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11. Posted by swtrav (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Monterey is lovely...the aquarium is a must-see. Santa Cruz has some beautiful beaches as well; my favorite is Natural Bridges.

12. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Ricotto--what's a ricotto?
Shows that I shouldn't be posting when drinking. I meant risotto--sorry about that.

Right by Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz is the butterfly sanctuary--and there's one down in Monterey also.
However, due to the budget crisis here in California, there is talk of closing Natural Bridges since its a state run beach.
Stupid state bureaucrats. Most of us locals never wanted this to be a state-run beach. Now that they've made it one, it is in danger of being closed.

(Sorry for the political input). Anyway, just be aware you may or may not be able to visit this site in the near future.


13. Posted by dimitris7 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

May I ninja this thread to ask what the weather is like towards the end of October in this area? As I'll probably take it slow from SF to LA and making the 2 stopover drive, will I be able to find hotels easilly? I won't prebook as I don't know where we will want to stop for the night.


14. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Weather in late October for many cities along this route (all in Celsius):

San Francisco: High 19, Low 12
Monterey: High 19, Low 9
Paso Robles: High 24, Low 5
Solvang: High 26 Low 8
Santa Barbara: High 22, Low 11
Los Angeles: High 24, Low 14

As you can see, pleasant days, cool (but not cold) nights.

Oh, and about a 5% to 10% chance of rain. (Rainy season, which is not heavy anyway, usually starts about mid- to late- November).

Generally, getting a hotel during this time will be fairly easy, except maybe on the weekend in resort towns like Cambria and Monterey (big golf tournament and car races around this time in Monterey).

Enjoy your trip

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