Here's a sample itinerary for a camping drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in your RV. If you're planning a road trip to Santa Barbara, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Find the best RV parks, campgrounds, hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members and AllStays. Scroll down to see all the RV campgrounds along the way.
9:00 am start in San Diego
drive for about 36 minutes
9:36 am Carlsbad (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:36 am
drive for about 51 minutes
1:34 pm Los Angeles
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 3:34 pm
drive for about 59 minutes
4:33 pm Malibu
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:33 pm
drive for about 47 minutes
6:20 pm Ventura
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:20 pm
drive for about 29 minutes
driving ≈ 5 hours
Carlsbad (California) (30 answers)
Paradise By The Sea RV Park (1 mention)
Oceanside RV Park (1 mention)
Oceanside Harbor (1 mention)
South Carlsbad State Beach (1 mention)
Del Mar Beach Cottages (1 mention)
Trailer Rancho (1 mention)
Olive Avenue RV Resort (1 mention)
Melrose RV Park (1 mention)
Guajome County Park (1 mention)
restaurants around Carlsbad (California):
hotels around Carlsbad (California):
Ocean Palms Beach Resort
Motel 6 Carlsbad Downtown
Extended Stay America San Diego - Carlsbad Village By The Sea
Laguna Beach (60 answers)
Crystal Cove State Park (1 mention)
Newport Dunes Resort (1 mention)
Doheny State Beach (1 mention)
restaurants around Laguna Beach:
Madison Square & Garden Cafe
hotels around Laguna Beach:
The Tides Hotel Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach House
Pacific Edge on Laguna Beach, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Holiday Inn Laguna Beach
questions about Laguna Beach:
Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?
Los Angeles (612 answers)
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?
Area an hour away from LAX airport
What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
Malibu (66 answers)
Malibu Beach RV Park (1 mention)
Malibu Creek State Park - Family Camp (1 mention)
restaurants around Malibu:
Spruzzo Restaurant & Bar
Coogie' Beach Cafe
hotels around Malibu:
Malibu Beach RV Park
Malibu Creek State Park
Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel
questions about Malibu:
Places to eat in Malibu?
Lunch recommendations near Getty Villa - Views? Kid Friendly?
Wine tasting in Malibu?
Ventura (16 answers)
Ventura Beach RV Resort (1 mention)
Emma Wood State Beach (1 mention)
McGrath State Beach (1 mention)
Foster County Park (1 mention)
Faria Beach County Park (1 mention)
Rincon Parkway County Park (1 mention)
Evergreen RV Park (1 mention)
Hobson Beach County Park (1 mention)
restaurants around Ventura:
Anacapa Brewing Company
hotels around Ventura:
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
Vagabond Inn Ventura
The Pierpont Inn & Spa
Ventura Beach RV Resort
questions about Ventura:
What to see, do & eat in Ventura, CA
Romantic weekend events/entertainment
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 Santa Barbara.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Canary Hotel Santa Barbara - A Kimpton Hotel.
Here are some more hotels people talk about:
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
GoPetFriendly suggests The Andersen Danish Restaurant & Bakery.
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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 AllStays:
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!
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Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of San Diego? Try searching for places within 3.5 hours of San Diego.
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