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Moon Coastal California

From jagged cliffs and towering redwoods, to mysterious sea caves and legendary surf breaks, explore the best of California’s golden coast with Moon Coastal California.

Travel writer and longtime California resident Stuart Thornton covers the best of Coastal California, from hiking through redwoods in Big Sur to surfing the waves at Black’s Beach in San Diego. Thornton is the perfect tour guide, offering unique trip ideas for a wide variety of travelers, including Pacific Coast Road Trip and Romantic Getaways. Packed with Thornton’s expert advice on everything from choosing the best beaches to whale-watching to planning a fun side trip to Disneyland, Moon Coastal California gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

Coverage includes:

  • San Francisco and the Bay Area
  • Wine Country
  • North Coast
  • Monterey Bay
  • Big Sur and the Central Coast
  • Santa Barbara and Ventura
  • Los Angeles and Orange County
  • San Diego

Stuart Thornton

Stuart Thornton fell in love with California while working at the Big Sur Ranger Station after college. At work, he provided visitors with all sorts of information about the region, from the best places to camp to the best meal in the area. On his days off, he took his own advice and regularly sought out the top spots for hiking, backpacking, surfing, and snorkeling along that striking coastal region.

Stuart later moved to nearby Monterey to become a staff writer for the Monterey County Weekly, where he is still a contributor. He is the proud author of Moon Coastal California, Moon Santa Barbara & The Central Coast, Moon Spotlight Cambria & San Simeon, and Moon California Road Trip. In addition, Stuart has contributed to National Geographic Education, Relix Magazine, and Paste Magazine.

Stuart spends his time off searching for the next secluded beach, uncrowded wave, or mountain top vista. Learn more about his adventures and projects by visiting