Wideshot of the Del Mar, California coastline, with ocean, cliffs and railroad tracks.

The Pacific Surfliner Train transports riders down the Southern California coast, an excellent way to see some of the best cities and surf towns in the region. With train tracks that hug the beach and special storage for surfboards and bikes, the journey encourages adventure, exploration and relaxation. Here are 5 great stop offs for your trip:

San Luis Obispo

Head to San Luis Obispo and experience some of the many pleasures the central coast city has to offer. From hiking and zip lining to great shopping and restaurants, SLO provides stomping grounds for all kinds of visitors. It is also home to one of the best Farmer’s Markets around. Go on a Thursday night for the famous Downtown Market, which includes local produce, live music, barbecue and all kinds of handmade crafts.


Just south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria feels like the charming California of the past. With old-fashioned candy shops, retro burger joints (including the very popular “The Spot”) and expansive, clean beaches, it is an idyllic vacation destination. Check out First Fridays Downtown for music, gallery openings and local street vendors, held every month from 5-8 pm.


If you’re looking for major entertainment and world-famous tourist attractions, head to Anaheim and take your pick. Here you can watch a baseball game at Angels Stadium or attend a headliner concert at the Honda Center. For a day of fun with your family, try visiting amusement parks such as Knott’s Berry Farm, California Adventure, or the quintessential Disneyland.


Those traveling south from SB should consider Oceanside, a world of quaint surf culture, local museums, art galleries and great beaches. Located north of San Diego, the town is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Be sure to take a stroll on the pier and enjoy some local seafood caught daily!  

Santa Barbara

Combining the entertainment of a big city with the laid-back vibes of a small beach town, Santa Barbara truly is the best of both worlds and a necessary stop on any Southern California vacation. Spend your time here visiting great beaches, shopping at boutique stores, enjoying authentic Mexican food and experiencing the casual elegance of Hotel Milo. Whether you like hiking in the mountains or swimming in the ocean, this is the place that will be hardest to leave.