Big Sur is magical. It’s magic stems from the crashing waves, the jutting cliffs, the mysterious fog, and the towering redwood trees. It is a truly an beautiful place that everyone must visit once in their lifetime.
Here are some of my favorite places when visiting Big Sur:
1) Short Hikes
Hikes that are less than a mile with nothing short of spectacular views. These are a must when visiting Big Sur!
Check out more hiking trails here. For a longer hike, the Ewolksen trail is on our list!
2) Bixby Bridge
An imposing bridge on the Highway 1. The best pictures can be taken when traveling south on Highway 1 and making a left at the turn out near Bixby Bridge. You’ll get a great shot of the bridge and the ocean in the background.
Massages and/or hot springs at the Esalen Institute are incredibly popular. If you don’t want to pay the steep prices, Esalen has public night bathing between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. for only about $30 per person. Unfortunately, P and I haven’t gotten lucky with a reservation for the public night hot springs (there’s only so many spots available and sometimes for weather reasons, it isn’t open), but we sure will keep trying…
4) Pfeiffer Beach
After many visits to Big Sur, we finally found our way to this beach and of course, it was closed. Tons of friends have recommended this beach, so it’s still on our list. Next time!
And some of my favorite food spots in Big Sur:
1) Coastal Café
P and I came upon this cafe on the way to McWay Falls. At first, you think it’s just an art gallery, but when you navigate your way through the art work and up the stairs, you discover this wonderful little food place that reminds you a little bit of a Hobbit house. The food here is simple but top notch, and there’s a nice patio overlooking Highway 1 and the ocean on a clear day.
2) Big Sur Bakery
This is a great little place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The place is cozy and woodsy (very Big Sur) and the food is delicious.
A great spot on a cloudless sunny day with a perfect view of the ocean. The bright colors and the people watching also make this spot fun. The food, however, leaves little to be desired. I would just come for the atmosphere, the views, and the drinks.
4) Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn
If you really want to splurge in Big Sur, this is the place to go. Splendid views and amazing menu. This place is on our list for our next visit!
Toodaloo and happy exploring!