With a length of 1055 km, the Pacific Highway is simply fabulous. The longest road in California is one of America’s most beautiful and scenic roads.
The famous route links San Francisco to Los Angeles, winding down the Pacific Ocean.
Here are five stops that you sould not miss in a two days road trip.
The road from San Francisco to Carmel can be made in two and a half hours by car, while enjoying scenic views of the Pacific Highway.
This boem place in the Monterey peninsula, reminded me of the beautiful villages in southern France. Carmel has become a luxury resort, although it is not very large. It is full of shops, cafes, art galleries and luxury boutiques, sidewalks and all sorts of hidden yards.
The Carmel houses, tiny and colorful, give you the impression that they are made from gingerbread. The friendly locals, the fine and white sandy beach, the delicious food make you feel really relax in Carmel.
The most famous and beautiful part of Pacific Highway 1 is between Carmel and San Simeon. Big Sur stretches over a distance of 150 kilometers of wild seashore, in a spectacular encounter between the ocean and the land.
The Santa Lucia Mountains rises steeply from the Pacific Ocean waters, describing a stunning landscape.
There are some small, scenic beaches, accessible to the public and popular for walking, but usually unsuitable for swimming because of unpredictable currents and low temperatures.
Morro Bay is also known as the Gibraltar of Pacific. Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, it can be a good option to overnight.
We stayed at the Inn at Morro Bay, 60 State Road Road. Situated in a unique 1600-hectare site, within Morro Bay Park, the hotel has the best location, having access to the ocean.
You can not go on Pacific Highway, without seeing Santa Barbara. The Pacific Coast Town is also known as the American Riviera, having a mild, Mediterranean climate.
Arriving in Santa Barbara made me forget for a second I was in the US. The climate, the relief and the architectural style, specific to the Spanish Renaissance since the beginning of the 20th century, reminded me of the famous Marbella, the pearl of southern Spain.
A beach walk, followed by a lunch at the Brophy Bros Ventura restaurant, which is right in the harbor, can be a great way to spend a few hours in Santa Barbara. Brophy Bros is the perfect place to eat seafood at reasonable prices, while admiring the harbor in a relaxed atmosphere.
Address: 119 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, USA.
Last stop before arriving in Los Angeles is Malibu. The exquisite Carbon Beach is the number one attraction. Walking on the beach, you can admire the millions of dollars houses of the Hollywood stars.
The location of the 70 villas in the wake of the waves, is indeed exceptional and has made it more desirable for the world millionaires.
Even though they have repeatedly tried to close the public access to this beach, the local authorities have not allowed it, so anyone can walk on the beach of the millionaires.
Jack Nicholson, Ellen Degeneres, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry are just a few of the stars who own a property in Malibu.
When I planned my vacation in America, I imagined how I would drive a convertible, red car on the legendary Pacific Highway, in the beating of the Californian sun. And I did it! It was really the cherry on the cake of the whole two-week adventure we lived on the west coast of America.
And finally I fulfilled my dream, which ended in the city of dreams and stars, the city of the rich and famous, the fabulous Los Angeles!