MILES FROM LOS ANGELES
295 miles via CA-1 N.
National Park Service
Welcome to the home of Highway 1. Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur is known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the coastline. The sparsely populated region has numerous state parks for hiking, camping and beachcombing.
The rough breaks and cold water of the Big Sur coastline often means big surf — especially in the winter. If you're a seasoned surfer, the best offerings are Sand Dollar, Andrew Molera State Park and Pfeiffer Beaches.
You'll find kayaking opportunities close by in Monterrey. Kayak out at Moss Landing and watch whales, seals and sea otters. Rentals are available from Monterrey Bay Kayaks.
Hiking in and around Big Sur is abundant. AllTrails has an extensive list of hiking options with varying difficulty.
Kirk Creek Situated on a bluff with coastline views.
Limeklin Set back in the redwoods alongside a creek that runs out to the ocean.
Plaskett Creek A family beach that tends to be crowded; across the street from Sand Dollar Beach.
Ventana A bit more expensive than other campgrounds; service and hospitality are outstanding.
A laid back bakery/cafe nestled in a 1930's ranch style house. As a main food attraction in Big Sur, the bakery tends to be crowded. You'll always find people having coffee or tea in the morning, pizza in the afternoon and family style meals in the evening.
Family-owned/operated for 30 years and located in the center of Big Sur. The deli features specialty sandwiches made to order, as well as a variety of sides. The general store carries essentials and a selection of grocery items, including beer and wine.
Under the same ownership as the Deli & General Store — you can grab a sandwich and take it over to enjoy a local brew or Monterey County wine. They also offer a small selection of pub fare.
Nepenthe opened in 1949 — around the same time legendary creatives came to Big Sur from all over the world. Café Kevah is located on an outdoor terrace, offering a view of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains. They're focused on using fresh ingredients and offer breakfast & lunch. Nepenthe offers indoor and outdoor terrace seating — open for lunch and dinner.
A rustic, down-home style restaurant that has something for everyone. The restaurant is part of the Inn and open to all travelers. Grab pancakes or a burger and enjoy the colorful scenery. They even have a fully stocked bar!
A popular local watering hole built in the traditional Big Sur style with redwood timbers. Fernwood's homespun atmosphere attracts a variety of locals and tourists, making for some entertaining evenings. Especially popular when live entertainment is available, usually Saturday nights.
The grounds of Ventana are expansive and offer camping, glamping and lodging. The glamping is an elevated luxury experience, as are the 59 suites on the hotel property.
At 1,200 ft. above the Pacific Ocean, this resort is built into the cliffs of Big Sur — perfect for romance and/or rejuvenation. Eco-sensitive rooms offer stunning mountain or ocean views. There's even an award-winning spa!
Open since 1934, this rustic inn was Big Sur's first hotel and restaurant. Just a few minutes drive from Pfeiffer State Beach and Pfeiffer State Park.
Created in honor of the great American writer, who called Big Sur home for some time. Run as a non-profit art center, book store and performance venue.
Founded in 1962 by Michael Murphy and Dick Price, on 27 acres of coastline. Aldous Huxley played a large role in the mission of Esalen becoming an institution — the birthplace of Gestalt psychology.