Coastal Highway to LA LA Land


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Leaving San Francisco we decided to drive down the coastal highway, it’s a beautiful drive that does take a little longer than the freeway but so worth it to see the beaches and sea.
Such a pretty drive, we wanted to stop every 5 minutes

Such a pretty drive, we wanted to stop every 5 minutes

One major stop we made was to Pebble Beach, this is a private golf course/community where you can pay for the privilege of seeing how the other half live.  They have 17 mile drive that takes you through a forest and along the coast.
The lone Cypress

The lone Cypress

Then you go by the iconic Pebble Beach golf course where U.S. Open is held every year. We stopped here for lunch at The Bench right on the 18th hole. This was never in our original itinerary (not that we really had one of those), but when my Grandmother learnt we’d be passing by she insisted that we had to go and have lunch there, their treat.
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My grandparents travelled quite a lot and one my grandmother’s favourite lunches was on their second trip to California at the 18th hole (my grandparents are also golf fans) and although we don’t share the same passion for golf we do have a similar passion for travel, they still wanted to share this beautiful location with us. So thanks Grandma and Grandpa, it was fabulous!
The 18th hole

The 18th hole, don’t worry if you don’t recognise anyone in the photo, you shouldn’t.

After lunch we drove through Carmel-by-the-Sea, to be honest this was much prettier than Pebble Beach and free, then down the coastal road down Big Sur, which was stunning.  Our stop that night was in Big Sur, which according to locals, is not a place but a mind set. Nonetheless, the gps said Big Sur and we spent the night under the giant redwoods, at the Fernwood Resort, even saw a rare albino redwood.
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Albino Redwoods, they take a long time to grow up.

Albino Redwoods, they take a long time to grow up.

Next day we carried on south stopping to view the McWay Falls.
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And some elephant seals.
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There were also some zebras on the side of the road but no one managed to get a picture of these. Our final destination was Pismo Beach, where we were treated once again to an ‘inside’ bed and a fantastic dinner overlooking the sea. We also saw some dolphins.
Trust me those two tiny black blobs are dolphins.

Trust me those two tiny black blobs are dolphins.

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach

A quick beach run in the morning and we were off south again, we made a brief stop in Santa Barbara, where they claim to have over 300 days of sunshine. Aren’t we lucky?
It was grey and cold and windy.

It was grey and cold and windy.

Eventually the sun came out as continued down the beautiful coast. We stopped for a delicious seafood lunch in Malibu.
Some yummy food to had here and a grilled cheese sandwich if you're a veggie

Some yummy food to had here and a grilled cheese sandwich if you’re a veggie

Then sat in traffic at 3pm on a Wednesday going into Los Angeles, apparently there is no quiet time in L.A.
Since we were stopped I took a picture of this sign because it says "Overland Ave"

Since we were stopped I took a picture of this sign because it says “Overland Ave”

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4 comments

  1. It certainly is a gorgeous drive, lunch at Pebble Beach was a real treat and such a lovely golf course, even if you don’t golf. Big Sur was a wonderful ‘state of mind’ as they say and the highways in LA are parking lots. So glad we gave up the car. I am happy to say we finally had the walkie talkies figured out. I don’t think we were yelled at once!

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  2. Sitting here watching relentless rain, its so nice to revisit memories of our wonderful holiday xxx

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  3. This is on our list of roads to drive!

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