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Carmel - Point Lobos http://pt-lobos.parks.state.ca.us/
Fishermans Warf - Montery
Moss Landing - Eat at Phill's Fish Market, and you will return. Best seafood on the central coast. http://www.philsfishmarket.com/
Capitola Village - Go to Margaritaville, or Zeldas and eat on a deck on the beach.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
If you want to see "Santa Cruz" Cruz "Westcliff Drive" (starts at the Boardwalk) you will see this: http://www.beachcalifornia.com/santa...ean-cliff.html
It's surfers domain, the big names. Lots o nice ladies too.
Oh yeah, sufers too
You should consider staying in Santa Cruz near Pacific ave, since anywhere north of santa cruz to SF is a little bit of a slower pace IMHO. Catch a HOT TUB on Pacific Ave. "Tea House Spa" $25 for a Private Tub for 1hr. Reserve it. It's Nice!
If your into live acts, Catalyst. Many bars (The Red Room) and restuarants (Vida Bistro) on Pacific Ave. Theaters Too. Gets a little roudy after about 11:00pm on Fri, Sat nights, but it's a memorable place to visit if you can handle a little fun.
Bonny Doon Winery- Nice twisties for about ~3miles getting there (Open at 11am).
Half moon Bay
I'm a central coast local and these are the hot spots. My two cents.
If you need a guide hit me up.