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Pacific Coastal Highway 1

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Pacific Coastal Highway 1

We plan to take a drive down highway 1. My intention is to drive from Yosemite across to the Carmel area to start the drive down to Santa Monica area. We will have 3-4 days to play with in late summer 2012

I would like to play a couple of rounds of golf at a reasonable price courses on the trip if possible.

Are there any non budget blowing (upto $250 a night) hotels/inns on route that have sea views.

Also any recommended 2-3 mile hikes on route would be helpful

Any advice would be gratefully recieved.

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1. Re: Pacific Coastal Highway 1

Hello, Alshepuk, and welcome to the California forum.

I'm confused: is your entire length of vacation with us 3 to 4 days? Or do you have 3 to 4 days to travel on Pacific Coast Highway? Yosemite National Park, a round of golf, Pacific Coast Highway, and Santa Monica is a minimum of four days right there. . . and it's rushed to say the least.

Pebble Beach is a private golf course north of Carmel on 17 Mile Drive. Very expensive. I would recommend Los Angeles metro for your golfing instead.

A hotel search may be done by perusing the search function information box at the top right hand corner of the page. I'd enter Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel in the info box like this: "Carmel, California hotels" - then click "Search" and see what you can find here on TripAdvisor. Less than $250 with an ocean view will be hard to get, imho. This part of the coast is very pricey. San Simeon, Cambria, and Pismo Beach are more reasonable pricewise and to the south of the PCH scenic drive.

McWay Falls is a great one mile round trip hike to a beautiful waterfall that comes down into a cove. You'll love it. There's many other hikes around, but that's a start.

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2. Re: Pacific Coastal Highway 1

Sorry for the confusion its 3-4 just for the Highway 1 part of our trip.

At the moment we have

2 days/3 nights San Francisco

2 days/2 nights Yosemite

1 days/1 nights Kings Canyon

3-4 days and nights Carmel - Santa Barbara

4 nights Las Vegas

I need to do a lot of research to make the most of the time on the Wst Coast. If need be we will cut Vegas by a day.

I am also not sure to spend a bit more time in Yosemite and miss out Kings Canyon

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3. Re: Pacific Coastal Highway 1

If you go to golfnow.com you can get discounted rates at some golf courses. Please note I have never used this site and cannot vouch for them. You can also buy a Golf Digest Tee Time card from Costco which promises savings at many different courses.

I haven't golfed in the Carmel area but I know there are some very nice courses there. Several of my frineds have golfed Poppy Hills and said it is nice. It is also affordable. There are a few nice courses further south in the central coast area. Hope this helps. Have fun.

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4. Re: Pacific Coastal Highway 1

There are few ocean view hotels/inns in Carmel, but the Best Western Beach Resort in Monterey is a nice hotel property right on the beach and just a short drive to Monterey and Carmel's sights. The ocean is very "vocal" there and makes for a pleasant stay.

There are also a few B&B's in neighboring Pacific Grove that might have rooms in your price range. Look at the Green Gables Inn on Ocean View Blvd. The Sandpiper Room, Jennifer's Room and few others with shared bath have ocean views and the inn is right across the street from Monterey Bay with gorgeous views (breakfast and afternoon snacks included). Also check out Martine Inn, Gosby House Inn and Old St. Angela Inn. Pacific Grove Golf Links is a VERY affordable golf course overlooking Monterey Bay.

As you continue down the coast check out lodgings in Cambria near Hearst Castle. Castle Inn is one of the least expensive ocean view options in Cambria. Some of the other inns along Moonstone Beach drive have rooms with partial views that may fall in your price range. These include Fog Catcher Inn, Pelican Cove Inn, Best Western Fireside Inn, Blue Dolphin Inn. Golf: Morro Bay Golf Course, Sea Pines Golf Course (Los Osos, which is just south of Morro Bay).

Pismo Beach: Kon Tiki Inn, Cottage Inn (partial view), Sea Gypsy.

Don't know about Santa Barbara. Suggest you post a question in that forum about lodging if you want to stay there.

Edited: 27 October 2011, 00:35
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5. Re: Pacific Coastal Highway 1

Yes, I can also recommend the Pelican Cove Inn in Cambria. That's a good suggestion. We stayed there, it was inexpensive, lots of free extras included in the room rate, and in the morning you walk right out to walk along by the ocean:

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6. Re: Pacific Coastal Highway 1

There is a course in Pebble Beach called Peter Haye, I believe we paid around $30/pp for unlimited play. It is a short course but it is very nice with beautiful views.

We have also enjoyed stays at Pelican Cove Inn in Cambria on Moonstone Beach Drive. You will have across the street from the ocean. Fireside Inn and Blue Whale Inn are also nice ones on Moonstone Beach Drive.

Enjoy your travels! :)

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7. Re: Pacific Coastal Highway 1

I doubt Peter Hay is what you have in mind. It's a 9-hole, par 3 course. If Pebble, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay aren't in the budget, next best I think is the mentioned Poppy Hills. But it ain't cheap either; around $200. Another one to consider would be Del Monte, which is less expensive yet.

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8. Re: Pacific Coastal Highway 1

Poppy Hills is one of several courses in the Monterey area listed on the golfnow.com website. The rates listed for this weekend are $75-$85 (not including cart). As I mentioned earlier I have never used this site and can't vouch for it. You might ask about golf courses on the Monterey forum to get better info from the locals.

There are some nice courses further south too. Cypress Ridge in Arroyo Grande, Black Lake & Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, Hunter Ranch in Paso Robles, & Avila Golf Course in Avila Beach. These are nice courses but are not world class like PB & Spanish Bay. Of course they are much cheaper too.

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