Similar to the California coastline along Monterey, Point lobos, etc., yet a completely different vibe. It feels much more vast and desolate, hardly any folks due to it's remoteness.
Best visited in winter, when there's less chance of fog and wind. Check your forecast for a sunny winter day and go for it. The drive takes a while though, as you'll be spending quite some time along winding country roads. Took us over 2 hrs from the east bay (though google maps said 1.5 hrs).
Ideally you want to spend 2 (or more) days, and stay somewhere closer to the park (Inverness town, for example). That way you don't have to waste half your time driving. You can spend both days hiking, or a day of hikes and a day kayaking.
We visited recently for a day. With kids, so we did the two main short hikes - the climb down to the lighthouse and back, and then the Chimney rock trail. If you have to choose, go for the latter as the lighthouse itself is an old structure - no big deal, and chances of getting a clear close-up view of any whales are remote. The excellent chimney rock trail straddles the Pacific ocean and Drakes bay; with lots of elk and deer dotting the landscape.
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