California Coast

A trip to the Californian coast offers a rewarding holiday experience for those wanting to avoid the big city life and explore the abundant gems which lie between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A road-trip down the Coast Highway 1, offers spectacular scenery with sheer cliffs dropping into deserted beaches, whilst verdant hills, hot springs, sprawling vineyards and vast forests thick with giant redwoods lie just a little further afield.

The hippyish Santa Cruz and historic Monterey offer delightful stopovers between San Francisco and Big Sur, the stretch of rugged shoreline that offers hiking and camping opportunities amongst the breathtaking views. Meanwhile, the century-old Hearst Castle is a fascinating stop to explore the opulent complex of mansions built by newspaper-magnate William Randolph Hurst which both bewitches and bemuses visitors with its extravagance and ambition.

Further south, drive through endless acres of wineries and citrus groves as you enter California’s agricultural heartland, the King’s Highway (El Camino Real), passing beside quaint Colonial missions dating back to the time when Spanish explorers and Franciscan clergy ruled the roost. The college town of San Luis Obispo is flanked by stunning volcanic mountains and yet more of California’s delightful golden sands.

Where to Book

  • Julia Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

  • Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

  • California's Laguna Beach

  • Bixby Bridge on Highway 1, California

  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Visit California/Myles McGuinness

  • Malibu Beach, California at sunset

  • La Jolla Sunset, Southern California

  • Santa Barbara in California

  • Heisler Park, Laguna Beach in California

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 13℃
  • 15℃
  • 16℃
  • 17℃
  • 17℃
  • 19℃
  • 23℃
  • 22℃
  • 21℃
  • 20℃
  • 17℃
  • 13℃
  • 11
  • 11
  • 10
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2
  • 4
  • 7
  • 10

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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