I am planning a summer trip in August from Tucson, AZ to Monterey, Ca. We will have about one and a half weeks. I want to do this on the cheap, staying in hostels the whole time with the possibility of camping in Big Sur if I can get a spot in the state park. We are really focused on hiking, surfing and beach walking. My questions are:
1. What is the best starting off point in CA, I was told to hit Santa Barbara then head up from there.
2. Any advice on which towns have the best hostels? Also cheap inns/motels/ect if we want to "splurge".
3. Favorite state parks along the way that I shouldn't miss.
4. Awesome food stops
Any other advice is welcome, thank you :)