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California Highway 1 (also known as Pacific Coast Highway) winds through Big Sur flanked by the steep Santa Lucia Mountains to the east and the rocky Pacific Coast to the west. From the north, Big Sur begins just south of Carmel and continues south through the small settlements of Big Sur Village (between Andrew Molera State Park and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park), Posts, Slates Hot Springs, Lucia, and Gorda. It ends near San Carpoforo Creek north of San Simeon (where the Hearst Castle is located). When driving on Highway 1 through Big Sur be sure to stop at the many pull outs and vista points to see the beauty of the area.

Big Sur Village 26 miles south of Carmel is a mile-long village containing three gas stations, roadside markets, lodges, camp grounds, and restaurants. For more information visit the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce [4], which is continually updated with a calendar of events.

Big Sur is a remote area accessible using Highway 1 or from the east via the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road beginning in Jolon. The easiest and most common way to get there is by car, though some enthusiastic adventurers cycle along the highway. There are few gas stations and gas can be very expensive, so it’s best to fill up before hand. During the winter, the road is subject to washouts and mud slides. Check highway conditions before you go and drive carefully when you do. If possible, avoid driving at night or in foggy conditions.

From San Francisco take US-101 south to CA-156 west which merges with Highway 1 about 20 miles north of the Big Sur area. The trip to Big Sur is about 125 miles and if you avoid rush hour traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area takes two hours.

From Los Angeles take US-101 north and exit onto Highway 1 toward Morro Bay/Hearst Castle. It’s normally about a 250 mile and 4-5 hour drive. As of 2018, the hhighway is closed 4.6 miles north of Ragged Point at Mud Creek until mid-September due to a mud slide. An alternative route is to travel north on Highway 101 to Jolon and take the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road west.

Monterey-Salinas Transit route 22 bus runs from downtown Monterey to Nepenthe in Big Sur. During the summer it operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day (last week of May through first week of September) three times a day, and during the rest of the year it only offers service on weekends. Bus service may be canceled during bad weather, so check the schedule or call MST at 888-678-2871 for information.

Hiking/backpacking – There are over 80 day hikes, varying in length and difficulty. There are hikes to beaches and vistas along the coast, along rivers and through canyons, and through redwood forests in the Santa Lucia Mts. For longer and more remote adventures, backpacking is an option. There are hundreds of miles of trails through the region, particularly the Ventana Wilderness. Be prepared and know what you are doing before going backpacking in the Wilderness. More information can be found at the Big Sur Ranger Station located 3 miles south of Big Sur Village, 831-667-2315. NOTE: Always check conditions before hiking or backpacking. Hiking areas in Big Sur can be closed down in winter due to mudslides. Know before you go.

• Pfeiffer Beach, 2.5 miles south of Big Sur Village turn west on Sycamore Canyon Rd (unmarked road, only paved and non-gated road to the west in the area). Great sunsets and a fun beach. Dig into the wet sand and find it is purple due to manganese garnet. If you are heading south on Route 1, the key to finding this beach is to look for the yellow sign – "NARROW ROAD No RVs – Trailers". $10 parking fee, cash only. Be careful, cars parked on the road will get towed.

• Point Lobos State Reserve, 24 miles north of Big Sur Village (just south of Carmel), 831-624-4909, [10]. Well managed and developed recreation area offering many hikes, beaches, coves and points. Also offers SCUBA by permit only. Often referred to as the crown jewel of the State Park System. $10 per car.

• Del Campo Gallery, fine art by Big Sur artists. A hidden treasure worth finding. Formerly ARS Gallery, located on Hwy 1 at Loma Vista in the Courtyard of the Spirit Garden. [11]. Daily except Tu 11:00-6:00. Also by appointment: 831-667-2618

• Fernwood Resort, just north of Big Sur Village, 831-667-2422, [36]. Lodging, food, and a bar all in the same place. Open later than almost anywhere, with pizza by the slice available most nights after 10pm. You’re likely to see every local in Big Sur here after dinner, listening to a band, drinking, and playing ping pong on the back patio. Very casual.

The two main options for sleeping in Big Sur are either camping or staying in a hotel/resort. Some locations have both options provided. Camping is popular in Big Sur and there are many small campgrounds through the region that are not listed below but can be found along Highway 1.

• Big Sur Campground and Cabins, 47000 Highway 1, Big Sur (just south of River Inn), 831-667-2322, [37]. Accommodations include campsites, tent-cabins and rustic cabins, all beneath giant redwoods and beside the Big Sur river. There is great swimming in the river and hiking is close by. Kids can ride inner-tubes or rubber boats down the river and a short 3 mile drive either north or south will get you to beautiful beaches (Pfieffer to the south and Molera to the north.)

• Big Sur Lodge, 47225 Highway 1, Big Sur (just south of Big Sur Village), 800-424-4787 or 831-667-3100, [38]. Lies within Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Contains 61 cottage style units and all resort amenities. Many cabins have a fireplace, and the resort prvides a bundle of wood each night plus a Duraflame firestarter (bring your own matches!).

• Big Sur River Inn, Highway 1 at Pheneger Creek, Big Sur, 831-667-2700 or 800-548-3610, [39]. Heated swimming pool. Full service restaurant and bar. 20 guest rooms. Rates: Rooms with one queen bed $125 – $170; Rooms with two queen sized beds $150 – $215; Two room, Riverside Suite with one king size bed and two single day beds $225 – $270. The higher rates are in effect during high season. The rooms are in cabins made from fragrant wood, the beds are comfortable, and there are excellent products for the shower, so you do get value for your money.

• Limekiln State Park, Highway 1, 831-667-2403, [43]. Gorgeous campsites along a creek that runs into the ocean. Sites on the beach and under the redwoods. There are a few small hikes to the historic limekilns and a significant waterfall (be prepared to cross the creek a few times to get to the waterfall, but it’s so worth it in the spring).

• Kirk creek campground. Just south of Lucia and Limekiln SP. All campsites are located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. There are few trees (much warmer than under the redwoods!) and the sites are on well kept grass. Amazing sunsets and decent bathrooms. There are a few nice short trails leading down to the beach.

Be aware that there are long stretches of coastline with little or no cell phone signal, and plan accordingly. Also, fill your gas tank before you drive to the area, as gas stations are few, and some charge as much as $7 a gallon! It is also highly advisable to buy bottled water or replenish your supply from good tap water (the tap water in Big Sur Village, for example, which is delicious mountain spring water) when you have the chance, and try to avoid being caught having to drive long distances after dark with the fog rolling over the highway. Big Sur is very wild country for long stretches. A sign that might exemplify this for you is one that appears on Route 1 southbound, showing curves, with the text "Next 72 miles"!