The California you've been looking for

Embrace life outside the rat race with the best of California at your doorstep

As locals will tell you, quality of life on the Central Coast is unmatched.

Between the coast, the mountains, world-class wine country, celebrated downtowns, lively arts and good schools, we’ve got the lifestyle you’re looking for.


miles of coastline, with endless beaches to explore


weekly farmers markets


wineries and tasting rooms


acres of protected open space/parkland


breweries, cideries and distilleries


miles of hiking and biking trails

Surf before work. Bike to the office. Hike on your lunch break. Get home for a sunset cocktail.

Spend time doing what you love, not stuck in traffic

  • 21.1 minute average commute time, 29% lower than state average, 36% lower than Bay Area average
  • Fewer commutes over an hour long (21%) than state average (34%), LA (35%) and Bay Area (37%)
  • More people living and working in the same county (50%) than Bay Area counties (22-31%) and Orange County (42%)
Mountain bikers looking over the coastline

One region, many communities

The Central Coast encompasses two counties, 15 cities and dozens of unincorporated communities, each with its own distinct character and advantages. Explore the opportunities each has to offer.

map of central coast communities

Discover life on the Central Coast

Get a taste of the adventures, amenities and happenings that await on the Central Coast from our regional tourism partners.

Ready to dive in further? Find visitor guides for communities from north to south.

Community Snapshot

Key data in an interactive + sharable infographic. Change Geography to drill down into city, county, community and subregion-level data.

Compare our communities with others across the region, state and country

Start with a Central Coast locale then choose anywhere in the country to compare it with.