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Laguna Beach to Monterey via San Luis Obispo

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Laguna Beach to Monterey road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Laguna Beach to Monterey. If you're planning a road trip to Monterey, 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 Laguna Beach
drive for about 1 hour

12:08 pm  Los Angeles
stay overnight at Shutters On the Beach
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 1 hour
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Shutters On the Beach
drive for about 3 hours

1:08 pm  San Luis Obispo
stay for about 3 hours
and leave at 4:08 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:29 pm  arrive in Monterey
eat at Passionfish
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

day 2 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Los Angeles  (612 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    hotels around Los Angeles:
        Shutters On the Beach
        Hotel Erwin
        The Standard Downtown LA
        Ace Hotel Los Angeles
        The Huntley Hotel
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Area an hour away from LAX airport

San Luis Obispo  (122 answers)
    Bishop Peak  (4 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around San Luis Obispo:
        Firestone Grill
        Novo Restaurant & Lounge
        Bello Mundo
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn
    questions about San Luis Obispo:
        Lodging
        Exploring SLO in March to scout moving there - what should I check out?
        What is your favorite restaurant in San Luis Obispo?
        Where to stay outside of San Luis Obispo for Cal Poly graduation


Where's the best place to stay in Monterey?

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 Monterey.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Mission Ranch Hotel, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Lodge at Pebble Beach  (2 mentions)
Seven Gables Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Monterey? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Monterey?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Passionfish, which was mentioned 7 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Katy's Place  (7 mentions)
Sunset Lounge  (3 mentions)

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What are some things to do in Monterey?

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:

Monterey Bay Aquarium  (41 mentions)
Pebble Beach  (21 mentions)
Point Lobos  (9 mentions)
17-Mile Drive  (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 Monterey. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Anne from Durham, North Carolina asked:
Restaurant recommendations for a large group dinner?  (3 answers)

profile  Joe from Sacramento asked:
What to do for a family outing in Monterey?  (3 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Things to do with the kiddos besides the aquarium  (2 answers)

profile  Cheryl from asked:
hotels in Monterey, CA  (2 answers)

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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 Monterey to Laguna Beach 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 Laguna Beach to Monterey. Or get a full Laguna Beach to Monterey 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 Laguna Beach well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Laguna Beach!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 382 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 39 minutes
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
612 Los Angeles travel answers
122 San Luis Obispo travel answers
167 Monterey travel answers





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