Pacific Coast Highway – what to visit along the coast

  • Relax by the pier at the charming town of Avila Beach
  • Stop at Point Piedras Blancas and watch the sea lions by the seashore.

Sea lions at Point Piedras Blancas

  • At this point most travelguides recommend Hearts Castle, but I did not visit it. Honestly, I have already visited many castles in Europe and also in my hometown country, Spain, and with much more history. That’s why Hearst Castle did not appeal to me at all.
  • Get that postcard perfect shot at McWay Falls

McWay Falls

  • Have lunch at Nepenthe Restaurant and enjoy the staggering view. You’ll be lucky if a bird does not steal one of your fries!

Nepenthe

  • Wander around Pfeiffer beach (be careful not to enter the last parking…it’s 10$…).

Pfeiffer beach

  • Cross the famous Bixby Bridge.

Bixby Bridge

  • Check out the little shops and cafes in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Drive the 17-mile drive

17 mile drive

  • Stop in Santa Cruz and have some seafood.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

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