EXPLORE: Big Sur, CA
Iconic Shot of McWay Falls in Big Sur, CA
Big Sur is nothing but PURE BEAUTY! The drive up the coast is a long winding road with little to no cell service. If you have not seen this yet make sure you do. It is something so breathtaking, so peaceful, and so lovely. Be sure to say yes to a Big Sur road trip adventure! We’ve never seen the water so blue and clear off the California coast; it goes to show you how much of California is polluted after seeing this. The entire drive is a view in-itself but make sure to always pull off to the side of the road as often as possible. It’s important to cherish these incredible views!
Our Favorite Things To Do
Point Lobos - Beautiful trails that would lead you to paradise! Julia Pfeiffer State Beach - Currently closed due to a mudslide, check the website to hear updates for openings. The beach is beautiful and the sunsets are even better! Make sure to get down there before sunset and sometimes it gets really windy & chilly, be prepared for sand storms! McWay Falls - This is a must see part of Julia Pfeiffer state park, it’s a beautiful 80ft waterfall that pours into the Pacific Ocean that you can see from highway 1. There are trails that you can take to get closer, however sometimes there is a park ranger and they close it off for various reasons. Bixby Bridge - This is a gorgeous historic bridge with the best views of the Pacific Ocean; it makes for great photo ops! There are different viewpoints and angles to it, and be sure to park and get out of the car for this.
Our Favorite Places To Stay
CAMPSITES Kirk Creek Campsite - This campsite was the best campsite we’ve ever stayed at, because of the prime location. You have an overlook of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and hear the waves crashing against the rocks at night, and the views of the stars are absolutely incredible. We found a trail down to the beach from the campsite area that took you down thru a little creek and leads you to the rocks and an upfront view of the waves crashing. (Probably where the name Kirk Creek came from). Make sure to book campsite ahead, this does tends to fill up quick. The other option is first come first served, and sometimes you get lucky and get the last spot possible, like we did. Limekiln State Park Campsite -We enjoyed this campsite because it was its own state park, and it had 3 different choices of campgrounds. You can either choose to camp near the creek, near the beach, or near the redwoods. Make sure to reserve these sites in advance. Pfeiffer State Park Campsite - This campsite is filled of hiking trail; there is no coastal access at this site. Check out website to reserve a site.
HOTELS If you aren’t the camper type and want to experience a different type of stay, there are a few hotels that range from 3- 5 stars stays. They are all unbelievable, the views are ridiculous. These hotels are great for special occasions, for example if you were celebrating getting away for your new engagement, honey moon, birthday, or just because! I would suggest staying at least 1 night in a hotel to get a different type of feel or just go to these hotels to check out what they have to offer.
Post Inn Ranch - Even if you dont stay, stop here for the views! Ventana Big Sur - This one fills up quick and for a good reason. Make your reservation early! Highland Inn Hyatt – Nestled upon a scenic clifftop overlooking the stunning Big Sur coast. Bernardus Lodge & Spa - Who doesn't love a mountainside spa?! Glen Oaks Big Sur - On Highway 1 and a mile from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, this trendy retro-inspired motel with cabins is also 7 miles from Point Sur Lighthouse. Deetjens Big Sur Inn - Homey, country-style rooms, cabins and houses have antique furnishings and scenic woodland views; some add amenities such as private decks, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Treebones Resort - Want to stay in a YURT? This is the spot to do it. Make sure to book a reservation!
Our Favorite Places to Eat
Nepenthe - This restaurant has one of the best views. Grab a refreshing beer and soak in the fresh air! Sierra Mar - Fine dining located at the Post Ranch Inn. Be sure to make a reservation for sunset, the views are to die for. Deetjens - This is a restaurant with great history of Big Sur located at the Big Sur Inn.
Ventana Dining - This restaurant is located on top of the hill with great ocean views and delicious food. Big Sur Road House - Serving breakfast and lunch in a unique environment located at Glen Oaks Big Sur.
Our Favorite Views