Pacific Coast Highway Travel Blog

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Mar 29, 2021

San Francisco to San Diego

Driving from San Francisco to San Diego has two main options, the fast way on I-5 or the scenic route along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Mar 25, 2021

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a partner of San Diego Zoo and offers the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat with a wide range of safaris on offer.

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Mar 24, 2021

5 Southern California trails that take you to the edge of the ocean

Here are five Southern California trails that do something most hikes don’t — take you to the edge of the ocean. They’re mostly flat, which is why hardcore hikers often scorn them, and some are busy on weekends. They range in length from a little more than a mile to a little more than 7 miles

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Mar 23, 2021

Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a beach city north of San Diego in southern California famous for its flower fields, LEGOLAND resort and water park, surfing and SEA LIFE Aquarium.

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Mar 18, 2021

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier is just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica near Los Angeles, with an amusement park, an aquarium and many other attractions.

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Mar 17, 2021

The 9 Best Airbnbs in Los Angeles That Epitomize California Dreamin’

Wondering what listing wins the title of “Best Airbnb Los Angeles”? You’re not alone. As it turns out, California dreamin’ is both a state of mind and a common online activity: This March, Airbnb announced their most wishlisted destinations for American tourists, and L.A. took the top spot.

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Mar 16, 2021

Perfect Day in San Francisco

The Perfect Day in San Francisco is what's promised by the new guidebook from Lonely Planet in their Make My Day series, but does it deliver?

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Mar 16, 2021

Vagabond's House Inn

Historic and romantic Vagabond's House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Carmel is a great place to stay with free wine and cheese and generous breakfast.

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Mar 16, 2021

Napa Wine Country Inn

The Napa Wine Country Inn and Gardens in St Helena overlooks a vineyard and has free wine tastings every evening and offers guests help with booking wine tours.

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Mar 16, 2021

Pictures of Santa Monica

Pictures of Santa Monica from Pacific Coast Highway Travel to help anyone thinking of staying in Santa Monica on their PCH drive.

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Mar 04, 2021

Oceanside

Oceanside is a typical southern California beach town with a surf culture and with the Pacific Coast Highway running right through it.

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Mar 03, 2021

Climate change threatens fragile Pacific Coast Highway

Construction crews work on a section of California Highway 1, known as the Pacific Coast Highway, which collapsed into the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur, Calif. on Jan. 31, 2021. Heavy rains caused debris flows of trees, boulders and mud that washed out a 150-foot section of the road.

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Mar 03, 2021

California's Pacific Coast Highway is falling into the ocean. Is this the end of the road for one of America's most scenic drives?

Soaring mountains on one side of the road and the Pacific Ocean on the other: It was 1956 and Gary Griggs was experiencing California State Route 1 for the first time.

He was a child, but in the following decades he would drive this scenic stretch of road, called the Pacific Coast Highway, dozens of times. He'd also learn how fragile it is.

In 2017, Griggs consulted on a major repair to the highway as an erosion expert. Now, he says the iconic road's days may be numbered – at least in its current form.

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Mar 02, 2021

California’s Rugged Central Coast Is a Bird-watcher’s Paradise

On a road trip down the Golden State's Central Coast, observe red-tailed hawks, yellow-rumped warblers, and more on a bird-watching trip of a lifetime.

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Feb 27, 2021

Get out, enjoy nature at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

It is incredible how a year has gone by when traveling was limited in the state of California.

With some restrictions lifted, it is time to enjoy the great outdoors once more.

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve near Huntington Beach is a great place to start.

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Feb 15, 2021

Malibu

Malibu is a beach city north of Los Angeles famous for the celebrities who live there in expensive homes and the Pacific Coast Highway runs through it and there are beaches and hikes for all to enjoy.

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Feb 12, 2021

Destination: S.L.O. County’s Highway 1

Prior to “Lockdown 2.0” in December, my fall travels included a blissful wellness-centric escape up the coast. I was on a mission to explore the southernmost portion of California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway that meanders through the charming small towns on San Luis Obispo County’s seaside. My solo adventure was crafted as a mini personal retreat to soothe my pandemic-rattled nervous system, and now that leisure travel is once again permitted (within 120 miles of home), I’m ready to do it all over again.

