On the road. Scenic places to go along Cali coastline on a roadtrip?
December 28, 2011 3:40 AM Subscribe
I'm in the middle of a road trip and going to be in California (for the first time ever!) this week. Looking for some recommendations for places to hit along the coast, specifically beaches along the southern end, and scenic places to stop and eat/drink further north.
So really, my question is for two separate days of my trip-
1) I want to spend one day on a beach. I know it will be too cold for swimming and/or sunbathing but I can at least sit out there and read books- forecast for San Diego says low 70's this week. Good enough for me. So, I want to go someplace really nice and peaceful and pretty. Hopefully not too crowded, etc. I've got a bottle of wine in my trunk too, so a beach where drinking is allowed is great (but if it's not, I can always just be discreet about it.) I'm willing to go to pretty much any location along the coast, although obviously I'd like to keep it south-ish because it's warmer. So anything within a wide radius of San Diego is cool with me. I'm coming from far away and it's going to be my only day spent on a beach, so I want to make it count.
2) After this, I'm going to drive up Highway 1 through Big Sur and then continue on to the Bay Area, where I'm visiting a friend. Sadly, I had to bring some work with me on this trip and I want to find as nice a place as possible to . . . get some work done during this particular leg of my journey. I'd like recommendations for places (preferably restaurant/ bar, but non-bars, coffee shops, etc are fair game too.) The thing I want most is an amazing view, preferably involving the ocean. This would have to be a place where I could sit and hang out for a few hours without pissing anyone off. So, if there's booze that helps because I can just keep ordering drinks. If the place had awesome food that wasn't too expensive, that would be great too, but it's not absolutely necessary. The more chill and quiet the place is, the better (but I have earplugs/ headphones just in case.) Anyway, pretty much anywhere between Santa Barbara and the southern end of the bay area would be great. Although further south= earlier in my day= still daylight, so that would probably be better. Maybe I could even time it for watching the sun set, that would be awesome. In any case, I'm not particularly committed to any one route either, aside from that part of Highway 1. So anything else scenic you can throw out there, I'd love to hear. (Scenic routes, that is. Sadly I don't have much time to stop anywhere to get out and do stuff above and beyond what I've already planned for. But I have set aside enough time to meander around and look at stuff on my way driving there, because, I like to do that. It's just the stopping and getting out that gets me in trouble because I always spend way too long . . .)
I'm going to have to just plug this stuff into my GPS so links to the address/information for places would be much appreciated. Any other random tips you might have for such a trip up the coast and particularly driving on Highway 1 are welcome too! Hopefully this question isn't too rambling and dumb, I've just stopped for the night after driving all day and I'm exhausted! - but I wanted to get this question out there before I went to sleep so there's more time to get some great answers! Thanks in advance.