11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

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11 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Morro Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 17th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at To Honor Surfing Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and then stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to Santa Cruz is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Santa Cruz, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mexico City in April: high temperatures in Santa Cruz hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Monterey, Mission San Juan Bautista
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

4
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Moonstone Beach Dr. Head to Pasolivo Olive Oil and San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Associationfor some retail therapy. Explore Morro Bay's surroundings by going to Tobin James Cellars (in Paso Robles), artifacts gallery (in Cambria) and Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, get great views at Anchor Memorial Park, and do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Morro Bay trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Morro Bay can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Paso Robles, Avila Beach, Piedras Blancas, Jack Creek Celllars
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

4
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Do some cultural sightseeing at State Street Underpass and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. La Purisima State Historical Park and Old Mission Santa Barbara will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Solvang (Wildling Museum of Art and Nature & Old Mission Santa Ines). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, take in the awesome beauty at Cold Spring Tavern, and do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Solvang, Carpinteria State Beach, La Purisima State Historical Park
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Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

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