Big Sur California

Big Sur California - A great reputation surrounds this place and it is very well deserved. There really is no other place like Big Sur. Whether you just are passing through or staying several days, there are amazing treasures to be discovered here.



The Big Sur coastline just north of Point Sur - steep drops straight down to the ocean - a beautiful setting for a home
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Note the house at the left center of the photo - how's that for a view?!

There are places that we become familiar with through pictures and video. Some of these places are breath-taking even through these media. It sparks a desire to go there and experience it first-hand. Yet when we finally arrive there and see and hear and feel that place - we know that none of the photos or videos did any justice at all to the truth of being there.

The overwhelming beauty, on first viewing, seems to have a physical effect on us, like being struck in the chest. It then injects its power into our soul and we are forever changed by it.

Big Sur is definitely one of those special places in the world.

Big Sur map
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The red line denotes Highway 1 and the generally accepted boundaries of the Big Sur coastline

If you did nothing more than drive the 90 miles from one end of the Big Sur coast to the other, it would be enough.

However, there are many opportunities for adventure and activities here that can satisfy nearly everyone.



WARNING! Please read this...

Big Sur California is indeed a special place, but unfortunately, criminals are there as well. Unattended vehicles have been a particular target where the thieves will break a window and take whatever valuables are there. Takes 30 seconds at the most.

I spoke with Deputy Donna Galletti of the Monterey County Sheriff's Department about this and she has these tips:

The Bixby Creek BridgeThe Bixby Creek Bridge
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Map of Big Sur California Sights and Services


View Big Sur, California in a larger map

An interactive Google map with locations of restaurants, lodging, camping and other amenities along the Big Sur coast. You can zoom in or out using the "+" and "-" keys and clicking on icons on the map will provide information about that service.


Where to stay, eat, hike, camp, relax, picnic, watch wildlife, and altogether relax in Big Sur

Along the coast of Big Sur, California is in a sense distilled with the best of its essence available in a very powerful form. Below are listed links to pages with information so you can enjoy and get the most from your visit to the Big Sur California coast:

Big Sur California by category:

Big Sur Accommodations:

           The Ragged Point Inn

  • Big Sur Resorts

Big Sur Restaurants:

  • Elegant Dining in Big Sur
  • Mid-range Dining

           see Ragged Point Inn for both categories

Big Sur Points of Interest:

Big Sur Beaches:

Big Sur Hiking:

Big Sur Lighthouses:

Marine Mammal Watching:



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View of Bixby Creek Bridge from Hurricane Point
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