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Big-Sur is known as the most spectacular meeting of land and sea in the world. The Big Sur region is about 90 miles in length along California's famed Highway 1, between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Visitors are awestruck by the magnificent mountains and rocky cliffs of Big Sur that plunge into the crashing surf below. You can do nothing in Big Sur but indulge your senses in the breathtaking scenery, and this alone will be an adventure. But, for those looking for a little more activity, there are several state parks along Big Sur that offer camping, hiking, biking, fishing, beachcombing, wildlife viewing, and more. You will find parks with miles of trails that run through meadows, beaches and hilltops. One park features an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean and another offers 80 campsites located in a secluded redwood canyon. Although Big Sur is popular for camping, there are other accommodations, ranging from comfortable to the luxurious. Restaurants are just as varied from small pubs to world class restaurants. Other points of interest include the Point Sur Lighthouse State Park, the Bixby Creek Bridge, and the fifty year old Nepenthe Restaurant and Phoenix Gift Shop. The annual Big Sur Jazz Fest is held the first weekend in May throughout the parks, restaurants, pubs and other businesses along Big Sur. The Big Sur region of central California is a rugged area of unsurpassed natural beauty that leaves visitors feeling uplifted and rejuvenated.

Surrounding areas: Carmel Valley, California (16.1 mi), Carmel Highlands, California (21.9 mi), Carmel, California (23.4 mi), Carmel-By-The-Sea, California (24.7 mi), Pebble Beach, California (26.0 mi), Monterey, California (26.7 mi), Pacific Grove, California (28.3 mi)

Big Sur Vacation Rentals

Big Sur Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ventana Inn1Big Sur, CA (831) 667-2331
Stonepine Resort & Equestrian150 E Carmel Vly RdCarmel Valley, CA16.3 mi.(831) 659-2245
Carmel Vly Ranch Resort A Wyndham ResortOne Old RNCH RdCarmel, CA21.6 mi.(800) 996-3426
Lamplighter Motel250 S Alta StGonzales, CA22.9 mi.(831) 675-3691
Best Western Valley Harvest Inn1155 Front StSoledad, CA24.3 mi.(831) 678-3833
Candle Light InnSan Carlos Between 4th & 5th AveCarmel By The Sea, CA24.6 mi.(831) 624-6451
Dolphin InnNE Cor Of 4th & San CarlosCarmel By The Sea, CA24.6 mi.(831) 624-5356
Svendsgaard's InnNW Cor Of 4th & San CarlosCarmel By The Sea, CA24.6 mi.(831) 624-1511
Wayside Inn7th & Mission StsCarmel By The Sea, CA24.6 mi.(831) 624-5336
Carmel Sands LodgeCarmel, CA24.6 mi.(831) 624-1255
Comfort Inn Carmel By The SeaOcean Ave & Torres StCarmel, CA24.6 mi.(831) 622-7090
Comfort Inn Monterey Airport1200 Olmsted RdMonterey, CA24.8 mi.(831) 372-2945
Bay Park Hotel1425 Munras AveMonterey, CA25.8 mi.(831) 649-1020
Best Western Deanza Inn2141 N Fremont StMonterey, CA25.8 mi.(800) 858-8775
Motel 62124 N Fremont StMonterey, CA25.8 mi.(831) 646-8585
Quality Inn2075 Fremont StMonterey, CA25.8 mi.(831) 373-5551
Rodeway Inn Monterey2041 Fremont StMonterey, CA25.8 mi.(831) 373-2911
Comfort Inn Monterey Bay2050 N Fremont StMonterey, CA25.9 mi.(831) 373-3081
Econo Lodge2042 Fremont StMonterey, CA25.9 mi.(831) 372-5851
Monterey Carmel Travelodge At Fairgrounds2030 N Fremont StMonterey, CA25.9 mi.(831) 373-3381
Ramada Limited2058 N Fremont StMonterey, CA25.9 mi.(831) 375-9511
The Mariposa Inn1386 Munras AveMonterey, CA25.9 mi.(831) 649-1414
Americas Best Value Stage Coach Lodge1111 10th StMonterey, CA26.0 mi.(831) 373-3632
Super 81300 Munras AveMonterey, CA26.0 mi.(831) 373-3203
The Inn At Spanish Bay2700 17-mile DrPebble Beach, CA26.0 mi.(408) 647-7500
The Lodge At Pebble BeachSeventeen Mile DrPebble Beach, CA26.0 mi.(408) 624-3811
Best Value Surf Inn1200 Munras AveMonterey, CA26.1 mi.(800) 521-5821
Comfort Inn1252 Munras AveMonterey, CA26.1 mi.(831) 372-8088
Howard Johnson Express Inn1240 Munras AveMonterey, CA26.1 mi.(831) 375-6002
Ramada Limited - Carmel Hill1182 Cass StMonterey, CA26.1 mi.(831) 375-2679
Quality Inn1058 Munras AveMonterey, CA26.2 mi.(831) 372-3381
Casa Munras Garden Hotel700 Munras AveMonterey, CA26.4 mi.(831) 375-2411
La Quinta Inn2401 Del Monte AveMonterey, CA26.4 mi.(831) 373-7100
Monterey Downtown Travelodge675 Munras AveMonterey, CA26.4 mi.(831) 373-1876
Sand Dollar Inn755 Abrego StMonterey, CA26.4 mi.(831) 372-7551
Holiday Inn Express1400 Del Monte BlvdSeaside, CA26.4 mi.(831) 394-5335
Embassy Suites Hotel1441 Cyn Del Rey BlvdSeaside, CA26.6 mi.(831) 393-1115
Hilton Monterey1000 Aquajito RdMonterey, CA26.7 mi.(831) 373-6141
Hyatt Regency MontereyOne Golf Course RdMonterey, CA26.7 mi.(831) 372-1234
Monterey Bay Inn242 Cannery RowMonterey, CA26.7 mi.(831) 658-3333
Bed & Breakfast
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA24.7 mi.(831) 625-2585

