I know some of the places to stay and have booked hotels near santa cruz and pilsmo beach as our 2 over night stays.
My question relates to the best route to take.
ie i note that from san fransico you can take Highway 1 almost immediately passing through ano nuevo and onto santa cruz or you can go through route 101 or the 280 to san jose and then route 17 to santa cruz
what route would you take - i fancy seeing the seals at ano nuevo but if there are seals elsewhere on the PCH 1 then i assume that its best to join PCH 1 at Santa Cruz.
then at pilsmo beach do most people use the 101 rather than the PCH 1 to get back to where the 101 and the PCH 1 meet near Gavito state park.