The Central California Coast is a long special coastline that stretches for many miles between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The counties along this coast include Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Santa Cruz. Driving the Central Coast south to north starts on Pacific Coast Highway in northern LA County and continues along Highway 1 all the way to San Mateo County. Along this stunning scenic drive there are over 250 named beaches of all shapes and sizes. The popularity of coastal road trips through this region is easy to understand when you consider that it includes the American Riviera in Santa Barbara, the stunning Big Sur Coast, and the endless sand of Monterey Bay.