ZAP WANDERLUST: Classic California Coastal Road Trip


With, 3,427 miles of ocean shoreline, California’s Pacific seaboard is the perfect stretch of land for a coastal road trip. And while every inch of shoreline is worth seeing, there are a few destinations that are especially worthwhile. So, here is our guide for a classic California coastal road trip with Pacifica Hotels.

Let’s start in the south. Nestled in the heart of the charming seaside community of La Jolla, the beloved La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites is just steps away from the beach. Whether you’re there for the surf, the hiking, or the local boutiques and shops in the village, La Jolla is one of San Diego’s premiere oceanfront destinations.

Head about 3 hours up the coast to Los Angeles, where you’ll find a waterfront retreat in the quiet seaside community of Marina Del Rey. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet just minutes from Santa Monica and Venice Beach, the Marina Del Rey Hotel overlooks the picturesque marina and offers access to a slew of aquatic activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and boat tours.

Just under a four-hour drive up the scenic Central California coast lies the charming seaside village of Cambria. Nestled between towering pines and sparkling sea, Cambria’s Pelican Inn & Suites sits just across the street from the glistening shores of Moonstone Beach and is just a short trip away from local attractions such as the iconic Hearst Castle, the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, and various wineries.

About 220 miles up the coast from Cambria and only 30 minutes south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is a peaceful enclave with miles of scenic beaches and an impressive lineup of activities. Less than a mile from the coast, the Half Moon Bay Lodge is the perfect place to take in the natural beauty of this seaside sanctuary!