Top tennis star Maria Sharapova’s not just a tennis pro, she’s a Porsche fan who’s favorite drive from LA is up the Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1.

We found this out in a new Los Angeles Times feature, L.A. Drives. In the feature from last weekend, reporter Charles Fleming rode with Sharpanova to a Porsche promo event, where she talked about the PCH.

Fleming’s story, and the accompanying video, gives a quick rundown of the route, concentrating on places to stop. I guess that leaves me to talk a bit about the roads, just in case your road trip takes you outside of San Diego.

Without a doubt, these roads are among the most spectacular in the world, even better when you go north to south. That puts your car on the ocean side of the street.

The most famous parts of the route are places where Highway 1 clings to the edge of the ocean cliffs or is close enough to feel the spray of the surf. Monterey/Carmel south through Big Sur to Morro Bay is the most celebrated stretch; I don’t know how many car commercials have been shot here, especially where it crosses the Bixby Creek Bridge. You can check out my story on Hearst’s Hacienda, located nearby, for my impressions of the area.

This road is fun for its twists and turns as it hugs the rugged clifftops. My best drives have been on the weekdays in the winter, as traffic can be heavy on the single lanes in the summer. The weather can also be better in the winter… chilly, but not foggy, assuming you’re not there during a storm.

Classic car ad spot... Pt. Mugu in Southern California.
Classic car ad spot… Pt. Mugu in Southern California.

South of Oxnard, Highway 1 reappears and swings back to the coast at Pt. Mugu. Not only did my Mini Countryman pose there for a photo, car companies have probably selected this spot for TV commercials only second to Bixby Creek Bridge.

The road here is better for cruising, as it runs on the beach. It’s really a gorgeous ride from Oxnard to Malibu. North of Oxnard are some pretty cool drives, too. Read more.


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