Cruise from LA but not interested in LA ???

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#1
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I am looking at a Mexican Riviera cruise out of LA but have no interest in sightseeing there. Any suggestions of a different city to fly into and a scenic drive to reach port?


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i'm slightly confused by the question, were you thinking of coming in a few days early, or day before and then a drive? san Diego and santa barbara would be decentish scenic drives to los angeles. san fancisco is quite a long drive, but for either Sf or SB you could take the amtrack coast starlight down, it is a beautiful trip from up north to los angeles union station. there is also amtrack form san Diego, but i haven't done that on yet. vegas can be a 4-5 hour drive, but not necessarily scenic.
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Looking to fly in a few days early or stay after and want to make use of flying across the country to sightsee.


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Not sure when the cruise is.

One option is to fly to San Francisco and then take a few days driving down the coast and stopping at different places before you reach Los Angeles. Certainly another option is to spend a couple of days in San Diego.

Whatever you do consider the price of a R/T ticket if you are flying to and from different airport.

Another option is to fly to LAX and rent the car there and drive north or south and then drive back and drop the car off and then make your way to the cruise.

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From the tips given it looks like San Fransisco to LA along the coast is the winner. I am taking 4 days prior to the cruise to make the drive.
I have a lot of research to do!


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Hope March is a good time of year ...


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For the drive from San Francisco to LA, made sure to check TripAdvisor for the status of the major road closure around Big Sur. You can no longer drive the coast Rt. 1 all the way, but have to detour inland around the downed bridge and landslide. You don't say when your trip is, but the road problems will continue at least through December. Here's a link to the TripAdvisor California Travel Forum:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForu...alifornia.html

Once you get there, check the "Top Questions" on the top right for the articles on the Big Sur closures. You can do the scenic route for much of the way, just be aware of the limitation when planning.
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Originally posted by familycruzer
Hope March is a good time of year ...


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One thing to keep in mind is that March is part of the rainy season in Southern California and perhaps even farther north.
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Originally posted by Cruisin' Chick
One thing to keep in mind is that March is part of the rainy season in Southern California and perhaps even farther north.

What do you consider north and how much rain?


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Fly into San Diego. It is a wonderful city.

Then take the commuter train from San Diego to Los Angeles. That will take you to Union Station, downtown Los Angeles. From there it's a head scratcher to get to San Pedro, but there will be a way. Maybe just Uber it.

The train is called the Surfliner I believe.

http://www.pacificsurfliner.com/
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Actually, that train could solve your Santa Barbara to Los Angeles problem as well.

Taking the train if it works in So Cal is a viable option. Amtrak does a fair job, I've done it more than a few times. Just don't expect German level adherence to time tables. Leave a half day cushion.

Also being on the train as you pass thousands of cars stuck in traffic is the ultimate revenge.
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Originally posted by familycruzer
What do you consider north and how much rain?


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Northern California is considered San Francisco area and up into Napa/Sonoma areas. Far Northern California extends up to the Oregon Border.

How much rain? Anybody's guess. Up to Fall 2016 we suffered a very severe multi-year drought, some reservoirs were below 20% capacity. The 2016-2017 school year was at record or near record setting in terms of rain and snow. So much that our drought has diminished significantly.

In CA you have to request water in restaurants.
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Two different experiences. San Diego (and La Jolla) are wonderful places with lots to see. I've also done the drive down the PCH from San Francisco to San Diego (you drive right through LA). The drive is amazing - we stayed overnight in San Luis Obispo. Toured a couple of wineries and also spent an afternoon at Hearst Castle. But as someone posted the major roadblock in Big Sur will cause a reroute.
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Why don't you just take a HAL Mexican Riviera cruise out of San Diego rather than going from LA (Princess, Carnival, NCL)?
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#17
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Originally posted by Splinter
Why don't you just take a HAL Mexican Riviera cruise out of San Diego rather than going from LA (Princess, Carnival, NCL)?


Because I have a future certificate I need to use and $600 worth of points on my NCL card


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The land slide on Hwy 1 is expected to block the route through Big Sur for at least another year (the bridge may be resolved by December), but that also depends on no more mud slides during this coming winter rainy season. Driving 101 from San Francisco is not nearly as nice as on Hwy 1 through Big Sur.

Another option might be flying into John Wayne/Orange County Airport, and then renting a car to visit Palm Springs or Joshua Tree (March is usually a good desert flower time), Laguna Beach and the Orange County beach areas (too cold to swim, but beautiful in March often), or go to San Diego and back. Disneyland is also an option. If you return your rental car to the airport location, you can then take Supershuttle or other shared shuttle to the port in Long Beach pretty easily.
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Another option would be Ventura and Ojai. Both are charming. Channel Islands National Park is offshore with Park headquarters being in Ventura. There are boat day trips offered and the scenery is unique. Ojai has wonderful little shops and several very upscale hotels.


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Originally posted by Iwant2BatC
Another option would be Ventura and Ojai. Both are charming. Channel Islands National Park is offshore with Park headquarters being in Ventura. There are boat day trips offered and the scenery is unique. Ojai has wonderful little shops and several very upscale hotels.


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