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Oakland to Monterey drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets


Oakland to Monterey road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Oakland to Monterey. If you're planning a road trip to Monterey, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Oakland and Monterey. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Oakland
drive for about 50 minutes

10:50 am  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:50 am
drive for about 39 minutes

12:30 pm  Santa Cruz
eat at Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:30 pm
drive for about 45 minutes

2:14 pm  Salinas
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:14 pm
drive for about 31 minutes

3:46 pm  Carmel
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 5:01 pm
drive for about 10 minutes

5:11 pm  arrive in Monterey
eat at Passionfish
stay at Mission Ranch Hotel

driving ≈ 3 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Oakland, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.



How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.



Where should I stop along the way?

San Jose  (38 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Free things to do in San Jose?
Santa Cruz  (84 answers)
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  (20 mentions)
    Natural Bridges State Beach  (4 mentions)
    The Mystery Spot  (4 mentions)
    Santa Cruz Beach  (4 mentions)
    Seabright State Beach  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Santa Cruz:
        Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
        Marianne's Ice Cream‎
    questions about Santa Cruz:
        Activities during reunion in santa cruz
        What are some must places to go to in Santa Cruz, CA
        Names of beaches that aren't so crowded
        Best Things To Do In Santa Cruz?
        Are there any good restaurants in Santa Cruz?
Salinas  (4 answers)
Carmel  (103 answers)
    Monterey Bay Aquarium  (41 mentions)
    Pebble Beach  (21 mentions)
    Point Lobos  (9 mentions)
    Point Lobos State Reserve  (8 mentions)
    17-Mile Drive  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Carmel:
        Passionfish
        Katy's Place
        Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant
        Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar
        Sunset Lounge
    hotels around Carmel:
        Mission Ranch Hotel
        Lodge at Pebble Beach
        Seven Gables Inn
        Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
        La Playa Hotel Carmel-By-The-Sea
    questions about Carmel:
        Favorite Restaurants & Wineries
        Luxurious but not pretentious hotels and any restaurant recommendations




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Monterey, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.



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)

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





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






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 111 miles
driving time of 2 hours
46 Oakland travel answers
38 San Jose travel answers
84 Santa Cruz travel answers
4 Salinas travel answers
103 Carmel travel answers
166 Monterey travel answers





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