The Pacific Coast Highway Tour Plan and Itinerary

The following details were compiled for a proposed tour in late May of 2013. Prices for hotels and bike shipping were as of September, 2011 and are subject to change.

For planning purposes, the following link provides temperature and rainfall averages for Monterey, CA: Monterrey weather averages

Ship bike to hotel using BikeFlights.com

Fly into San Francisco airport. Bring collapsable softside barrel bag as carry on with all clothing and toiletries.

Day One:

Stay at:
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pacifica
519 Nick Gust Way, Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-5000
$151/night

OR

Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel
105 Rockaway Beach Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-6300
$127/night

Reassemble bike. Put suitcase/barrel bag in bike travel case. Give travel case to hotel for pre-arranged pickup through BikeFlights.com

Gearhead Bicycles
1039 Terra Nova Boulevard, Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 359-7185


Day Two:

Pacifica to Santa Cruz 62 miles - 3404 ft climbing

Stay at:
Coastview Inn
301 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-0420
$70/night - Free breakfast, free wifi

Pacific Avenue Cycles
318 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 471-2453


Day Three:

Santa Cruz to Carmel
46.9 miles - 2027 ft climbing

Stay at:
Best Western Carmel's Town House Lodge
5th & San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 624-1261
$129/night - Free breakfast and high speed internet (need wireless router?)

OR

Carmel Mission Inn
3665 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 624-1841
$125/night (nicer) - Free wifi

Carmel Bicycle
26543 Carmel Rancho Boulevard, Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 625-2211


Day Four (also see Alternate Day Four):

Carmel to Lucia Lodge, Big Sur
49.4 miles - 5188 ft climbing
WARNING! There are some 11% grades on this stretch of road!

Stay at:
Lucia Lodge
62400 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9533 (831) 667-2391
$195.00/night, two night minimum - Free breakfast and wifi


Day Five:

Laundry/rest/rain day


Day Six:

Lucia Lodge to Cambria
48.2 miles - 3624 ft climbing

Stay at:
Creekside Inn
2618 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-4021
$79/night - Free wifi

Alternate Day Four:

Carmel to Big Sur
49.4 miles - 5188 ft climbing
WARNING! There are some 11% grades on this stretch of road!
Big Sur to Cambria
48.2 miles
Total of 97.6 miles - 8802 ft climbing
WARNING! There are some 11% grades on this stretch of road!

Stay at:
Creekside Inn
2618 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-4021
$79/night - Free wifi


Day Five:

Laundry/rest/rain day


Day Six:

Lucia Lodge to Cambria
48.2 miles - 3624 ft climbing

Stay at:
Creekside Inn
2618 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 927-4021
$79/night - Free wifi

Cambria Bicycle Outfitter
1602 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428
(805) 926-2230


Day Seven (or eight):

Cambria to Arroyo Grande
49.0 miles - 2027 ft climbing

Stay at:
Best Western Casa Grande Inn
850 Oak Park Boulevard, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420-1812
(805) 481-7398
$74.60/night - Free Breakfast

Trinity Cyclery
1343 West Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA 93433-2248 (805) 473-8324


Day Eight (or nine):

Arroyo Grande to Lompoc
43.7 mile - 2583 ft climbing

Stay at:
Comfort Inn and Suites
1621 North H st, Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 735-8555
$90.00/night - Free breakfast and wifi

Bicycles Unlimited
660 North H Street, Lompoc, CA
(805) 736-4064


Day Nine (or ten):

Lompoc to Goleta (Santa Barbara)
47.6 - 2706 ft climbing

Stay at:
Hampton Inn Goleta Santa Barbara Hotel
5665 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 681-9800
$144/night - Free breakfast and wifi

Velo Pro Cyclery
5887 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA
(805) 964-8355


Day Ten (or eleven):

Ship bike by FedEx (BikeFlights.com). Relax. Laundry.


Stay at Hampton Inn.


Day Eleven (or twelve):

Fly home


Total mileage 346.8