Check into the yurt rentals just south of monterey. We just went through pismo beach two weeks ago. Not sure i would be into leaving all my belongings in the car unsupervised in pismo. Carmel is a must see and worth staying for a couple of days. There is anu nuevo and then henry coe st park very close to santa cruz. Half moon bay stop by the brewry at the marina. Or have tea at the Ritz out on the bluff in hmb. They filmed american pie II there. Good friend was on the crew and I watched them shoot the registration desk scen. Lol cool place for sure worth a quick stop.