11 days in California’s Central Coast & Pacific Coast Itinerary

11 days in California’s Central Coast & Pacific Coast Itinerary

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11 days in California’s Central Coast & Pacific Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly + shuttle:  11​h
1
Monterey, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cambria, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara, United States
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
4
Sayulita, Mexico
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Acapulco, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Monterey, United States

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 14th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey road trip planner.

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get little chillier in Monterey: highs are around 69°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

1
night
Cambria, United States

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cambria online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in Cambria hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Elephant Seal Rookery
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Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel ©
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel

3
nights
Santa Barbara, United States

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Dedicate the 18th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Thousand Steps Beach.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Cambria in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sayulita.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

1
night
Sayulita, Mexico

Sandy beaches, good surfing, and affordable dining draw an increasing number of tourists to vacation in Sayulita, a smaller and less hectic alternative to nearby Puerto Vallarta.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands, and then play a few rounds at Punta Mita Golf Course. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at A Broken Art, look for gifts at Jan Marie Bourtique Gallery, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sayulita trip maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Barbara to Sayulita. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Santa Barbara to Sayulita. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: high temperatures in Sayulita hover around 89°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Acapulco.

Things to do in Sayulita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Punta de Mita, Bucerias, Marietas Islands
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Acapulco, Mexico

Acapulco ©
Probably one of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Acapulco came into prominence in the mid-20th century, when it became a getaway for Hollywood movie starts and European millionaires.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pie de la Cuesta and then take in the dramatic natural features at La Quebrada. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Revolcadero and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace).

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Acapulco trip planner .

Getting from Sayulita to Acapulco by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Acapulco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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La Quebrada ©
La Quebrada
Playa Pie de la Cuesta ©
Playa Pie de la Cuesta
Playa Revolcadero ©
Playa Revolcadero

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