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Old 01-01-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Delray Beach, FL
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We live in Colorado and for our Spring break (1st week in April) - we are thinking of planning a trip maybe starting in Santa Barbara, driving down the coast and ending in ....maybe Dana Point area or possibly a little further South...

Not sure where to fly in yet...and would like to hear from some SO CA folks...where are some good places to stop and maybe stay at an Inn...

We would like to see some cool beaches, we like artsy towns...fun towns to hangout with good nightlife - clean and nice Inns or hotels....

Off the cuff, I'd like to have 4 "stay over" spots in the 8-9 days we will be there... (Santa Barbara, Malibu, Santa Monica and....Laguna Beach....)???

We clearly have no idea, there seem to be so many great places when looking at a map -

We are a very casual couple, gay couple - not that that matters in CA compared to Colorado Springs....really just want to relax, find romantic spots and walk around some cool towns.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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Most of that route is very urban. You may as well go drive around Denver on surface streets for a week. The nice, relaxing parts of the coast start north of Santa Barbara.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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No Big Sur?
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I know you want to visit SoCal (i don't know it well enough to recommend a thing) but, for what it's worth, if you haven't been to Big Sur you may want to consider it .... like fly into Monterey (a nice regional airport) and then go south from there.
It is (or can be if you want it to be) very romantic and there are some places to stay that are quite expensive but worth it.
There may still be some rain in April however ... never know these days.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Santa Barbara is pretty relaxing. I would also suggest Ojai (not too far from Santa Barbara). A very laid back, artsy town.

Laguna Beach is in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Orange County but still pretty laid back.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Most of that route is very urban. You may as well go drive around Denver on surface streets for a week. The nice, relaxing parts of the coast start north of Santa Barbara.
That's two votes for staying farther to the north Pammy.
Have you been to the coast of CA?
If you haven't and unless you're stuck on SoCal, i'd recommend starting in Santa Barbara (is there an airport there? i dunno) and then going north on Coastal 1.
I think that you will, like EscapeCalifornia said, find it more relaxing and much of it is very beautiful and it's just much less impacted and insane.
You could go From like Santa Barbara up to San Francisco although i recommend doing it in May or early June ... before things get more touristy / before school lets out but late enough so that you can be fairly certain that the rain is done and actually, even if it does rain, it won't be anything "serious" ... just an oddity that won't last that late in the season.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:46 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Go north, young Pamster! Go north!
Or fly into SFO and head south to Santa Barbara. Take Hwy 1, of course.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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If it's romance you are looking for, GO NORTH!! Santa Barbara. Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. Cambria.San Simeon/Hearst Castle. Big Sur and Monterey! You can fly into Santa Barbara. Have fun ladies!
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: La Cañada
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Go north, young Pamster! Go north!
Or fly into SFO and head south to Santa Barbara. Take Hwy 1, of course.
That's not fair! If they want to go South, let them!
Suppose you start at Big Sur and head SOUTH...you can stop at many places at the Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy deserted beaches all the way. It's very peaceful.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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That's not fair! If they want to go South, let them!
Suppose you start at Big Sur and head SOUTH...you can stop at many places at the Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy deserted beaches all the way. It's very peaceful.
We're (i'll be so bold as to speak for others) just wanting to optimize their coastal experience.
No one on city-data-forum has the power to not "let them".
If they don't know the coast of California some information has been provided that may be helpful to them.
Although since Pammy hasn't returned, perhaps we did offend.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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The Socal coast is really nice, too, especially if you don't live in the area - think about it, coming from Colorado during the winter and seeing the Socal coast...? Sounds like a pleasant break to me!

I'd suggest maybe driving a bit further South, down towards San Diego. Really beautiful coastline down by San Clemente beach (only a very short drive further South from Dana Point) and beyond, and development drops off for a stretch down there.
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