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Oakland to Laguna Beach via Santa Barbara

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Oakland to Laguna Beach road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Oakland to Laguna Beach. If you're planning a road trip to Laguna Beach, 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 Oakland
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:28 pm  Santa Barbara
stay overnight at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
drive for about 2.5 hours

1:36 pm  arrive in Laguna Beach
stay at Montage Laguna Beach

day 2 driving ≈ 2.5 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Santa Barbara  (189 answers)
    Butterfly Beach  (7 mentions)
    Bacara Resort & Spa  (6 mentions)
    Hendry's Beach  (4 mentions)
    Stearns Wharf  (4 mentions)
    The Funk Zone  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Barbara:
        McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
        La Super-Rica Taqueria
        The Lark - Santa Barbara
        Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
        The Palace Grill
    hotels around Santa Barbara:
        Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
        Isla Vista
        San Ysidro Ranch
        El Encanto Hotel
    questions about Santa Barbara:
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        Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara
        Best Beach in Santa Barbara?
        24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?
        How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?


Where's the best place to stay in Laguna Beach?

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 Laguna Beach.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Montage Laguna Beach, which was mentioned 10 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Surf and Sand Resort  (5 mentions)
La Casa Del Camino  (3 mentions)
Laguna Beach House  (3 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in Laguna Beach?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Las Brisas  (3 mentions)
Cafe Zoolu  (2 mentions)
The Beachcomber Cafe  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Laguna Beach? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Laguna Beach?

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:

Crystal Cove State Park  (10 mentions)
Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
Balboa Island  (3 mentions)
Victoria Beach  (3 mentions)
Dana Point Harbor  (2 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 Laguna Beach. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Alex from Santa Cruz asked:
Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach  (4 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?  (3 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 Laguna Beach to Oakland 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 Oakland to Laguna Beach. Or get a full Oakland to Laguna Beach 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 Oakland well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Oakland!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 466 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 31 minutes
57 Oakland travel answers
189 Santa Barbara travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers





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