Big Sur California
One of the wildest, most beautiful regions of the Central Coast is in Big Sur California, where the mountains meet the sea in dramatic contrast.
To access this mostly unspoiled wilderness, you must take Highway 1. From Carmel to Cambria is about 100 miles of narrow, curvy, road. The Big Sur Valley itself is at the northern end and is about 6 miles long.
Some say the best views are enjoyed by taking the southbound route, which starts in the Monterey Peninsula, about 30 miles north of Big Sur proper.
There's really no town, it's more of a "place" of scenic beauty. Some might even go so far as to say that Big Sur is more of a "state of mind".
Houses are scattered here and there in the trees, and there's a few stores along the road and the occasional lodge or restaurant.
Highway 1 winds along between the Santa Lucia Mountains above and the Pacific Ocean below, with sharp cliffs and narrow steep canyons along the way.
The main activities in the area are driving (but if you're the driver, keep your eyes on the road as there are a lot of switchbacks), camping, hiking, shooting photos and enjoying scenic vistas at various stops along the way.
Be sure to bring a map, as most hiking trails and beaches are unmarked.
The Big Sur Coast can be cool (for California) isn summer, ranging from the 50's to the 60's, getting much warmer inland. Winter gets down to the 40's through 60's (Farenheit). It seldom rains in summer, but averages around forty inches in winter.
Most people come to Big Sur to camp, hike or just enjoy the natural wonders of the area. There are fine places to eat lunch with a magnificent view.
There are stunning beaches (too cold to swim in), State Parks, a lighthouse, trails and the Big Sur River.
See info on Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Where To Stay
Campgrounds are fairly plentiful in Big Sur, but they book up fast in summer.
Read about Big Sur camping spots.
Big Sur Campground and Cabins
has a combination of tent sites, RV sites, tent cabins and cabins with kitchens.
There are also several lodges or inns to choose from for those who like a bit more between them and Mother Nature.
Click here for Big Sur Lodging options.
You can also enjoy coming to Big Sur California as a day trip from Monterey, stopping for lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the incredible coastline.
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