Baja, Mexico Baja, Mexico, seems almost made for road trips unlike anywhere else I've been. When you get away from the coast and into the Sierra (as in this image of Rumorosa in Baja California Norte), the crowds will drop away fast.
Surf lines at Scorpion Bay, San Juanico (Baja, California, 600 miles south of San Diego). The sandy beaches extend for more than 20 miles, south to Punta San Gregorio. Waves here frequently provide fine surfing opportunities.
The Malecon, a place of endless beauty - La Paz, BCS