The Pacific Coast Highway is America’s dream drive, offering stunning coastal views along almost all of its twisting 1,000-mile route from California’s northern border with Oregon to its southern boundary with Mexico. Read more for the most breath taking cliff-hugging roadtrip!
Thursday, 25 july: San Francisco – Carmel
Distance: 185 km/ 115 miles
Byeeeee San Francisco and hello Pacific Coast highway 1! Leaving San Francisco, you’ll hit the mission town and stretches of surf beach all the while hugging the precipitous cliff-hugging road. It’s not a vast distance, so you can take it all in at a nice, leisurely pace. The crashing waves against the Pacific Ocean Highway are particularly breathtaking. Encounters with lazing elephant seals and handsome surfers. First we stopped by Carmel-by-the-sea. Carmel offers an undulating stretch of art galleries the remnants of a bohemian neighborhood established in the late 1800s. We stayed in a hotel Stevenson, a good hotel to stay for one night haha but across the street their was a good Chinese restaurant, called China Garden. They have so many choices and the service was very quick. We ordered the family style dinner (B) which includes hot and sour soup, rice, sweet and sour chicken, beef dishes, fried prawns and a pork dish. The food comes out lightening fast. It makes us feel at home sharing and just hanging out and at the end we got an fortune cookie with a note: If you want people to like you, like yourself first. I like that one!
Friday, 26 July: Carmel – Ventura
Drive distance: 439 km/273 Miles
Leaving Monterey via 101 and California 1 Via Big Sur. The Big Sur is more a state of mind than a place you can pinpoint on a map. There are no traffic lights, banks or strip malls, and when the sun goes down, the moon and the stars are the only streetlights if summer’s dense fog hasn’t extinguished them, that is. Much ink has been spilled extolling the raw beauty and energy of this precious piece of land shoehorned between the Santa Lucia Range and the Pacific Ocean.
After we took some great pictures here we drove to Cayucos. It is known for it’s fishing pier, beautiful beach and historical buildings. Many of the buildings left over from the prospering old town still stands as a variety of shops such as restaurants, antique stores, and speciality items. There were picnic tables, play equipment, restrooms, and outside showers available. We were one hour at the beach to relax and then we drove further to Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. I loved Santa Barbara the most it’s such a cozy city where I want to stay forever. The surfers, skaters, the pier, the weather, the restaurants, I like it all so much, even though we stayed for only 2 hours in Santa Barbara. We ate at the pier some fish and chips (YUM my favorite cheat meal). Unfortunately we had to drive to our next hotel in Ventura. Well not unfortunately because Ventura was also a lovely place, but to be honest Santa Barbara was more perfect! We stayed at a very nice hotel: Crown Plaza in Ventura, on the beach. I could wave to the handsome surfers from our balcony, haha. In the evening we walked to downtown Ventura, also a cozy city with a lot of bars and shops, there was even a UrbanOutfitters! We walked pass some funny 50’s diner, called: Busy Bee cafe. It does not get any better than this. The whole atmosphere is perfect from the table top jukeboxes to the waitresses in their Bobby socks and short skirt outfits. You have to try their milkshakes!
Saturday, 27 July: Ventura- Los Angeles
Drive Distance: 106 km/66 Miles
That morning the alarm rang at 6 o’clock because we wanted to spot some sea lions at the pier and YEEEY they were! For at least 5 sea lions say good morning to us and they were so cute especially the baby sea lion with his mother. Some surfers were also awake because the morning is the best time to surf. After we packed our bags we drove to our next stop Malibu Beach where we ate our lunch, but I had only eyes for those cute surfers! Then we drove to Santa Monicaaaa also one of my favorites spots. I absolutely adore the beach and the pier. Unfortunately we didn’t had the time to rent a beachcruiser and to bikeSanta Monica beach is filled with families and fun. Just like in the movies, beach cruisers, skateboarders, surfers and buzkers. I really like the atmosphere and relaxing time. We stayed at the hotel Crown Plaza Los Angeles Airport, a really nice hotel! After this long day we were so tired so we went to bed early. Zzzzzzz
Sunday, 28 July- Los Angeles
Drive distance: Zero
Last day of our beautiful road trip. We already visited the Walk of Fame so we went to Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive for a little shopping, well okay that’s not true the price labels were a litttttle bit above my budget haha. I also made quick some pictures from perfect houses in Beverly Hills, because I was afraid that a burglar alarm went off when I came too close to the houses. Then we went to a cousin of my mother, who lives just outside LA. He was so happy to see his family again! After we talked for a long time we decided to go to Venice Beach where we enjoyed the sunset. During the summer season and on weekends there is street entertainment at every intersection along Ocean Front Walk. Street performers include instrumental musicians, singers, jugglers, acrobats, mimes, comics, magicians, prophets, fortune tellers, and other assorted entertainers. That night we ate at Two Guys Pasta and Pizza in Highland. That was our last dinner in lovely California. The next morning we flew at 11 o’clock in the morning back to our cold little country!
I fell in love with California, one day I’ll be back!
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