

Beach life is the best life. Especially on a warm summer evening.

From the dramatic outcroppings of Shell Beach to the watersports haven of Surfer’s Point, 
our sun-drenched Central Coast offers some of the best stretches of beach in California.

Let photographer Chris Meugniot inspire your next visit with these knock-out images.

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Cruise the Cannabis Coast

Cruise the Cannabis Coast

By Barbara Verde

“I can’t smell any cannabis, can you?” whispered one silver-haired woman to another as we waited outside Coastal Blooms farm in Carpinteria, on a particularly blustery Monday. I discreetly lifted my nose up and sniffed the air, bloodhound-style. Even though I was standing in the parking lot right outside of a 12-acre cannabis farm, I couldn’t smell a thing. I was a little perplexed, considering I can’t even hide the smell of the CBD oil I stash in my kitchen cupboard (anyone hungry for some Cheech and Chong Cheerios?)

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Central Coast Sleeps

Central Coast Sleeps

By Tiobe Barron

When it comes to scenic, relaxing, unique and luxurious hotels and inns, the Central Coast has an embarrassment of riches. Whether you have a yen to stay somewhere romantic, contemporary and hip, retro and funky, or comfy and cozy, you get your pick of the hospitality industry’s creme de la creme in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Here’s a selection of Central California gems we love.

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