Big Sur, California

  • Catch a sunset at Keyhole Arch Rock at Pfeiffer Beach, widely regarded as one of the most photogenic spots for a Big Sur sunset.
  • Opt for a scenic drive along Old Coast Road—a former stagecoach wagon route—for incredible views of Bixby Bridge and the winding coastline.
  • The one-mile hike along Partington Cove Trail leads to a secluded rocky beach, where you might catch a glimpse of sea otters playing in the surf.
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Dramatic California Coastline

Big Sur—the 90-mile-long stretch of rugged, central California coastline between Carmel and San Simeon—attracts visitors from all over the world. They come not just for the towering redwoods, coastal bluffs, and wind-swept beaches, but also for the quaint seaside towns that brim with world-class amenities: art galleries, spas, wineries, and farm-to-table restaurants. Soak up the abundant natural beauty while hiking the Santa Lucia Mountains, biking in one of the region’s state parks, or strolling uncrowded beaches. Experience a bit of the Big Sur magic that has enticed writers and filmmakers (like Jack Kerouac and Clint Eastwood) for nearly a century.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Monterey Regional Airport (MRY)
  • Climate
    Mild Year-Round
  • Northern End
    150 miles south of San Francisco
  • Southern End
    291 miles northwest of Los Angeles
  • Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

Fresh Things To Do

Featured Activity

  • Explore Big Sur's State Parks

    Big Sur is known for its abundant natural beauty, and nowhere is it more on display than in the region’s many state parks (and even one national park).

    Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park: The Big Sur River courses through this massive park, which is home to the towering redwood trees that California is so famous for, as well as the 3,379-foot-tall Manuel Peak.

    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: This park’s crown jewel is McWay Falls. A short, family-friendly path offers views of the falls, as well as migrating whales in the distance.

    Andrew Molera State Park: Enjoy the seclusion of this relatively underdeveloped park, which offers miles of hiking opportunities along coastal bluffs—some of which lead down to the beach.

    Pinnacles National Park: Explore an otherworldly landscape created by ancient lava flows at this national park, which teems with unique rock formations and California condors.

    Limekiln State Park: Home to some of the state’s oldest redwood groves, this park also boasts a namesake waterfall that’s more than 100 feet tall.

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Travel Tips


  • Forecasting Your Big Sur Vacation

    Thick waves of fog roll off the ocean and onto Big Sur's rocky coastline in the summer, blanketing the jagged landscape in cool, moist air that helps vegetation stay lush and green. Temperatures stay relatively steady throughout the year, with the only remarkable dip happening from November to May. Be sure to bring an umbrella during the rainiest months, usually December to February.


Map of Big Sur, California

Google Maps satellite images are not always up-to-date, especially in non-U.S. destinations. Some Inspirato accommodations are located in developments built after images were last updated. Our pin placements represent our best location estimates, but actual locations may vary.

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