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Majestic ocean towns.

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Majestic ocean towns.

I am possibly planning a 4 night getaway in February. What small seaside town has the most majestic scenery, but has enough Restaurants, shops and intangibles for a nice long weekend visit ??

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1. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

"Small:, I would look at Ventura or Santa Barbara.



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2. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

Lots of choices but I'd probably start with Carmel or Monterey.

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3. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

For majestic ocean I'd also go with Carmel or Monterey. Lots of shops and restaurants.

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4. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

Coming from where?

Mendocino has some great hotels and enough good dining and shopping for a short trip.


But it is way north.

Not sure that I would class Ventura as "majestic", but Santa Barbara is and it certainly has the world class dining. Carmel and Half Moon Bay/Moss Beach are other considerations.

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5. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

Majestic.... hmmm, that can apply to a variety of scenic Caifornia locations.

For majestic coastline, the Big Sur area south of Monterey. The coast of Sonoma County is also gorgeous, but there aren't many major towns up there.

If you go a little farther north from Monterey, Santa Cruz is a charming small seaside city that is not really majestic on its own, but it is close to several state parks with coastal redwood trees (Big Basin and Henry Cowell are the best known ones close to Santa Cruz).

If you want to TRULY get away, you could use Ventura or Santa Barbara as a base and go to Channel Islands National Park and camp for a couple of days. The National Park Service has a contract with a ferry service or you can take private boats over. There aren't any cars, bicycles, stores, etc., and only primitive campgrounds with outhouses. And of course the ocean and wildlife. A camping trip there requires some planning, but if you want majestic, there's probably an endless supply of it out there.


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6. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

Majestic would definitely be areas like Carmel, Santa Barbara, Pescadero. I would not consider Ventura majestic.

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7. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

Agree with Santa Barbara, Carmel, Mendocino and will add Cambria (at the south end of Big Sur). Agree with the majority ... nothing majestic about Ventura.

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8. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

Pacific Grove gets my vote. Neighbors both Monterey/Carmel, is less touristy in comparison, but has some of the most dramatic coastal scenery and several lovely inns, some overlooking Monterey Bay: Seven Gables Inn, Green Gables Inn, Martine Inn. PG also has excellent dining options, but it's not a long drive to access great dining in Carmel or Monterey.

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9. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

Just confirming everyone's (and I mean everyone's) excellent suggestions - all of them were good.

Oh nothing majestic about Ventura Harbor except for one of the finest aquatic national parks in the country.



and its close enough to Santa Barbara for shopping, dining, etc.

You could plan an amazing 4 days,

Or you could just go to Catalina Island - take the ferry out and dine, shop, and do a lot of outdoor activities


and of course the towns further up the coast like Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Cambria, Monterey/Carmel, and Santa Cruz

and beyond San Francisco wine country and Bodega Bay.....and nearbyArmstrong Redwoods State Park.

further north - let us know if you plan to really see the great outdoors but since its better in summer ...

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10. Re: Majestic ocean towns.

Mendocino tops the list. Then Pacific Grove.