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Cambria to Santa Barbara

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Cambria to Santa Barbara

Hi, we are driving from Cambria to Santa Barbara, staying a night in both places, later this month. Can anyone recommend where we should visit as well as any nice places to eat either en route or in the actual places. Many thanks in advance

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1. Re: Cambria to Santa Barbara

Cambria to Santa Barbara is about a 2 1/2 hour drive via Highway 1/101.

You could stop in Morro Bay and walk the waterfront where the fishing boats dock or head toward Morro Rock and look for the otter family that lives in the harbor entrance.

You could also visit downtown San Luis Obispo or Avila Beach or Pismo Beach en route.

There's also Solvang, a Danish community in the middle of Santa Ynes/Los Olivos wine country.

Or.... You could just head straight for Santa Barbara and maximize your time there.

If you hang out in the coastal towns long enough, you might want to have lunch at the Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach. The views are wonderful and the food is quite good.

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2. Re: Cambria to Santa Barbara

I would stop in Pismo/Shell Beach. Lido @ The Dolohin Bay Resort is excellent for a meal. We enjoy sitting outside on their patio where you will have beautiful ocean views. ⛱😎⛱😎

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I'm not a big fan of Solvang ... it's become ultra-touristy. You can get to Denmark a lot easier than seeing this twee place.

The Gaviota Pass which brings you back onto the coast on Highway 101 is quite spectacular (and a scene from "The Graduate"). You might want to stop at one of the beaches along this stretch before cruising into SB. It's a dramatic and unspoiled area. The hills dip steeply down to the ocean and there is very little development (which won't be the case from SB south).

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4. Re: Cambria to Santa Barbara

Solving is worth a brief look but don't plan on spending too much time there as it is really tacky. I concur that you should eat in the Pismo Beach area.

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6. Re: Cambria to Santa Barbara

FYI: Giuseppes in Pismo is closed due to a fire and will have to be completely rebuilt.

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8. Re: Cambria to Santa Barbara

Thanks all, for your help :)

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