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Rent a car and drive just 20 minutes from the heart of San Diego, and you’ll find yourself in a quiet corner of the magnificent Californian coastline. Rugged cliffs, windswept beaches, waterfront restaurants and independent boutiques await.

Having a car is a must to fully appreciate this stretch of Pacific coastline. There are hidden beaches to be discovered, San Diego and its attractions are on the doorstep, and there are golf courses, nature reserves and surf towns within easy reach. Orbitz offers a huge range of rental companies and cars – pick a convertible and hit the coastal highway in true California style.

La Jolla and beyond: Three destinations by car

Set off to discover what California’s coastline has to offer. Here are three great places you can easily drive to.

San Diego

In La Jolla you are just a few minutes’ drive from San Diego Downtown. Why not set off to explore the city’s neighborhoods and experience their different characters? Visit the bubbling cultural heart of San Diego in Downtown, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, sample authentic local flavor in Little Italy, or head to the waterfront Embarcadero.

Journey time: Around 18 minutes

Distance: About 13 miles


With a long and proud surfing heritage, Encinitas, with its six miles of Pacific coastline, today remains one of the best surf towns on the planet. Perfect rollers crash onto strips of sandy beach backed by cliffs. In town, a chilled vibe prevails, and you can while away a day just soaking up the peaceful surfer dude atmosphere.

Journey time: Around 25 minutes

Distance: About 17 miles

Newport Beach

For a taste of a completely different beachside town, head to tiny, affluent Newport Beach. Feel as though you’ve stepped into TV shows such as Real Housewives and The O.C. as you drive past mansions and sports cars. There are some excellent restaurants, funky shops to explore, and a fabulous beach.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 20 minutes

Distance: About 82 miles