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"Santa Cruz / Monterey / Carmel / Big Sur" Trip Sugestions Tip by Pounder73

Trip Sugestions, San Francisco: 11 reviews and 12 photos

  Monterey Bay
by Pounder73

All coastal cities south of SF (listed in Order from North to South).

It can be done in a day by car. However, this is not something I would recommend. SF to Monterey, inland route takes about 2 hours, coastal route, a 3-hour drive.

Quick synopsis: you will have to do the coastal drive at least one of the ways. Cool drive from SF to Santa Cruz – awesome drive from Monterey to Big Sur on down south.
In-between SC and Monterey - so so…

Skip Santa Cruz – unless you have an infatuation with the movie “The Lost Boys”

Monterey – go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium – better food and shops outside of Canary Row and the Warf. Just south of there is Pacific Grove, 17Mile Drive & Pebble Beach – all picturesque.

Carmel is Nice! Cool art, good food in a pleasant town – as in the words of Ferris Bueller, “it is so choice” Lots of Art gallery from glass to painting to photography to import stores. Then once you’ve had your walk around, lunch and coffee, walk down the hill till you hit the ocean.

Big Sur – 26miles south of Carmel, it is the California Coast you’ve seen in books.

Mode: TO
Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 12, 2003
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