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There are many ways you can work your way down the US west coast - but a surf trip down this scenic shoreline is one of the most iconic. Whether you want tough breakers in Bolinas, or great beginner waves in Santa Cruz, the pacific has a surfari for everyone. Those who are wobbly on the waves can get some surf lessons in at Santa Monica to make sure they're standing strong by the time they've reached the surf haven of San Diego. Aquatic adrenaline junkies can stay at our Point Montara hostel and get close to the spot where the Mavericks is held every year - and if you decide to brave the blustery weather and head there in winter, you can even watch the event. The icing on the cake, or the foam on the crest, is that all of these surf spots are on Route 1 along the Pacific Coast Highway, spoiling you for choice with some awesome views: pass severe rocky cliff faces and churning oceans, where you can spot dolphins, seals and whales; visit tiny seaside towns offering a concentration of local character; make your way through pine forests and stop off at dreamy golden beaches for some downtime in between boarding sessions.