9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

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9 days in California’s Central Coast Itinerary

Start: Auckland
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  18​h 30​min
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Morro Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h
End: Auckland

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Breakwater, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Monterey is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Auckland to Monterey, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in June, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Breakwater ©
Breakwater
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

3
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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Piedras Blancas and Morro Strand State Beach. Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Moonstone Beach Dr will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, stop by Brown Butter Cookie Company, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Bishop Peak.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Morro Bay road trip app .

Drive from Monterey to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Morro Bay, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Avila Beach, Montana de Oro State Park, Brown Butter Cookie Company, Bishop Peak
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carpinteria State Beach. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip app .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Morro Bay in June: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings

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