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Rocky Point, on the Big Sur coast, south of Carmel

Don Bain's 360° Panoramas of

Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and the Central Coast

Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties, California



The central California coast, as I have defined it here, runs from Santa Cruz County in the north to Point Conception in Santa Barbara County.

Many of the state's most famous and popular tourist destinations can be found here, ranging from old-fashioned fun on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, to the historic town of Monterey, to religous retreats on the rugged Big Sur coast. The scenery is consistently spectacular, with cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, mile-high mountains, and a few beach towns. State parks and beaches protect much of the coast, and there is not a single highrise building along its 280-mile length.


Choose one of the localities from the Table of Contents below to see thumbnail images of the panoramas.
Table of Contents
Santa Cruz Mountains
Portola Redwoods State Park
Butano State Park
Castle Rock State Park
Big Basin State Park
Waddell Creek in Big Basin State Park
Felton
Henry Cowell Redwoods
Santa Cruz
Wilder Ranch Historic Site
Natural Bridges State Beach
West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz Wharf
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Mission
South of Downtown Santa Cruz
Capitola
Seacliff and New Brighton Beaches
Sunset and Manresa State Beaches
North of Monterey
Moss Landing
Elkhorn Slough
Castroville
Marina, Fort Ord, and Seaside
Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Monterey
North Monterey
Monterey Harbor
Custom House Plaza in Monterey
Pacific House in Monterey
Downtown Monterey
Uptown Monterey
Colton Hall in Monterey
Royal Presidio Chapel at Monterey
Fisherman's Cove Monterey
Cannery Row
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove Shoreline
Downtown Pacific Grove
Lovers Point
Point Piños
Asilomar State Conference Grounds
Pebble Beach and the 17-Mile Drive
The 17-Mile Drive
Cypress Point on the 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach
Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ocean Avenue
Scenic Road
Carmel River Beach
Mission Ranch in Carmel
Carmel Mission (Mission San Carlos Borromeo)
Point Lobos
Granite Point at Point Lobos
Whalers Cove at Point Lobos
Cannery Point at Whalers Cove
Bluefish Cove on the North Shore Trail
North Shore Trail at Point Lobos
Allan Memorial Cypress Grove at Point Lobos
Pinnacle Viewpoint at Point Lobos
Sea Lion Point at Point Lobos
Point Lobos South of Sea Lion Point
Bird Island Trail at Point Lobos
North of Point Sur
Carmel Highlands
Garrapata State Park
Rocky Point
Bixby Creek and Hurricane Point
Big Sur
Point Sur and the Point Sur Lighthouse
Andrew Molera State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Mount Manuel
Pfeiffer Beach
Nepenthe to the Nacimiento Road
Posts Summit and Nepenthe
Partington Ridge and Cove
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Big Creek and Esalen
Lucia on the Big Sur Coast
New Camaldoli Hermitage
Limekiln Creek
Kirk Creek Campground
Vicente Flat Trail
Nacimiento Road
Cone Peak Above the Big Sur Coast
South of the Nacimiento Road
Sand Dollar Beach
Plaskett Point and Jade Cove
Willow Creek and Gorda
Southernmost Redwoods
Salmon Creek and Salmon Creek Falls
Northern San Luis Obispo Coast
Ragged Point
San Carpoforo
Point Piedras Blancas
San Simeon
San Simeon Creek
Cambria
Harmony Headlands State Park
Cayucos
Morro Bay Area
Morro Rock
Morro Bay
Morro Bay State Park
Los Osos Oaks
Montaña de Oro State Park
Point Buchon Trail
Pismo Beach and South
Pecho Coast Trail
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Avila Bay and Avila Beach
Shell Beach
Pismo Beach
Oceano
Arroyo Grande
Oso Flaco Dunes Trail
Guadalupe Dunes and Point Sal
Vandenburg Air Force Base and Lompoc
Jalama Beach

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