ON THREE LEGS OF THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, DRAMATIC SURF, JAW-DROPPING CLIFFS AND STUNNING SUNSETS ARE GUARANTEED. LEG 1 SAN DIEGO TO SANTA BARBARA Ã† Marilyn Monroe fi lmed Some Like It Hot at San Diego’s iconic Hotel del Coronado (below, right and left), making it a sizzling spot to kick off your road trip.
Built in 1888, the 28-acre Victorian-era resort presides over a private beach on Coronado Island. Get your blood pumping with a morning beachfront spin class, make sandcastles in the afternoon, and wind down with an evening s’mores bonfi re.
Off island, grab a freshcaught fish sandwich at Saturday’s open-air Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, then sample the best local IPAs with the help of a self-guided tour map of 70-plus breweries (follow @SDBeerNews on Twitter for recs). Romantic cliches are totally allowed on a honeymoon, so it’s worth a short detour from the coast to take a morning hotair-balloon ride over Temecula Valley’s wine country.
Heading north, mellow Huntington Beach is a classic O.C. beach town (visit its International Surfi ng Museum). This is the place to try the Ocean Strand walkway. The sleek PasÃ©a Hotel & Spa (right), opened in June 2016, means âœstrollâ in Spanish. The hotel’s surf butlers can arrange lessons to help you hang ten.