The best way to get away from it all is a vacation by the ocean, relax, forget about everything for a while and enjoy nature! There is no better place than Big Sur!
Big Sur is located on Highway 1 which runs along the California Coast. It is between Carmel and San Simeon, with the Pacific on the West side and the Santa Lucia Mountains on the East side.
Before you start up the coast, be sure to stop at The Hearst Castle which was build by William Randolph Hearst.
There are 4 different tours and in the spring and fall only, a special evening tour where you can see the estate at night time! Get information at www.hearstcastle.org.
Numerous hiking trails wind through the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range, through Redwood Canyons and sun-drenched ridges. Less strenuous but equally fun hikes can be made from well marked points of interest along the highway.
Sand Dollar beach is a day use area within the bounds of the Los Padres National Forest, and serviced by the US Forest Service. A $5 day use fee is charged at the entrance. There is no wheelchair access to the beach, and a stairway consisting of 98 steps provides access to the beach. Sand Dollar Beach is the largest beach on the south coast of Big Sur.
Monterey County offers plenty of places to pitch a tent or park a recreational vehicle. Some of these campgrounds and RV parks offer shower facilities, hook-ups and barbecues. Others are primitive, with nothing more than a few signs here and there. Perhaps the best part about camping and RVing in Monterey County are the backdrops: ocean and redwood views.
Get more information on Camping and RVs are at http://www.seemonterey.com/hotels/campgrounds-rv/
There is a gorgeous waterfall along the way, the 80 foot Mcway Waterfall. The McWay Waterfall Trail is is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get detailed info at http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikes_mcwayfalls.html
The Post Ranch Inn has been voted California’s best hotel, numerous times. They offer package deals for Weddings and Honeymoons and breathtaking views!
Another unique place to stay is the Treebones Resort. Here you can spend the night in a Jurt!
A traditional yurt is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.
Of course, the ones at theTreebones Resort are a little bit more luxurious!
The Nepenthe is a favourite restaurant close to the Post Ranch Inn.
It is famous for it’s Three Berry Pie.
Lucia Lodge is half way between San Simeon and Carmel and was constructed in the 1930’s by the Harlan family. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views!