The world’s greatest meeting of land and sea, Big Sur spans the Pacific Coast from San Simeon to Carmel along the coastal range of the Santa Lucia Mountains. More than three million visitors per year explore the deep woods, ride horses on the beach, and visit local art galleries and restaurants all nestled along Highway 1, a river of asphalt that runs from the high cliffs to the open sea.
Big Sur is a world-class road trip with accommodations ranging from a human nest in a yurt camp to a 5-star resort perched on the hills and with dining options as diverse as home grown organics to Michelin Guide cuisine.
Big Sur’s coastline has long been the inspiration for artists, writers and visionaries from all over the world. Consisting of a few hotels, restaurants, and art galleries, the village of Big Sur, California, is surrounded by vast redwood-filled state parks.
Giant elephant seals bask on the sandy shores, and gray whales migrate past in the deep indigo waters twice a year, while this untouched terrain remains as wild and exhilarating as always.
Where to stay
Rooms and suites at Ventana Big Sur have wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor decks with forest and ocean views.
Where to Eat
Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn is the ultimate spot for a special celebration. Set high above the cliffs with floor-to-ceiling windows, the restaurant seems to float above the ocean.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park has a beautiful sandy beach for sunbathing in the summer, and offers great whale watching in December and January.
Like other tourist attractions in the Western U.S, Big Sur’s medieval beauty just subtly shows but it will fiercely burn any tourists’ heart taking a vacation there. Big Sur deserves to be a sparkling pearl into California.