California's Central Coast may be pricier than other regions in the country, but it's also one of the most picturesque and sought after parts of the country.

Stretching for approximately 350 miles between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s Central Coast is paradise for active adult retirees. Exciting recreational attractions offer a wide range of activities, while ocean views and blue skies provide plenty of scenic beauty. There are even several active adult communities for those who want a more luxurious retirement destination.


California’s Central Coast is often described as containing four distinct regions: The Channel Islands, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Bay. Each area has its own attractions, which include beautiful beaches as well as rolling hills and majestic mountain views. The Central Coast also has a growing reputation for its thriving vineyards, making it a dream location for oenophiles.

The Four Regions of the Central Coast 

In the southernmost portion of California’s Central Coast, the Channel Islands Region includes the coastal cities of Oxnard and Ventura. The area is also a rich agricultural region which features small farms and vineyards. Historic districts promote the local arts scene and outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring Los Padres National Forest.

A bit further up the coast, the Santa Barbara Region boasts a Mediterranean climate which appeals to both visitors and relocating active adult retirees. This area is known for its extravagant homes and exciting Spanish influence. Art lovers will not want to miss a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and everyone can appreciate the beauty of the Santa Maria Wine Country.

About halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the San Luis Obispo Region offers everything from outdoor recreations to historic sites and tours. The San Luis Obispo area is home to the famous Hearst Castle, the classic Pismo Beach surf town and breathtaking coastal bluffs.

At the most northern end of California’s Central Coast, the Monterey Bay Region lies just south of San Francisco. This well-known area includes some of California’s most popular attractions including impressive redwood forests, the cliffs of Big Sur and the artistic atmosphere of Carmel. Monterey Bay also includes Cannery Row and the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is in Nipomo, which is 45 miles north of Santa Barbara along the California coast. The surrounding area takes full advantage of the year-round beautiful weather and offers many outdoor activities.

Retirees who choose to relocate along California’s Central Coast will find a variety of luxurious active adult communities. Many developments in the area are open to all ages, yet they offer the amenities and activities which support a healthy, active lifestyle.

Active Adult Communities of the Central Coast 

As one of the Central Coast’s more affordable active adult communities, Blacklake is a popular Nipomo golf community which welcomes residents of all ages. A variety of residences include single-family homes, attached homes, and condominiums. Though the largest homes are priced well over $1 million, condominiums begin in the mid-$200,000s.

Those who prefer a larger community will be impressed by the amenities and homes offered at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes by Shea Homes. Upon completion, this luxurious golf community will include 1,671 fabulous single-family homes.

At the other end of the spectrum, retirees who desire an intimate community will feel right at home in Arroyo Grande’s Cypress Ridge community. Whether visiting or relocating, active adult retirees are sure to love California’s spectacular Central Coast. Book a trip today to begin planning tomorrow’s retirement dream.