Central California offers a breezy retirement lifestyle that active adults can't get enough of.

Central California is one of the popular retirement destinations for active adults. The region offers breathtaking views of the ocean, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, and a variety of recreational attractions. Central California stretches about 350 miles between Los Angeles and San Francisco, making it a picturesque region that not only provides scenic views but also has great active adult communities.


Retirees will love Central California’s climate because it offers warmer temperatures with dry summers and rainy winters.


The largest cities in Central California include Fresno, Modesto, Salinas, Visalia, and Turlock. California’s Central Coast has four distinct regions: Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and the Channel Islands.

Each region provides its own set of attractions and unique landscapes that range from stunning beaches and rocky shorelines to rolling hills and picturesque mountains. This region is also known for its lush vineyards where retirees can find numerous wineries for some of the country’s best vintages.

Monterey Bay

The Monterey Bay region, which lies along the southern edge of San Francisco, is home to popular cities like Monterey, Carmel, and Salinas and feature exciting attractions like top-notch Monterey Aquarium and Cannery Row. Monterey is known to provide some great surf spots and water sports in Big Sur and Santa Cruz. Outdoor enthusiasts will also have great hiking trails to explore throughout the beautiful redwood forests. Retirees will also find quaint art galleries in Carmel and historic charm in downtown Salinas.

The Channel Islands

In the Channel Islands region, which is situated in the southernmost part of California’s Central Coast, retirees will find beautiful coastal cities like Oxnard and Ventura. The area is rich in agriculture and is home to a variety of small farms and vineyards.

It is also home to many historic districts as well as the Los Padres National Forest. Halfway between LA and San Francisco, the San Luis Obispo region offers everything from tranquil parks, sandy beaches, and breathtaking ocean vistas that allow retirees to remain active outdoors and enjoy a variety of recreation. This area is known for the popular Hearst Castle and for the classic surf town of Pismo Beach that has amazing coastal bluffs.

Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara region, which is sometimes known as the American Riviera, enjoys a Mediterranean climate and has many neighborhoods that boast luxurious homes with distinct Spanish architectural styles. Active adults will find a variety of beautiful beaches and world-class shopping and dining as well as art galleries, museums, and wineries, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Maria Wine Country, and Santa Ynez Valley.

Communities In Central California

Active adults looking for new construction within a 55+ or active lifestyle community will find that and much more throughout Central California. Some communities have no age-restriction but offer a low-maintenance lifestyle for retirees, such as Trilogy at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo. This community has new and resale homes that are priced starting in the high $500s. Builder Shea Homes plans to develop 1,350 residences upon completion and offers homeowners resort-style amenities like the 31,000 square-foot Monarch Club and the Monarch Dunes Golf Club.

Kern City in Bakersfield is an established 55+ community with 1,024 homes. It offers residents an exciting social atmosphere and rich indoor and outdoor amenities that keep homeowners busy and social throughout the year.

Another age-restricted community in Central California is Four Seasons at Bakersfield that will consist of just 490 homes at build out. Retirees can find reasonably priced homes starting in the high $100s and feature single-story living, luxurious first-floor master suites, modern kitchens, open layouts, and low-maintenance exteriors.

While Central California is famous for its beautiful landscapes, exciting regions, great attractions, and desirable climate, retirees will flock to this area for the wide selection of active adult communities that offer everything they could want or need in this stunning retirement destination.