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17-Mile Drive Waste of time and money IMO. Views are lackluster at best- UshDadude

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Restaurants

None officially, with the following exception:

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Pismo Beach, CA is considered a Southern California store. This means all the food is kosher. There are no other Coffee Bean Stores between San Jose and Santa Barbara.

Shuls

Chabad by the Sea (Santa Cruz)

Chabad of Monterey

Chabad of Carmel Valley

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #360 on: November 27, 2019, 10:20:49 AM »
at what point do you think one has seen enough of scenic drive and can get off the PCH and get back to the 101 to save time to LA area
As mentioned upthread a while ago, If you wanted to do that, cutting over by Paso Robles is probably your best bet, although I'm not sure you save that much time.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #361 on: November 27, 2019, 10:26:19 AM »
I had no idea this thread existed. I was looking at the Nor-Cal thread for information when we went on a road trip this past October from San Francisco to the Big Sur and didn't find any helpful information there.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #362 on: November 27, 2019, 11:50:58 AM »
I know maybe approx 30 miles
any specific recommendations?
The Ritz Carlton was very nice on HMB, but that was over 15 years ago.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #363 on: November 27, 2019, 02:34:36 PM »
The Ritz Carlton was very nice on HMB, but that was over 15 years ago.
oy too rich for my blood

whats next best option near minyanim with ocean views?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #364 on: November 27, 2019, 04:39:52 PM »
oy too rich for my blood

whats next best option near minyanim with ocean views?
GIYF. The only other place I stayed at in the area was the Marriott Monterrey. It was nice but not memorable.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #365 on: January 14, 2020, 09:20:02 AM »
driving down the PCH north to south do I have to map out(find out the address) of the following scenic places: (partington cove, mcway falls) or will I easily see signs for them off highway 1?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #366 on: January 14, 2020, 10:40:11 AM »
driving down the PCH north to south do I have to map out(find out the address) of the following scenic places: (partington cove, mcway falls) or will I easily see signs for them off highway 1?

I put everything in my GPS before we started driving and I am glad I did. I would've missed many of our stops without it. Also, there is no reception for a lot of the way on PCH so its important to put it into your GPS before you start.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #367 on: January 14, 2020, 12:44:19 PM »
I put everything in my GPS before we started driving and I am glad I did. I would've missed many of our stops without it. Also, there is no reception for a lot of the way on PCH so its important to put it into your GPS before you start.

thanks! which stops? are they all not right off highway 1 and there is no specific address? for example bixby creek bridge, partington cove, mcway falls etc...

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #368 on: January 14, 2020, 03:32:58 PM »
thanks! which stops? are they all not right off highway 1 and there is no specific address? for example bixby creek bridge, partington cove, mcway falls etc...

Bixby bridge you will pass over but I liked knowing how far we were so I would recommend putting that in the GPS. We also did Loverís Point Beach, Pfeiffer Beach and McWay falls and were able to point all of those in the GPS.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #369 on: January 14, 2020, 04:49:22 PM »
Bixby bridge you will pass over but I liked knowing how far we were so I would recommend putting that in the GPS. We also did Loverís Point Beach, Pfeiffer Beach and McWay falls and were able to point all of those in the GPS.

there are specific address for these (Bixby Bridge Loverís Point Beach, Pfeiffer Beach and McWay falls) on the gps or you searched them as attractions/locations/locations on the gps?

also we are driving from sfo to LA in one day which would you say are can't miss if you only have 1 day?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #370 on: January 14, 2020, 05:03:52 PM »
there are specific address for these (Bixby Bridge Loverís Point Beach, Pfeiffer Beach and McWay falls) on the gps or you searched them as attractions/locations/locations on the gps?

also we are driving from sfo to LA in one day which would you say are can't miss if you only have 1 day?

Yes, I just put it in as an attraction location.
Itís really hard to say, we drove from SFO to Big Sur via PCH, slept over night in Monterey and then went back to Big Sur to go to Carmel By the Sea and McWay Falls and then drove to Oakland for shabbos. I donít know how long it will take to drive all the way to LA but you also donít have to spend a lot of time at each stop. If I have time later tonight I will post pics of our trip so you can decide or yourself.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #371 on: January 14, 2020, 05:32:57 PM »
Yes, I just put it in as an attraction location.
Itís really hard to say, we drove from SFO to Big Sur via PCH, slept over night in Monterey and then went back to Big Sur to go to Carmel By the Sea and McWay Falls and then drove to Oakland for shabbos. I donít know how long it will take to drive all the way to LA but you also donít have to spend a lot of time at each stop. If I have time later tonight I will post pics of our trip so you can decide or yourself.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #372 on: January 14, 2020, 06:29:15 PM »
there are specific address for these (Bixby Bridge Loverís Point Beach, Pfeiffer Beach and McWay falls) on the gps or you searched them as attractions/locations/locations on the gps?

also we are driving from sfo to LA in one day which would you say are can't miss if you only have 1 day?
If you have one day I would advise this going on the 5. One day is not enough time to see PCH. If you did want to drive on PCH though, you'd have to start really early in the morning and you wouldn't get to La until very late at night, as it's a very long drive. Plus, if you do it in one day you're not going to have any time to stop.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #373 on: January 14, 2020, 11:25:05 PM »
todah rabba!
will look for it tomorrow

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=112912.msg2184844#msg2184844

I just wrote our trip report here so you can see the pictures from our trip.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #374 on: January 30, 2020, 08:31:01 AM »
Has anyone done PCH in winter? LA to SF, Feb 17-18, 2 concerns, gets dark 6sh so not much to see after, rain and mudslides.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #375 on: January 30, 2020, 09:40:48 AM »
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There are street lights and views during the day are amazing, but you're correct, once it gets dark there's not as much to see. However, if driving south, there's a large section of road where you can skip if it's dark and you're not losing much, especially if it's south of SLO.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #376 on: January 30, 2020, 10:10:33 AM »
There are street lights and views during the day are amazing, but you're correct, once it gets dark there's not as much to see. However, if driving south, there's a large section of road where you can skip if it's dark and you're not losing much, especially if it's south of SLO.

Let's say driving South to North and this is our only opportunity, is it a waste will it still be worth the six hour drive?
Since I've so many people say how driving North to South is the best.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #377 on: January 30, 2020, 10:57:07 AM »
Let's say driving South to North and this is our only opportunity, is it a waste will it still be worth the six hour drive?
Since I've so many people say how driving North to South is the best.
Basically like @Yehoshua said, the parts you really don't want to miss are all before S Louis Obispo so if you'll make it there before dark IMO it's totally worth it.

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #378 on: January 30, 2020, 11:18:43 AM »
Thanks. My question specificly though regarding driving South to North, is that an issue I am missing a crazy amount by doing it?

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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread
« Reply #379 on: January 30, 2020, 11:30:14 AM »
Thanks. My question specificly though regarding driving South to North, is that an issue I am missing a crazy amount by doing it?
Sorry, I misread, I thought you came around to N to S.

If you get out early enough in the morning I think you should be fine. N-S > S-N, but I think S-N > nothing. (as long as you get out super early. If it gets dark by the time you hit SLO it's a total waste of time.)