Experience the Best California has to offer on this amazing 9 night drive, encompassing California’s classic coastal destinations. From sunny beaches to surfers in the waves, there are many spectacular hot spots along the coast of California which will delight you on this road trip. If you are looking for a great value holiday including flights, car hire and hotels then look no further we have created your own bespoke Classic Coastal California package at the best possible price.
San Francisco has an immense range of attractions including the infamous Alcatraz cruise, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, 200 parks and beaches, world-class shopping and evening entertainment. One of the best ways to see the sights is to book a double-decker bus tour of the city, mission accomplished. All packed into less than 47 square miles, San Francisco is exciting, diverse and cosmopolitan.
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf– the hotel’s wonderful setting in the heart of the lively Fisherman’s Wharf district puts you within easy reach of lots of San Francisco’s world famous attractions, including Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz Island the Wax Museum, San Francisco Cable Car lines and many more. Plenty of nightlife is within easy reach with restaurants and bars to explore and popular North Beach, known as “Little Italy”, next door with mouth watering Italian style restaurants to choose from.
The magnificent Monterey Peninsula has endless recreational and cultural activities, rich in history with world-class golf and a spectacular assortment of natural areas providing a mecca for outdoor activities including the stunning coastline.
Monterey Tides Hotel, Monterey
Enjoy a beachy chic boutique stay at this sophisticated Hotel which echoes its beachfront location far beyond the spectacular glass-walled lobby area, with peaceful views of the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by its location, the hotel’s rooms have been designed to incorporate a sophisticated beach styling, reflected in the soothing blue hues and plush furnishings. Rooms are available with either in-land views or magnificent panoramic views of the ocean, with deluxe or premium variations available. Families are welcomed with rooms offering two queen size beds. In the rooms, guests are offered Wi-Fi, HD TVs, a coffee maker and safe, as well as ultra-comfortable mattresses.
Beyond the rooms, there is the hotel’s collection of amenities. Guests have exclusive early access to the beach, a heated outdoor pool, bonfire and s’mores kits, bike rentals, an on-site coffee shop and oceanfront eateries, offering a unique Spanish twist on coastal dining.
In the fall, pier visitors are treated to up-close glimpses of migrating humpback whales feeding just off the Central Coast. The pier is located at the William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, which is protected under the California Marine Life Protection Act, and is home to a sea otter preserve and part of a colony of 15,000 elephant seals that stretches to neighbouring Cambria.
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, San Simeon
The Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, located on the world’s most beautiful roadway, with gracious hospitality and an oceanfront setting it’s the perfect place to discover this stunning area of natural beauty. Local attractions include Hearst Castle, only three miles away, some of California’s finest vineyards and wineries, California Sea Otters and migrating Grey Whales. A great choice for value-for-money and located in a fabulous part of California’s wine country.
Pismo Beach has something to keep everyone happy. Visit the pier, tour the Edna Valley wine region, enjoy a game of golf on a championship course, browse the quaint shops or for some serious shopping take a trip to the nearby outlet mall. Nature abounds in this beautiful part of California with Elephant Seals and otters as the main attraction.
SeaVenture Beach Hotel, Pismo Beach
Uniquely located on Pismo Beach, this stunning hotel provides guests with resort-like amenities in an unforgettable location. The restaurant has fabulous ocean views and offers coastal cuisine inspired by the surrounding Californian wine country. Relaxation doesn’t stop the second you leave the sandy beach- the massage centre has a range of treatments which will certainly put you in a holiday state of mind. Rooms offer guests either a private patio or balcony, complete with a hot tub. A variety of rooms are available, from the stunning full-ocean view rooms to the boardwalk spa rooms, with direct access to Pismo Beach. Each room includes an in-room refrigerator, 55” flat screen TV with premium channels, Keurig coffee maker and Wi-Fi access.
Santa Barbara’s year-round perfect climate allows outdoor activities to be something that one can take part in anytime of the year. Sailing, surfing, sea kayaking, biking, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, whale watching, fishing, glider rides, paragliding are a few activities that are offered in Santa Barbara. But, make sure to take your camera; focal points don’t get much better than this.
Sandpiper Lodge, Santa Barbara
A superb value for money choice, the Sandpiper Lodge is well located on upper State Street, close to premier beaches, museums, dining, shopping and entertainment. Friendly personal service and a good range of amenities add to the comfort and pleasure of a stay at the Sandpiper Lodge. Start the day with a complimentary continental breakfast in the cheerful lobby and feel refreshed and ready for a day of exploring with family or friends. Spend a few hours relaxing at the sparkling pool or sit back in the Jacuzzi and enjoy the tranquil ambience. The on-site fitness centre is perfect for keeping on track with your fitness routine or hire a bike and spend a day exploring the nearby sights.
Santa Monica & Los Angeles
Situated near the bright lights of Los Angeles, Santa Monica is a spectacular coastal city with glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. Home to the iconic Santa Monica Pier, with its rides and cafes attracting local residents and tourists, Santa Monica offers visitors a range of things to do, from the cultural Bergamot Station in the city centre, with its several art galleries, to the calming sandy beaches and shimmering waves.
Of course, you could also venture to the bright lights and big-city allure of California’s largest metropolis: Los Angeles. Here, A-list celebrities really do walk the sidewalks, triple-shot macchiato in one hand, cell phones in the other. While you may bypass much of the city by staying on a network of freeways that crisscross the region, you are missing L.A.’s hidden gems. Turn off onto side streets to discover inviting neighbourhoods, incredible museums, and shopping hot spots. When the sun sets, L.A. comes to life in a whole new way, with clubs thumping to the beat of the latest indie band, a flock of starlets swaying in the front row. Rooftop restaurants, bars, and pools draw in sophisticated crowds, while searchlights arc through the night sky, announce the latest silver-screen premier.
Gateway Hotel, Santa Monica
Offering home comforts, uplifting rooms and a prime location for an affordable price, the Gateway Hotel is perfect for exploring Santa Monica and the nearby thriving city atmosphere of Los Angeles. Amenities include a 24 hour fitness centre, complimentary underground parking, laundry service and 24 hour front desk service. The Gateway’s bright, modern rooms offer 42-inch flat screen TVs with cable channels, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, complimentary coffee and tea, mini refrigerator, and most importantly, a comfortable bed. King size rooms are perfectly suited for couples wanting to enjoy sunset beach walks; whereas, the Queen size rooms feature two Queen size beds, making them ideally suited to families yearning for a beachside adventure.
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