Coastal Traveler of California

Santa Cruz - California Central CoastCoastal travelers and vacationers will find that California has one of the most beautiful and breathtaking coastlines in the United States. The three major coastal areas are the Northern Coast, Central Coast and Southern Coast. There are beautiful cities, towns, attractions and scenic views all along these coastal areas.


California Northern Coast

California's Northern Coast is located along the Pacific Ocean and runs from the Northern Coast Redwood Forestsborder of Oregon down to the San Francisco Bay area. Some items of interest for travelers and vacationers are the numerous Redwood tree parks for hiking and camping, whale watching opportunities, visiting historic lighthouses, and experiencing the incredible wildlife and scenery. This area is a nature lovers paradise and is especially eco conscious. Many of the local stores specialize in organic clothing, foods, jewelry, body care products. Visitors to the Northern California Coast will also find plenty of lodging, attractions, arts, dining, and more.


California Central Coast

California's Central Coast is located in the area between the Montery Bay region in the north to the Channel Island Region in the south. Visitors can enjoy such attractions Monterey Bay Aquarium, white beaches at Carmel-by-the-Sea, many beautiful lighthouses, sightseeing on scenic Highway One through Big Sur, visiting a castle in San Simeon and wine tasting tours in Santa Barbara. Visitors will also find an abundance of places to stay from bed and breakfasts, RV/ Camping facilities, and vacation rentals, to full service ocean front resorts.


California Southern Coast

California's Southern Coast encompasses an area often referred to as "SoCal". It Huntington Beach Pierruns along the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles County in the North to San Diego County in the South. The Southern Coast is ideal for vacations as it features world famous Southern California beaches such as Santa Monica, Venice, and Manhattan beaches in Los Angeles, and Newport and Huntington beaches in Orange County. Vacationers can also enjoy Griffith Observatory, Getty Museum, numerous theme parks, Catalina Island, La Jolla Cove, and Seaworld in San Diego. Visitors will find no shortage of places to stay ranging from budget motels to world class luxury suites on the beach. Dining options are seemingly limitless, priced within every budget and offering tastes from around the world.


California Coastal Map

This map gives you a general idea of where the 3 coastal regions are located geographically.

California Coastal Area Map


Many of the lodging, dining, and shopping establishments in the coastal regions have gift cards that you can purchase or redeem for their goods and services. If you have received a gift card and you need to find out your gift card balance, you can check it at A couple of gift cards for breakfasts, lunches or dinners can help cut your vacation costs and make your trips more enjoyable. Now you know what to ask for your birthday!