Driving the Pacific Coast Highway 1

Self Drive Central California Coast

Cruise along Pacific Highway 1 and witness scenic ocean views

Drive along one of America's most famous roads, the Pacific Highway 1. From the rugged stretch of the central coast, Big Sur to the Mediterranean style city of Santa Barbara; a self drive holiday to this region will not disappoint. 

We recommend driving from North to South as this will enable you to easily pull into lookout points for capturing those holiday photos you won't want to miss. Stop off in quaint seaside towns, visit picture postcard sea cliffs and beaches and let's not forget that Californian is known for wine. Yes you might always think of Napa when it comes to wine, but there are artisan vintners and family-owned wineries scattered through rolling hills and sunny valleys a short distance from the ocean. Santa Barbara has even brought the vineyards to the beach and has urban tasting rooms in former industrial warehouses, called the Funk Zone - a great place to sip, savor and smile.

Hire a convertible so you can cruise down coastal road with the top down and glorious Californian sun on your face; it also makes for an incredible photo to have the convertible and epic backdrop together. Perhaps you are a motorcyclist? EagleRider rental is also an incredible way to experience this awesome drive as you feel the curves of the winding road and ocean spray, whether you join a guided tour or go it alone. Then there are Motorhomes. These offer the perfect mix of freedom and flexibility as your transportation and accommodation are combined, plus they are fantastic for a family break - a road trip the children will never forget.

Extend your self drive to include further sections of the West Coast - perhaps start your trip in Portland, Oregon or even further north in Vancouver, Canada.