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Need advice about doing Pacific Coast Highway drive/vacation. Hotel Reservations needed or not for stopovers along the way.

Old Mar 20th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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Need advice about doing Pacific Coast Highway drive/vacation. Hotel Reservations needed or not for stopovers along the way.

Family of 3, 2 adults and one 9 year old, plan to drive California Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to San Diego over 9 days in late August. Arrive Thursday depart the next Saturday. I want to know if I should make hotel reservations ahead of time for overnight stop overs along the way or will we be able to get a room by just walking in the same day. We plan to stop overnight between Carmel and San Simeon-Cambria area. Then on to Santa Barbara area to stop overnight. Then somewhere in Santa Monica-LA area overnight. We have a place to stay with relatives in San Diego area. We would like to stay overnight at oceanfront hotels on the Pacific Coast along the way. Any advice from those who have done this drive/vacation?
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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You should make reservations. While there is a chance you might be able to just walk up there is also a good chance that you won't so I recommend doing the planning so you aren't disappointed on your vacation.
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 11:58 AM
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As a native Angeleno who has driven the coast many times, definitely make reservations.
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 02:50 PM
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Yep - make reservations. Summer is the high season, so without reservations, your chances of walking into oceanfront hotels are pretty slim.

As an example, we have family friends who own 2 motels - in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Neither are particularly nice or close to the ocean. The Santa Cruz motel is booked solid all summer long. The Watsonville motel gets overflow from Santa Cruz and Monterey - people who didn't have reservations, can't find rooms there, and are at that point just looking for a place to sleep.
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Old Mar 20th, 2007, 04:32 PM
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Weekends in August definitely, on the weeknights you might be able to find something last minute but still iffy. Also, there are not many places to stay between Carmel and San Simeon so it's slim pickings.
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Check out The Madonna Inn. It's halfway between San Francisco and L.A. It's a really really neat place to stay. Website is: www.madonnainn.com
Your 9 year old would love to stay in one of their "cave rooms."
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