5 Day Central Coast Road Trip

big sur road trip

Written by Meghan Young - Jul 30, 2018

If you are looking for world class adventure on land *and* the sea, the Central Coast of California is hard to beat. Here is how we spent a week of outdoor adventure, food and fun.

First things first, you need an epic road tripping rig, especially for bombing sand dunes and the unmaintained forest roads of Big Sur. We went with the awesome 4x4 Jeep from Pacific Overlander, complete with a rooftop tent. It was a beast!

Day 1, Ventura: Kayaking Santa Cruz Island

No visit to the Central Coast should go without a trip to the Channel Island National Park, and there is perhaps no more breathtaking way to experience them than by Kayaking Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the islands. 

The crossing to the Islands is spectacular in and of itself so board early for the best seats. If you’re lucky, you’ll see several species of marine birds and mammals as you push through the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Keep your camera handy. You never know when a friendly pod of dolphins will come say hi!