When traveling the California coastal areas, many people will
follow the shoreline north up the central coast via the Pacific
Coast Highway (or PCH) HWY1. This is a gorgeous run that takes
in lively small towns like Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz . Almost
all of the towns grew up around Spanish missions, each a long
day's walk from the next, and once enclosed within thick walls
to prevent Native American attack. Monterey, a hundred miles south
of San Francisco, was California's capital under Spain and Mexico,
and still has attractive early-nineteenth-century architecture.
Southern California provides the soft sandy beaches and hot weather
that is typically associated with our fair state. The central
coastline becomes more mountainous and provides beautiful views.
The northern coast offers a dramatic backdrop with its craggy
coastline and interesting rock formations.
For a Romantic California Beaches and Hotel
Avalon - Catalina Island, Big Sur,
Carmel, Laguna, Monterey, Morro Bay, Pebble Beach, San Luis Obispo,
Beaches For People Watching, Having Fun
and Hanging Out:
Huntington, Long Beach, Malibu,
Newport, Oceanside, Pismo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Venice