Explore the Coast at Big Sur Near Monterey, CATake a scenic one hour drive from our Monterey, CA hotel and you'll arrive at stunningly beautiful Big Sur. This California Central Coast destination runs along Highway 1 from Carmel to San Simeon, home to renowned Hearst Castle, and is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Hiking through redwood forests, beachcombing, whale watching, and touring Point Sur Lighthouse are some of the most popular things to do. Make sure to look for Cone's Peak, which, at 5,155 feet, is the highest coastal mountain in the continental United States.
Prices -A single vehicle day-use fee applies at Point Lobos State Reserve and Andrew Molera, Pfeiffer Big Sur, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Parks.
Hours -State parks in Big Sur are open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
- Esalen Midsummer Festival
- Big Sur International Marathon
- Big Sur Jade Festival
- Lighthouse Tours
- Whale Watching
- Big Sur Discovery Center