Bordered by Nevada to the east, Mexico to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the 840 miles of coastline hugging the state of California provide a melting pot of cultures and landscapes. From the beautiful winding vineyards of Mendocino to the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, this West Coast gem reflects an appealing mix of nationalities and qualities as a consequence of its rich history. Explore tiny seaside towns, forests of giant redwoods, rugged coastlines of unsurpassed beauty and stunning resorts nestled against the Pacific and the Big Sur on an action-packed itinerary.
San Diego has year-round beautiful weather and is the safest large city in the US, its population is young, vibrant and accomplished, and, despite its size, the city still has a welcoming, small-town atmosphere. Set along 112 kilometres (70 miles) of Pacific Ocean coastline on the border with Mexico, the city’s location is enviable, meaning you can sometimes experience mountain, coastal and desert environments all in one day.
South of Carmel, you’ll discover spectacular landscapes of sculpted, weather-beaten cliffs and magnificent forests, lapped by the roaring ocean. Sample some world-class wines before heading down to the Coast Range Mountains and on to the laid-back ambience of Santa Barabara, where the distinctly Mediterranean vistas and surfer-chic style provide a relaxing pause in your vacation.
- Visit the Sobre Vista, a private estate set in the heart of Sonoma’s wine country.
- Experience the beach scene at Ocean Front Walk, San Diego.
- White-water raft through the scenic Northern Californian Rivers.
- Experience the fantastic surfing conditions at Santa Barbara.
- Whale-watch in Monterey Bay.
A visit to Catalina Island is a must when in the California cruising grounds.