6 days in Santa Cruz & Monterey Itinerary

6 days in Santa Cruz & Monterey Itinerary

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6 days in Santa Cruz & Monterey Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: San Bernardino

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Pigeon Point Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach, and then look for gifts at Arcangeli Grocery Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Waddell Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Davenport Landing Beach, then stroll through Shark Fin Cove, and finally learn about winemaking at Beauregard Vineyard.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz driving holiday planner .

San Francisco to Santa Cruz is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Cruz when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadero, Davenport
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Pigeon Point Beach ©
Pigeon Point Beach
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Cannery Row Antique Mall has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asilomar State Beach and McWay Falls. There's still lots to do: stop by AiX, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Monterey road trip planner .

San Francisco to Monterey is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Monterey, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, AiX
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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