18 days in Santa Rosa Beach, Malibu & Santa Monica Itinerary

18 days in Santa Rosa Beach, Malibu & Santa Monica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Santa Rosa Beach
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  11 h 15 min
2
Malibu
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Santa Monica
— 9 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Dallas

5
nights
Santa Rosa Beach

Santa Rosa Beach ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Rosa Beach: Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery (in DeFuniak Springs), Camp Helen State Park (in Inlet Beach) and Marianna (Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna Civil War Battlefield, &more).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Rosa Beach attractions site.

Dallas to Santa Rosa Beach is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Dallas in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 56°F in Santa Rosa Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Rosa Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Marianna, Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery, 30A Farmers Market, Eden Gardens State Park, Camp Helen State Park
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Florida Caverns State Park ©
Florida Caverns State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Beach Sand Sculptures ©
Beach Sand Sculptures

3
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Get out of town with these interesting Malibu side-trips: Wildwood Regional Park (in Thousand Oaks), Simi Valley (Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum & Rocky Peak Trail) and Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark (in Moorpark). The adventure continues: get lost in a book at Camarillo Public Library, see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, explore the stunning scenery at Solstice Canyon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Legacy Park.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Malibu trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Santa Rosa Beach to Malibu in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santa Rosa Beach to Malibu. In March, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Camarillo, Simi Valley, Wildwood Regional Park, Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark, Mullin Automotive Museum
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Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve ©
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve

9
nights
Santa Monica

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Ventura (Ventura City Hall & Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path), Topa Mountain Winery (in Ojai) and Santa Barbara (Wine Tours & Tastings, Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, and wander the streets of Rodeo Drive.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica route planning site.

Getting from Malibu to Santa Monica by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in March, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Ventura, Rancho Palos Verdes, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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