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Feb 12, 2021

Sondors takes $5,000 Metacycle for cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway

Last month, California-based ebike maker Sondors revealed that a budget-friendly electric motorcycle was in development. The company has since taken the Metacycle on a road trip from Irvine to Long Beach, which gives more insight into the real-world range we can expect from the striking e-moto.

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Feb 09, 2021

$20 million for a Malibu home with 35-foot ceilings and a sky bridge

When working with architect Ed Niles on the design of their Malibu home in the early ‘80s, Milton and Saralyn Sidley requested a modern home with consideration paid to the coastline’s seismic activity.

What they got was an out-of-this-world, 4,356-square-foot home made up of two steel and glass structures that are connected by a sky bridge. Completed in 1992, the architectural marvel took five years to construct and was the couple’s second home designed by Niles.

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Feb 02, 2021

Slide washes out Central Coast portion of Highway 1

A section of State Route 1 just south of Big Sur was washed away by a debris flow following heavy rains; the roadway remains closed as Caltrans assesses the damage.

A hillside at Rat Creek near mile marker 30 on Highway 1 gave way Thursday, spilling onto the highway and causing a portion of the road to erode into the ocean, after heavy rains drenched much of the region.

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Jan 31, 2021

Part Of California’s Famous Highway 1 Collapses After Heavy Rain

See this amazing drone video.

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Jan 31, 2021

After tearful video, community comes to the aid of Long Beach restaurant drowning in debt

Oscar Rodriguez, owner of Cantarito Molito’s Grill on Pacific Coast Highway, posted a heartfelt video to the restaurant’s Instagram page letting customers know the COVID-19 pandemic was driving the restaurant to the verge of closing.

- ADVERTISEMENT -In the video, Rodriguez is seen fighting back tears saying that he doesn’t want to close his doors and urges people to help out in any way they can.

The community heeded his call. As of Saturday afternoon, the video has picked up over 40,000 views and grabbed the attention of Tito Rodriguez—most commonly known as the Hood Santa for his humanitarian group Local Hearts.

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Jan 30, 2021

How To Spend A Perfect Weekend In Carlsbad, CA

Just a few miles north of San Diego is the quiet beach town of Carlsbad, known for its charming downtown village, year-round temperate weather, and long stretches of sandy beaches. A weekend in this upscale enclave will be relaxing and refreshing, offering plenty of opportunities to get outdoors, enjoy the scenic surroundings, and sample gourmet cuisine.

Carlsbad is located an hour and a half south of Los Angeles and just thirty minutes north of San Diego. It’s easily accessible by car, but if you’d prefer to avoid any traffic, try taking the train instead.

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Jan 30, 2021

ON THE WATER: Iconic Swordfish Sign A Big Catch

What a catch!

“It is 29 feet long and 12 feet high,” boasted Don Lace, who along with his younger brother Jeff landed Southern California’s most iconic fish.

The brightly illuminated blue outline of a swordfish that was located at 16278 Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach for decades was reeled in by the Lace brothers, who consider their role as stewards for the iconic sign. The once-neon Don’s, as in Don the Beachcomber, sign is now part of the Lace’s growing collection of kitschy Americana.

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Jan 30, 2021

SEE IT: Giant chunk of California Highway 1 falls into ocean

A landslide carried part of California’s picturesque Highway 1 into the ocean Thursday.

The collapse occurred about 15 miles south of Big Sur, which itself sits 90 miles south of San Jose, during heavy rains in the central coast region.

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Recent Articles

  1. San Francisco to San Diego

    Mar 29, 21 05:25 PM

    Driving from San Francisco to San Diego has two main options, the fast way on I-5 or the scenic route along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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  2. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Mar 25, 21 03:38 PM

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a partner of San Diego Zoo and offers the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat with a wide range of safaris on offer.

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  3. 5 Southern California trails that take you to the edge of the ocean

    Mar 24, 21 10:36 AM

    Here are five Southern California trails that do something most hikes don’t — take you to the edge of the ocean. They’re mostly flat, which is why hardcore hikers often scorn them, and some are busy o…

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