Continue along the Central Coast and enter Santa Barbara County with a visit to the little known and hidden Jalama Beach. The town offers a great park with gorgeous views, charming sundries stores, and plenty of activities: picnicking, fishing, whale watching, bird watching, and more. The burger at Jalama Beach Store and Grill is notorious, as well, so arrive hungry.
Then, kitsch things up by visiting Ostrichland in Santa Barbara, where you’ll see not only ostriches but emus, other large feathered friends, and their babies. Buy feed and then hold on tight, because these birds are not only strong but rather... assertive. It’s as close as you’re going to get to a real dinosaur since the La Brea tar pits aren’t old enough to have trapped any.
For nourishment, there’s nothing like experiencing the tri-tip sandwiches at Cold Spring Tavern in Santa Barbara, which are prepared over an open flame only on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Enjoy while listening to live music at this historic restaurant with rustic vibe, which was established in 1865.
Take this trip further south and into the final stop of the Central Coast. Book a wine safari at Saddlerock Ranch, where you can enjoy wine tastings, cheese & charcuterie boards or even a full-on lunch, and visit & pet exotic animals like Stanley the giraffe. (Hi, Stanley!)