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Just south of Carmel along the Coast Highway, Big Sure is home to some of the most thrilling open road views of beaches, rugged cliffs and sheer, green mountains that drop down to creamy, sandy beaches.

The drive runs from winding cliffside turns to long, open roads along green meadows with cows and horses, ending at the heart of the redwoods in Big Sur. It will take just less than an hour on the Coast Highway (24.4 miles) without traffic with only limited access to gas and services.  

Big Sur has camping and great hiking, horseback riding and river fun along the main highway with great stopping points for drinks and local cuisine. The Henry Miller Library offers entertainment and a real library of Henry's favorites, along with other great literature visitors can purchase.

Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur sits on the wild Pacific Ocean with rocky outcrops visitors can walk along. Look for signage near Ventana Inn and Post Ranch, both resorts nearby.

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Bars

Nepenthe

48510 48510 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Based on the vision of founders Lolly and Bill Fassett, the family at Nepenthe Restaurant has maintained a commitment to exceptional caring service in a relaxed atmosphere.

Bars

Post Ranch Inn

47900 47900 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Post Ranch Inn, a luxury coastal resort in Big Sur recognized throughout the world, offers a perfect palette that balances a stunning natural setting with unsurpassed rooms and suites, dining and amenities, where each detail is artfully crafted.

Restaurants

Big Sur River Inn

46840 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

American Restaurants

Big Sur Bakery

47540 47540 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Camping

Riverside Campground & Cabins

47020 47020 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Riverside Campground & Cabins offer 40 sites for tents RV's and 12 Cabins along the Big Sur River on 16 Acres surrounded by majestic Redwoods.

Restaurants

The Restaurant at Ventana

48123 California One, Big Sur, CA 93920

Foods

Big Sur River Inn

46840 46840 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

The Big Sur River Inn is an unforgettable one-stop vacation destination where traditions are born and thrive, year after year.

Foods

Ripplewood Resort

47047 47047 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

Ripplewood Resort is an excellent choice for family lodging and dining in Big Sur.

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