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san fran --> sonoma --> ???


My wife and I want to end our california trip with 3 days in a relaxing coastal town. The opportunity to lay out at a beach/pool, hike, and go out to enjoy great food at night would all be high on the checklist. Obviously this forum will be a bit bias, but from sonoma, would it be worth the trip down the coast to finish up in Santa Barbara (and then fly out of LAX), or would staying up further north in the carmel/monterey area fit the bill (and fly out of SFO).

Any ideas/suggestions would be super appreciated.



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1. Re: san fran --> sonoma --> ???

My advice would be not to make the long drive from Sonoma to Santa Barbara. I would choose the Monterey/Pacific Grove//Carmel area, which is a little over two hours from SFO. For advice on lodging and beaches go to the Monterey Peninsula Forum.

On your way to the Monterey area, take Hwy 1 down the coast and stop for awhile in Santa Cruz....lunch? We are three hours from the town of Sonoma.


Enjoy your trip.

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2. Re: san fran --> sonoma --> ???

It's a long drive from Sonoma to Santa Barbara. But Santa Barbara is spectacular.....

There's everything you're asking about. Hiking, nice beaches, great restaurants, relaxation. But easily a 7 hour drive. :-(

If you do decide to stay up north...I must highly recommend that you take a trip to Point Lobos just south of Monterey. Go hiking there. It's beautiful. And if you're SCUBA divers, you certainly HAVE to stop there to dive.

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