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Big Sur Coast, CA

About Big Sur Coast

Stretching 90 miles along the California coastline between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hurst Castle is the area known as the Big Sur. Lying between the inspiring Santa Lucia Mountains and the mighty Pacific Ocean, the Big Sur Coast is both mysterious and majestic.

Redwood canyons, rugged cliffs, plummeting waterfalls, and eerie morning fog make the Big Sur seem magical. Along the Big Sur, you will find state parks where you can hike, bike, and be awed by the redwood trees. Various locations on the coastline are perfect for those who love to venture into the water for scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, and more. As you explore, you will find little restaurants and cafes to stop and rest before continuing.

While visiting the Big Sur coastline can be a day trip, we suggest heading up for the weekend, at least!


  • Witness the sea stacks at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  • Go scuba diving at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
  • Take an Instagram worthy photo of the Bixby Bridge
  • Attend an event at the Henry Miller Memorial Library


Type: Wilderness Area

Season: Year Round

Climate: Coast

Airport(s): San Jose