Leaving LA - Route 1, West Coast Highway

Cambria Travel Blog

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Ventura Beach

The plan was to take our time driving up the western coast of California to take in as much as we can and this was defiantly a good idea. We left LA and headed to Ventura and the Channel Island NP. We hadn't allowed enough time to take a boat trip to the islands but there is a nice beach and a viewing tower to look over the ocean and spot Whale's.

We reached Santa Barbara at lunch time and stopped by the beach. Unfortunately we could venture into the surrounding hills due to the fires so it was back on the road, which headed inland through fields and fields of Strawberries. On the roadside there are loads of little stalls selling freshly picked Strawberries the size of your head.

Back on the coast we stopped at Pisimo Beach for a break and play on the beach, it was so quiet and a really beautiful beach.

We arrived in Cambria late afternoon and our Youth Hostel was amazing. After settling in we played a bit of Badminton in the garden with the kids at the hostel followed by a walk round the town. This was such a difference to LA, the town is quaint with all the buildings are in keeping with the area. We found somewhere to eat, which if you’re on a budget is quite hard to do as there are some impressive restaurants to choose from, we opted for Lombardo’s a little Italian just off the main street.

ajdennis1980 says:
It was a really nice little town, very different from LA, shame my stay was only 1 night.
Posted on: Jun 21, 2009
Eric says:
How'd you like Cambria? glad to see you got to see the seals too.
Posted on: Jun 15, 2009
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Ventura Beach
Ventura Beach
View Point
View Point
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Strawberry the size of my head (so…
Strawberry the size of my head (s…
Pisimo beach
Pisimo beach
Cambria
Cambria
Youth Hostel
Youth Hostel
Cambria Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Affordable Italian
Italian restaurant which is probably the only cheapish place to eat in Cambria. Good pasta dishes, all cooked to order. Great garlic bread and frie… read entire review
Cambria Hostels review
Great place to stay
I would defiantly stop here again, it's a great hostel but doesn't feel like one. More like staying in your own house. The staff were great and rea… read entire review
Cambria
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