Moon Santa Barbara & the Central Coast
By Stuart Thornton
Second Edition, April 2014
Price: $17.99 USD
Travel writer Stuart Thornton introduces you to the best of Santa Barbara and California’s Central Coast, from Santa Barbara’s stunning Spanish architecture to Ventura’s treasure-filled thrift shops. A longtime resident of the Central Coast, Thornton has plenty of unique trip strategies to offer, as well as helpful tips on the best beaches, affordable eats, campgrounds, and more. Complete with inside information on enjoying the California Avocado Festival, sipping wine at the 16 wine tasting rooms on the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, and catching some rays on Pismo Beach, Moon Santa Barbara & the Central Coast gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Santa Barbara and the Central Coast
Enjoy the very best of Santa Barbara and the Central Coast with these itineraries:
- The Best of Santa Barbara and the Central Coast
- On a Mission
- Cheap Eats
- Wine Tasting
- Best Beaches
- Coastal Recreation
Explore what Santa Barbara and the Central Coast has to offer.
Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Wine Country including Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley
- Ventura and Ojai including Heritage Valley
- The Channel Islands including Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island, Santa Rosa Island, San Miguel Island, and Santa Barbara Island
- San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles including Avila Beach and Pismo Beach
- Cambria, San Simeon, and Morro Bay
Stuart Thornton fell in love with the California coast while working at the Big Sur Ranger Station after college. At work, he provided visitors with all sorts of information about the region, from the best places to camp to the best meal in the area. On his days off, he took his own advice and regularly sought out the best spots for hiking, backpacking, surfing, and snorkeling along that striking coastal region.
Stuart later moved to nearby Monterey to become a staff writer for the Monterey County Weekly. He now works as a freelance writer for a range of publications, from National Geographic Education to Relix Magazine.
While researching and writing this book, Stuart rode the revered waves of Rincon, ducked aggressive nesting gulls during a trip to Anacapa Island, experienced Ojai’s pink moment at sunset, and learned about biodynamic winemaking.
He spends his time off searching for the next great secluded beach, quirky coastal attraction, or uncrowded wave.