Central Coast State Park Overview
California State Parks are responsible for almost a third of California's scenic coastline. CA State Parks on the Central Coast include underwater preserves, parks, redwood forest, plant and wildlife reserves, state beaches, recreation areas, wilderness areas and lighthouses. Below you'll find a list of popular CA State Parks and ones we personally recommend from Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz to El Capitan in Santa Barbara. Camping in California is a popular activity with RV parks, redwoods, beaches and conveniences like flush toilets, running water and firewood.
An entry fee is required at almost all California State Parks. It may be beneficial to purchase a yearly California State Park Pass if planning to make multiple visits to CA State Parks. Several discounts are available including passes for Day Use, Veterans, Handicapped, Surfing, Seniors and more.