Hi all, just looking for some feedback for our visit in July. The accommodations are all booked, so I'm looking for things to fill the days and evenings! Restaurant recommendations would also be much appreciated, but budget places are preferred.
Day 1 (Saturday): Start out from Santa Monica and need to be in Shell beach for the night. I was thinking of heading off early, spending the morning on a beach somewhere (which one?! Malibu?) and then going to Santa Barbara for lunch and afternoon. Head on in time for a sunset walk on shell beach!
Day 2 (Sunday): After breakfast (which is provided), head up Hwy 1 slowly. Spend some time at McWay falls and Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP/Beach. Check into our accommodation (Ripplewood resort) late afternoon, then go back down the road 5 mins for dinner at Nepenthe.
Day 3 (Monday): Breakfast at our resort. Head to Point Lobos and perhaps walk the North Shore trail in the morning. Then onto Carmel for lunch/afternoon, perhaps spend time on the beach and wandering the shops. Our accommodation for the night is in Monterey (Stage coach lodge), so not sure whether to have dinner in Carmel or Monterey.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Monterey aquarium in the morning. Head to Santa Cruz for a quick look around in the afternoon. Hoping to do a little drive around of Henry Cowell SP before driving up to Half Moon bay. We don't mind arriving quite late, but I think we might be trying to fit too much in on this day...
Day 5 (Weds): We have the whole day around the HMB area as our flight doesn't leave SFO until 7.30pm. We need to return the rental car by 5pm latest.
Any changes/ideas very welcome, but as I mentioned the accommodation is booked. We love the beach, walking and being active.
Thanks in advance :-)