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san francisco to santa cruz

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san francisco to santa cruz

Can anyone help me with a route to Santa Cruz from SF airport that takes me down the Cabrillo Highway. Is it better to join the CA-1 at Half Moon Bay and how do I get there from the airport. The google map only gives me routes on highways avoiding CA-1. Cheers Angie

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1. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

101 freeway south (It's right next to the airport) to Highway 92 west for the drive to Half Moon Bay.

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2. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

From the airport take Hwy 101 south until you come to Hwy 92. Go west on that and Stay on it and it will take you to Half Moon Bay. Easy. Have a nice trip.

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3. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

Fantastic answers, so speedy and simple, who needs Google!! cheers Angie

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4. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

You can also take hwy 280 instead of 101, it might be a more scenic and sometimes less congested freeway.

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5. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

Maney,

OP wanted the Cabrillo Highway, the coast Highway 1. That is not congested in any way. They just have to travel a little way on Highway 101 (which CAN be congested) to take Hwy 92 over to the coast.

Otherwise, yes, 280 is a lovely freeway.

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6. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

Which would be quickest 101/91/Cabrillo Highway or 280 Cheers Angie

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7. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

It is six of one and half a dozen of the other.

If you prefer you can take Hwy 380, just north of the airport, up to 380 and then watch for the Hwy 92 turnoff from there.

Actually, a good idea, though you wouldn't be long on Hwy 101, it can get crowded sometimes. I would do that. Just don't miss the Hwy 92 turnoff to Half Moon Bay.

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8. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

OOPS take 380 op to *280* Take the San Jose direction and watch for the Hwy 92 turnoff.

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9. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

Yes, I recommend taking 380 from SFO (only goes one direction), to 280 south (San Jose), to 92 west (Half Moon Bay). Make sure to take 92 the correct direction, as the west and east exits are not one and the same.

Taking 101 south from SFO to 92 west will take longer due to traffic congestion. It's also much less scenic than 280, so don't bother!

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10. Re: san francisco to santa cruz

what is the MOST Scenic drive from SF to Santa Cruz and Monterey?

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