I’ve always heard that the Pacific Coast Highway is amazing and it’s beautiful. In fact, the first time I stayed in Huntington Beach for work, I stayed at the Hyatt right along the PCH and it was beautiful. Actually more than beautiful, it was surreal. Now that I live in LA, PCH is just so close and easy to get to. But recently I’ve noticed that there’s this stretch of PCH in South Bay that isn’t actually along the water. It’s between rows and rows of buildings and it definitely lost it’s luster for me.
Until, I went up to Malibu and realized that those few blocks of buildings in South Bay had nothing on the rest of PCH. Driving along the PCH on your way to Malibu is a must. If you come to LA and you get a car, this is one of the things you need to do. It is one of the most beautiful drives I’ve experienced (after the Amalfi Coast of course). One thing, you need to be careful while you’re up here because it is a highway so you may get easily distracted by the beauty of the water and the beaches. I’ve heard that the stretch along Malibu is actually very dangerous because there’s no barrier between the two sides of the roads going opposite directions and it’s got quite a bit of curves so it can get dangerous.
Driving along PCH is definitely a different experience when you’re up in Malibu. The water up there seems more blue, the beaches are beautiful and the cliffs of Malibu are on the other side of you as you drive. It actually doesn’t feel like you’re in a city anymore. It feels like the ultimate road trip that people dream about when they’re kids. It’s actually the full embodiment of what I assumed the ultimate California road trip would look like.
I am glad that I got the opportunity to drive along PCH and mark that off my list of things to do while I’m in LA. This is probably going to be one of those drives that I take when I need to clear my head or get away from the city.
Do you have a favorite drive?