Surf Board on the Santa Monica sea
Surf Board on the Santa Monica sea
Beautiful beaches of Santa Monica
Beautiful beaches of Santa Monica

Enjoy Santa Monica and the Beaches of Southern California

10 nights from £1,889 per person Including Flights

Overview

The charms of California are wide ranging but we think the beaches take a lot of beating. We’ve created this itinerary for those who want to have a relaxing holiday enjoying the best of southern California’s beaches. We’ve started in Santa Monica, a place that typifies the real attraction of this region. A wide sandy beach to enjoy, a retro pier for that real Americana experience and fantastic shopping and eating opportunities. Then it’s onto Santa Barbara on the stretch of coast widely regarded as the American Riviera, then head back south on Route 101 to Huntington Beach known for its surf beaches. You’ll end in “America’s Finest City” San Diego with its miles and miles of white sand beaches.

This itinerary is for 10 nights but we can adapt it to suit you. And if you fancy exploring further afield, such as driving over to the desert oasis playground of Palm Springs or north into the winelands of central California then just let us know.

I spent a wonderful Sunday strolling around Santa Monica, through Pallisades Park overlooking the ocean and then onto the pier for the obligatory selfie by the “Route 66 End of the Trail” sign & enjoying the retro amusements. Then we walked along the beautiful sandy beach until the shops of Santa Monica Place beckoned – a lovely outdoor mall with plenty of places to stop for  coffee, ice-cream or glass of Californian white”.
Kathryn, Programme Director American Sky
 

Highlights

  • Enjoy the beaches, restaurants and shops of vibrant Santa Monica
  • Experience the charms of Santa Barbara, with its Spanish inspired architecture and vineyards as far as the eye can see
  • Hang out in the surfing resort of Huntingdon Beach – either people watch or try it out yourself
  • Explore the myriad beaches of San Diego, 30 of them offering something for everyone – families, surfers, wildlife-spotters, people-watchers and more

Itinerary Overview

Fly into Los Angeles and either return from San Diego or Los Angeles

Santa Monica 3 nights – Santa Barbara 2 nights – Huntingdon Beach 2 nights – San Diego 3 nights
 

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Day 1

Fly to Los Angeles

Arrive in San Francisco and transfer independently to your hotel in Santa Monica for a three night stay

Hotel suggestion: Wyndham Santa Monica Beach At The Pier

Days 2 to 3

Santa Monica

A couple of days to simply relax on the gorgeous Santa Monica beach. Why don’t you head out early to bag a prime spot, and then late afternoon you can freshen up and then head out for a stroll along the pier before enjoying dinner in one of the many eateries.

Hotel suggestion: Wyndham Santa Monica Beach At The Pier

Day 4

Santa Monica – Santa Barbara (92 miles)

Pick up your hire car and head north on iconic the iconic Pacific highway - Route 101. You’ve got a wide choice of hotels and you might opt to stay near the Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs of downtown, but as this is a beach-focussed itinerary we’ve suggested an oceanfront hotel. You’ll be spoilt for places to eat and drink, and Santa Barbara has some particularly great wineries from the local vineyards. We’ve booked you in for two nights, but if you’re a fan of California wine…you might want to extend your stay to be able to tour some of the superb vineyards.

Hotel suggestion: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Day 5

Santa Barbara

You’re probably going to want to spend the day on East Beach, and who can blame you. If you can drag yourself away from the beach mid afternoon, you’ll have time to visit The Old Mission, a beautiful historic landmark where you can enjoy ocean views from the lovely landscaped gardens. Then head back down to the oceanfront to enjoy dinner and a few drinks on the appealing Stearns Wharf.

Hotel suggestion: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Day 6

Santa Barbara – Huntington Beach (131 miles)

You’re going to head back south along the 101 and then continue onto Huntington Beach. It will be around a three hour drive so you could get there in time for lunch and then head straight out to the wide sandy beach to enjoy the surf.

Hotel suggestion: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

Day 7

Huntington Beach

The keen surfers among you will want to try out the famous surf on Huntington Beach, others might want to rent a bike for a ride along the wide promenade of this charming seaside resort. Or just sit back and soak up the sunshine on the sands. There’s lots of restaurants, cafes and bars so you won’t go hungry or thirsty this evening.

Hotel suggestion: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

Day 8

Huntington Beach – San Diego (93 miles)

It’s just a short drive down coastal route 5 to San Diego, the final destination of your holiday, so you could explore Newport Beach and Laguna Beach on the way. Wine lovers could take a detour inland to Temecula the centre of Temecula Valley Wine Country, where you will find a quaint Old Town and lovely places for a spot of lunch and a place to sample the local wines. Then continue to your hotel in San Diego to check-in for three nights.

Hotel suggestion: Catamaran Resort

Days 9 & 10

San Diego

If you really are a beach lover, then you’ll need to book some more nights in San Diego to be able to explore all 30 of the beaches in and around this captivating city. Alternatively you could go on a whale-watching cruise, visit the USS Midway, enjoy kayaking or spot sea-lions and seals on a harbour tour. There are foodie tours, Segway tours, bike tours and trolley tours. You’re not going to be bored in San Diego!

Hotel suggestion: Catamaran Resort

Day 11

San Diego – Los Angeles Airport (124 miles)

Time to return home, so drive back to LAX, drop off your car and catch your flight home.

 

  • Return flights to Los Angeles
  • Car rental with fully inclusive insurance
  • 10 nights accommodation as described above or similar
  • Personalised Roadbook


What’s not included

  • Car parking fees
  • Entrance fees and charges for activities

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