Coastal California (Regional Guide)

Coastal California (Regional Guide)

Alison Bing, Sam Benson

Language: English

Pages: 1157

ISBN: 2:00098801

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“From towering coast redwoods in foggy Northern California to the perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches of Southern California, these 1100 miles of Pacific Coast are a knock-out beauty.” – Sara Benson, Lonely Planet Writer

The ultimate, most comprehensive guide to travelling in Coastal California includes up-to-date reviews of the best places to stay, eat, sights, cultural information, maps, transport tips and a few best kept secrets – all the essentials to get to the heart of Coastal California.

This guide is the result of months of research by seven dedicated authors and local experts who immersed themselves in Coastal California, finding unique experiences, and sharing practical and honest advice, so you come away informed and amazed.

Regions covered: San Francisco, Marin County & Bay Area, Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, North Coast & Redwoods, Central Coast, Los Angeles, Disneyland & Orange County, San Diego

Inside Lonely Planet Coastal California:

• Full color styling and images

• Clear, easy-to-read color maps

• A brilliant new page layout for fast and hassle-free reading while on the go

• Itineraries organized by region or length of trip

• Up-to-date recommended points-of-interest – covering eating, sleeping, going out, shopping, activities and attractions

• In-depth features to uncover the world's iconic sights

• Hundreds of money saving tips

• Our latest trip planning tools to help you get around smoothly

• Additional sections including Top Experiences, Beaches & Outdoors, History, Culture, Food, Sustainable California and an A-Z survival guide.

Special eBook enhancements

• Scalable maps – enabling you to zoom in for greater detail

• Comprehensive interlinking – enabling you to seamlessly flip between pages, jump between maps and reviews, or visit the websites of places we recommend

• Search – go straight to what you are looking for with the inbuilt search capability

• Add notes – touch a word to add notes and personalize your guidebook

• Bookmark – use bookmarks to quickly return to a page

• Dictionary – look up the meaning of any word

• Plus pinch and zoom images and scalable font size

Highlights

7 authors
56 seafood restaurants
71 maps
75+ beaches
Inspirational photos
Clear, easy-to-use maps
Pacific Coast Highway Feature
In-depth background
Easy-to-read layout
At-a-glance practical info

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skim along calm bays and protected beaches. There’s almost always a breeze, but the best winds blow from April through October. Wet suits are a good idea year-round, especially in Northern California. Best Places to Windsurf & Kiteboard Usually any place that has good windsurfing also has good kiteboarding. Look for the people doing aerial acrobatics as their parachute-like kites yank them from the water. In wide-open spaces devoid of obstacles like piers and power lines, you won’t have to

off Cleveland Ave. Sandman Hotel MOTEL $ ( 707-544-8570; www.sandmansantarosa.com; 3421 Cleveland Ave; $83-102 ) Cleveland Ave’s reliable budget choice. Eating Zazu CALIFORNIAN, ITALIAN $$ ( 707-523-4814; 3535 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa; brunch mains $11-15, dinner mains $18-26; 5:30-8:30pm Wed-Mon, 9am-2pm Sun) The cooking at Zazu is an expression of the land: if it’s in the garden, it’s on the plate. Husband-and-wife team Duske Estes and John Stewart use only local ingredients from

rule. The city was incorporated on April 4, 1850. A series of seminal events caused LA’s population to swell to two million by 1930: the collapse of the Northern California Gold Rush in the 1850s, the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s, the birth of the citrus industry in the late 1800s, the discovery of oil in 1892, the launch of San Pedro Harbor in 1907, the arrival of the motion picture industry in 1908 and the opening of the LA Aqueduct in 1913. Beginning in WWI, aviation and defense

mainland by the graceful 2.12-mile Coronado Bay Bridge (opened in 1969), as well as by a narrow spit of sand known as the Silver Strand, which runs south to Imperial Beach and connects Coronado to the mainland. The large North Island US Naval Air Station occupies a northern tip of the island. The Coronado Visitors Center ( 619-437-8788; www.coronadovisitorcenter.com; 1100 Orange Ave; 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat & Sun) conducts a walking tour ($12), starting from the Glorietta Bay Inn (1630

there are superb views up and down the coast from the Muir Beach Overlook ; during WWII, watch was kept from the surrounding concrete lookouts for invading Japanese ships. Pelican Inn ( 415-383-6000; www.pelicaninn.com; 10 Pacific Way; r incl breakfast $190-265; ) is the only commercial establishment in Muir Beach. The downstairs restaurant and pub (mains $9 to $34) is an Anglophile’s dream and perfect for pre- or post-hike nourishment. Green Gulch Farm & Zen Center ( 415-383-3134;

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