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Pacific Coast Highway

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Twists and turns with dramatic scenery around each corner

Whilst the Pacific Coast Highway does run along most of the state’s coastline, the most popular section is from Monterey to Santa Barbara. Driving the route from north to south is ideal, as you’ll be on the ocean side of the road the entire way, giving unobstructed views of the coastline below. There are many major stops along the way as well as numerous scenic lookouts for soaking up the jaw-dropping views.

Why visit?

  • Exhilarating driving experience
  • Celebrated Highway One
  • Unobstructed views of the coastline
  • Charming towns
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Dramatic scenery
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SeaVenture Hotel - Double Double

SeaVenture Beach Hotel

From £63 pp

Pismo Beach's only hotel on the beach.

Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn - Pool

Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn

From £69 pp

Adjacent to Santa Barbara's La Cumbre shopping plaza and just a short drive to the beach.

Carmel Mission Inn - Exterior

Carmel Mission Inn

From £79 pp
Bronze Plus

A French country style inn located on Highway 1 in Carmel only steps from the historic Carmel Mission.

Hotel Abrego - Exterior

Hotel Abrego

From £79 pp
Bronze Plus

Conveniently tucked away, yet just a short stroll from, the busy shops, boutiques and restaurants of downtown Monterey.

Harbor View Inn - Resort View Room

Harbor View Inn

From £129 pp

Ideally placed for experiencing the best that Santa Barbara has to offer.

Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn

From £399 pp

This luxurious retreat sits high atop Big Sur cliffs.

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The facts:

Getting there: Our suggested starting point, Monterey, is about 2 hours drive from San Francisco. Santa Barbara 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Los Angeles

Best time to travel: It’s possible to explore this iconic route year-round, although you can expect it to be busy during the summer months.

Big Sur climate:

Big Sur Climate Chart