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Cathedral City to Big Sur via Laguna Beach

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Cathedral City to Big Sur road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cathedral City to Big Sur. If you're planning a road trip to Big Sur, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Cathedral City
drive for about 2 hours

12:58 pm  Laguna Beach
stay overnight at Montage Laguna Beach
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Montage Laguna Beach
drive for about 6.5 hours

4:24 pm  arrive in Big Sur
stay at Fernwood Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Laguna Beach  (60 answers)
    Crystal Cove State Park  (10 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (3 mentions)
    Victoria Beach  (3 mentions)
    Dana Point Harbor  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
        Las Brisas
        Cafe Zoolu
        The Beachcomber Cafe
        Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    hotels around Laguna Beach:
        Montage Laguna Beach
        Surf and Sand Resort
        The Inn at Laguna Beach
        La Casa Del Camino
        Laguna Beach House
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?


Where's the best place to stay in Big Sur?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Big Sur.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Fernwood Resort, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn  (2 mentions)
Ventana Inn & Spa  (2 mentions)
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn  (2 mentions)

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Where's the best place to eat in Big Sur?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Nepenthe, which was mentioned 33 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Post Ranch Inn  (11 mentions)
Coast Gallery & Cafe  (4 mentions)
Big Sur River Inn  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Big Sur? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Big Sur?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

McWay Falls  (16 mentions)
Pfeiffer State Beach  (9 mentions)
Pfeiffer Beach  (6 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Big Sur. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Carolyn from Detroit asked:
Whats the best hike in Big Sur? Best beach?  (4 answers)

profile  Shawn from Presidio asked:
First-come, first-serve camping sites in Big Sur?  (1 answer)

profile  Jennifer from asked:
how far is the drive to sequoia national aprk  (1 answer)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Big Sur to Cathedral City drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Cathedral City to Big Sur. Or get a full Cathedral City to Big Sur flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Cathedral City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Cathedral City!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 458 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 34 minutes
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
203 Big Sur travel answers





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