Hotels In California Coast
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CALIFORNIA’S COAST offers the quintessential road trip experience in a region that stretches from friendly Santa Cruz in the north to balmy Santa Barbara in the south. Iconic Highway 1 meanders along the coast, hugging the cliff and crossing dramatic canyons before swooping through dense forests. Stop for lunch in small coastal towns, or find a sandy cove to break the journey for a while. Take a short detour inland to find California’s wine country, hike through the pines of the Ventana Wilderness Area and find true Americana in the small villages and friendly people that call this region home.
Boasting a fantastic beach and plenty of water sports, surfers and sunbathers alike flock to Santa Cruz. Spend some time enjoying the amusements on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, check out the town’s dedicated Surfing Museum or head to the beautiful coastal scenery at nearby Natural Bridges State Park.
California’s original capital is a relaxed seaside town with year-round whale watching and John Steinbeck’s historic Cannery Row. Visit the old Fisherman’s Wharf to explore Monterey’s rich marine heritage, enjoy fresh seafood in the town’s restaurants and explore the fascinating Monterey Bay Aquarium.
This pretty town offers boutique shops, independent cafés and cosy restaurants. Tree-lined Ocean Avenue leads down to the Pacific and a picturesque sandy beach. Stretching around the Monterey peninsula from nearby Pebble Beach, scenic 17 Mile Drive is the best ways to experience the dramatic coastline.
Jagged cliffs tumble into the surf along this stunning stretch of Highway 1. The meandering road hugs the cliff, crosses dramatic canyons and affords breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Stop off en route at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, where a spectacular 80 foot waterfall plunges into the ocean.
Cambria’s cliffs are the perfect spot for whale watching and the picturesque pine forests provide plenty of excellent walking opportunities. The historic lighthouse and elephant seals of Piedras Blancas and the intriguing Hearst Castle are within easy reach of this seaside town.
A 30 minute drive from Cambria, across a mountain pass, is the region’s wine growing capital. Over 200 vineyards are spread across the surrounding hills and the town itself features many wine tasting rooms around the historic main square.
San Luis Obispo
Enjoy great bars and restaurants in this relaxed, bohemian town. Explore the Spanish colonial history with a visit to the white-washed Mission, considered one of California’s most beautiful churches, or take a hike through the picturesque hills of the surrounding Santa Lucia range.
With its long beach, selection of restaurants and activities from surfing to golf, this relaxed resort town is great for couples and families alike. Take a stroll along the impressive wooden pier and meet some of the town’s resident pelicans.
Just 2 hours from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara boasts a balmy climate, swaying palm trees and a strong Spanish influence. State Street offers a wide selection of shops, bars, restaurants and wine rooms whilst the quieter harbour area is home to the picturesque marina as well as historic Stearns Wharf. Santa Barbara is also famed for its laidback surf culture and fantastic beaches.
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