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As a midway point between the “Nor Cal” and “So Cal” cultures and amenities, California’s Central Coast embodies its own unique ambiance. Amazing wineries, historic landmarks and scenic beaches are just a few of the gems you’ll find in Central California, and most of the coastal communities make amazing vacation destinations.

If you prefer a unique vacation rental to a standard hotel stay (related: best beach hotels & resorts of Central California), you’re in luck – this area has plenty of one-of-a-kind accommodations. These are a few of our favorites.

Sleep In A Sailboat On Morro Bay

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Fall asleep to the sounds of Morro Bay when you stay aboard the Maya. This beautiful boat has two state rooms that can accommodate four adults and two kids, a kitchen and dining area, and a full bathroom. Though it rents for $895 per night, the rate includes a harbor tour in the boat, a gourmet breakfast, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Plus, the views are unbeatable.

Stay In An Immaculate Penthouse Steps From The Ocean

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You’ll be mere steps away from Pismo State Beach when you stay at this two-bedroom, two-bath condo. Sunbathe on one of your three private balconies or enjoy a home-cooked meal in the luxurious dining area. The going rate is $374 per night with a two night minimum (though you’ll want to stay forever).

Check Out The Hobbit House In Cambria

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The Hobbit House, otherwise known as “the pub,” is a one-bedroom guest house on a beautiful property in Cambria. Perfect for a quiet getaway for two, this home has a private outdoor shower, a flatscreen TV and a friendly dog on the property. The cabin rents for $110 per night.

Tower Over The Carmel Valley

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Enjoy a romantic retreat with your special someone (or embark on a solo escape) at this converted water tower. This glorified glamping experience includes a comfortable Queen bed, a microwave and mini stove, a private bath in a nearby barn on the property, and an amazing secluded patio. You’ll have panoramic views of Garland Park, and Carmel City Beach is 11 miles away.

You’ll Flip Your Fins For This Mermaid Cabin

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Located a short 10 minute walk from the beach in Morro Bay, this studio cabin has an aquatic theme any mermaid-lover will appreciate. Amenities include a toaster oven, a coffee pot, a yoga mat and plenty of outdoor space to relax or meditate. The mermaid cabin rents for $85 nightly.

Sleep Next To The Oak Trees In This Avila Beach Treehouse

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Located four blocks from the ocean in Avila Beach, this treehouse has all the comforts of home: A full bedroom with a Queen bed, a common area room, a bathroom, WiFi, a mini fridge, microwave, and a coffee maker and tea service. The entrance room as a second small bed, so the treehouse can comfortably accommodate three guests. The nightly rate here is $149.

Wherever you end up staying, make sure you allow yourself enough time to explore San Luis Obispo.