Big Sur Weather & Climate

Big Sur is an area of beautiful, rugged coastline located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This region of the state generally enjoys mild weather year round with very little variation in temperature. Rain can fall November through March, although January is usually considered the beginning of the rainy season along the coast. During summer, Big Sur's beaches are subject to cool weather. Sunny days are sporadic as a blanket of seasonal fog often hugs the coastline, dropping temperatures in the process. Many days, however, the fog lifts by midday and sunshine prevails. Rain is virtually non-existent in the summertime in the Big Sur area, and brisk ocean winds are usually present all year. Fall is generally the sunniest season along the central coast.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 59°F 43°F 9.13 in. 55°F
February 61°F 44°F 8.24 in. 56°F
March 61°F 45°F 7.30 in. 56°F
April 64°F 46°F 2.79 in. 57°F
May 64°F 48°F 0.86 in. 59°F
June 66°F 50°F 0.20 in. 60°F
July 68°F 52°F 0.09 in. 62°F
August 69°F 53°F 0.14 in. 63°F
September 71°F 53°F 0.54 in. 63°F
October 69°F 50°F 1.94 in. 61°F
November 64°F 46°F 5.37 in. 59°F
December 59°F 43°F 6.60 in. 57°F

Big Sur Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located about 24 miles northwest of Big Sur in Monterey, California, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located approximately 29 miles north of Big Sur in Salinas, California, the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located roughly 47 miles northeast of Big Sur in Hollister, California, and finally the Paso Robles Municipal airport (PRB) located around 71 miles southeast of Big Sur in Paso Robles, California.

Big Sur Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA53.0 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA53.5 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA77.9 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA76.3 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA109.6 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA112.7 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA118.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA23.4 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA26.5 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA26.7 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA26.7 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA28.3 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA29.4 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA29.6 mi.
State Parks
Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkCA4.4 mi. 
Andrew Molera State ParkCA7.6 mi. 
John Little State ParkCA10.4 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA18.8 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA31.2 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA37.2 mi. 
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA26.6 mi.(History)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA26.7 mi.(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA28.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Hearst San Simeon State Historical MonumentSan SimeonCA50.5 mi.(Art)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA52.3 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA53.5 mi.(Science)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA58.2 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA26.7 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA76.3 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA77.9 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA112.2 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA112.7 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA112.8 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA112.8 mi.

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