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Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

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Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

Hello to all!

We are headed to Los Angeles County mid March for 4 nights and then flying to Monterey Airport...we have 3 nights in the area! It is 3 of us...late 30's & 12 year old boy.

We enjoy biking,nature tours...really anything that includes takin it all in!!

We have been to Monterey for whale watching, the Aquarium, and too short of a time at Point Lobos...want to go back...know of good scenic paths?

Where to stay, what to do...recommendations for scenic eats.

What would be the best game plan to hit the above areas?

Thanks so much...you all are great!

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1. Re: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

Here is a trail map of Point Lobos.

http://pt-lobos.parks.state.ca.us/Trails.html

If you want to hit Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur....your time is too short. You might want to steal a night from LA.

If you want Santa Cruz, here is a traveler article which will tell you what to see and do there.

http://tinyurl.com/cy7nl3c

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2. Re: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

Thanks. So, thinking will arrive Saturday morning, get checked into somewhere, rent bikes & hang out in Monterey

Head to somewhere in Big Sur Sunday morning, and either call it a day there or stop on way back to hike Point Lobos

Then Monday what...

Thanks for any feedback.

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3. Re: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

Well, I gave ou the skinny on Santa Cruz.. If you are here when ithe Boardwalk is open.....a weekend.....your son would love it. Otherwise, see if there is anything here from the link I gave you.

Edited: 05 March 2014, 06:50
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4. Re: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

The "safari" at Elkhorn Slough is great, or you can rent kayaks and do it on your own. It's a low-key water tour of a wildlife and bird preserve which can be just stunning.

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5. Re: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

Hi Debra

Just an FYI: You plan to fly into Monterey in the morning and get checked in "somewhere" on Saturday morning, but most hotel check in times don't begin until 3 pm here. Plus, many lodgings have 2 night minimums on weekends. They would want you to be there on Friday, as well. Have you booked a hotel for Monterey yet? This is an extremely popular area and most weekends book up weeks if not months in advance. Suggest you get started on securing lodging right away or your plans could be moot. We're already in March, so it may already be too late.

Sunday morning: Get an early start and drive to Point Lobos FIRST. The park gets busy the later in the day it gets and getting in might be next to impossible. Getting there when the park opens is your best bet. Spend a few hours walking the trails then get back on to the highway and head toward Big Sur.

Some of the places in Big Sur you can check out:

Bixby Bridge

The waterfall trail inside Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Beach

Nepenthe or Cafe Kevah for lunch

McWay Falls @ Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (8 miles south of Nepenthe)

Returns to Monterey

Edited: 05 March 2014, 14:19
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6. Re: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

On 17 Mile Drive, go to Roy's for your scenic eats! California Market @ The Highland's Inn also is great for scenic eats. :).

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7. Re: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

Summary of attractions from forum regulars are at tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c182762/Califo…

Given you won't be driving all the way down south, read the article from the bottom up to get a feel for what attractions appeal. With a 12 year old, kayaking with sea otters would be fun!

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8. Re: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur

Since you've been to Monterey before, and you like nature, you might want to check out one or two of the area's less famous but still wonderful parks. I list several such places on my "Walking & Hiking" page www.montereypeninsula.info/guide/walking.htm.

Jacks Peak County Park straddles the ridgeline between Monterey and Carmel Valley, and would be a good place to start. There are some wonderful panoramic views from up there.

-Mr. Toy

www.montereypeninsula.info

Edited: 06 March 2014, 00:11
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