California’s Central Coast, Historical Missions

Photo by Jeffrey Greenberg

Between 1769 and 1823, twenty-one missions were built throughout California. Eleven are located in the Central Coast—the largest concentration of California missions—and many are still active churches. Why not take a road trip and see them all? Here is a list of California’s Central Coast missions by region:

CHANNEL ISLANDS REGION
San Buenaventura: Founded by Padre Junipero Serra in 1782, it is the ninth California Mission. 211 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001. More information here.

SANTA BARBARA REGION
Santa Barbara: Founded by Padre Fermín de Lasuén in 1786, it is the tenth California Mission. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Missions”. 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. More Information here.

Santa Ines: Founded by Padre Estéban Tápis in 1804, it is the nineteenth California Mission. Known as “The Mission of the Passes” for its location between Santa Barbara and Lompoc. 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463. More information here.

La Purísima Concepción: Founded by Padre Fermín de Lasuén in 1787, it is the eleventh California Mission. 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436. For information here.

SAN LUIS OBISPO REGION
San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: Founded by Padre Junipero Serra in 1772, it is the fifth California Mission. 751 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. More information here.

San Miguel: Founded by Padre Fermín de Lasuén in 1797, it is the sixteenth California Mission. 775 Mission Street, San Miguel, CA 93451. More information here.

MONTEREY REGION
San Antonio de Padua: Founded by Padre Junipero Serra in 1771, it is the third California Mission. More information here.

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad: Founded by Padre Fermín de Lasuén in 1791, it is the thirteenth California Mission. 36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad, CA 93960. More information here.

San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo: Founded by Padre Junipero Serra in 1770, it is the second California Mission. Known as “The Crown Jewel” of the mission system. 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923. More information here.

San Juan Bautista: Founded by Padre Fermín de Lasuén in 1797, it is the fifteenth California Mission. It was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, Vertigo. 2nd & Mariposa Streets, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045. More information here.

Santa Cruz: Founded by Padre Fermín de Lasuén in 1791, it is the twelfth California Mission. 126 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. More information here.

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