Moon Coastal California

Fourth Edition, September 2013
Pages: 680

Price: $21.99 USD
ISBN: 9781566919982

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612385679

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.

What’s inside Moon Coastal California

Enjoy the very best of Coastal California with these itineraries:
Explore what Coastal California has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

    • San Diego
    • San Francisco and the Bay Area including Marin County, East Bay, San Jose, and Coastside
    • Wine Country including Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Russian River Valley
    • North Coast including Sonoma Coast, Mendocino Coast, Mendocino Wine Country, The Redwood Coast, The Lost Coast, Eureka and Vicinity, Arcata, Trinidad and Vicinity, Redwood National and State Parks, and Crescent City
    • Monterey Bay including Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Carmel Valley
    • Big Sur and the Central Coast including Big Sur, Cambria and Vicinity, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Pismo Beach
    • Santa Barbara and Ventura including The Gaviota Coast and Channel Islands National Park
    • Los Angeles and Orange County including Disneyland Resort, South Bay, Catalina Island, and Orange County Coast

Stuart Thornton first fell in love with the California coast when he got a job at the Big Sur Ranger Station. At work, he provided visitors with all sorts of information about the region, from the best places to camp to the best meals in the area. On his days off, he took his own advice and regularly sought out the best local spots for hiking, backpacking, surfing, and snorkeling.

Stuart later moved to nearby Monterey to become a staff writer for the Monterey County Weekly, and he now works as a freelance writer for a range of publications from National Geographic Education toRelix Magazine.

While working on this book, Stuart traveled the length and breadth of the coastline. He paddled through the glowing green sea caves of the Channel Islands, took in the wealth of artwork at Los Angeles’ Getty Center, kayaked Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, and finally surfed the renowned surf break Trestles near San Clemente.

When not searching for the next great secluded beach, uncrowded wave, or quirky coastal attraction, Stuart lives in Marina, California.