Big Sur Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Big Sur; our list of the best things to see, including Big Sur River Inn, Ragged Point Inn and Big Sur Garden Gallery.
  • The best place in Big Sur: Big Sur River Inn

    Big Sur River Inn

    831-667-2700 or 800-548-3610
    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Deck overlooking Big Sur River. Live entertainment on Sundays.
  • Ragged Point Inn

    Ragged Point Inn

    located 15 miles north of Hearst Castle
    Seventeen cliff-side acres overlook the rugged Pacific, across from Sur Sur Ranch in south Big Sur. Most of our 39 rooms feature magnificent ocean views, fireplaces, decks or balconies. Cliff House has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, gourmet kitchen, private dining room, sitting room, lawn, great views. Restaurant. Wedding and conference facilities. Sandwich stand. Espresso and wine bar. Gift Shop. Minimart. Gas station. Sunday concerts throughout the summer. WiFi. Dog-friendly.
  • Big Sur Garden Gallery

    located at Loma Vista
    Local and exotic gifts and jewelry.
  • Point Lobos State Reserve

    24 miles north of Big Sur Village
    Well managed and developed recreation area offering many hikes, beaches, coves and points. Also offers SCUBA by permit only. Often referred to as the crown jewel of the State Park System. $10 per car.
    food nearby
  • Chappellet Studios

    Rancho Rico
    Gallery by appointment only.
  • Big Sur Spirit Garden

    located at Loma Vista
    Botanical garden featuring exotic succulents and plants. Also provides cultural, musical, artistic, and educational programs and classes.
  • Sand Dollar Beach

    35 miles south of Big Sur Village
    Largest expanse of sand in Big Sur and also well protected from wind.
    food nearby
  • Hunt for jade

    beaches south of Big Sur Village
    Jade is a common semi-precious stone found on the beaches in the Big Sur region.
    eat nearby
  • Andrew Molera State Park

    less than 1 mile north of Big Sur Village
    Miles of trails, beaches, and meadows. Also has 24 primitive camp sites (first come, first serve).
    restaurants nearby
  • Bixby Bridge

    11 miles north of Big Sur Village
    Iconic bridge built in 1933. One of the most photographed in the world because of its location within such beautiful scenery.
    food nearby
  • Del Campo Gallery

    fine art by Big Sur artists
    A hidden treasure worth finding. Formerly ARS Gallery, located on Hwy 1 at Loma Vista in the Courtyard of the Spirit Garden.[10]. Daily except Tu 11:00-6:00. Also by appointment: 831-667-2618
  • Ventana Wilderness

    Big Sur Ranger Station
    The wilderness covers 167,323 square acres. Within the wilderness area alone there are 237 miles of trails and 55 designated camping areas.
    restaurants nearby
  • Local Color

    located in Big Sur Village Shops
    Local artists and craftsmen featuring Big Sur jade, redwood bowls, and tie-dyed cloths.
  • McWay Falls

    12 miles south of Big Sur Village
    One of the most spectacular places anywhere in Big Sur. The falls drop 80 feet onto the beach or tide. There is a hike out to a view point but it can also be seen from the road just before Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
    eat nearby
  • Big Sur Arts Center

    located at Loma Vista
    Home to Big Sur Arts Initiative non-profit organization. Features a Hidden Garden Tour.
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

    2 miles south of Big Sur Village
    There are hiking trails through redwood groves. It is a 1.4 mile round trip to 60-foot Pfeiffer Falls that runs from Dec to May.
    food nearby
  • Point Sur Lighthouse

    5 miles north of Big Sur Village
    Point Sur is a dominant feature along Highway 1. It is a National Historic Landmark and is one of the only complete turn-of-the-century light stations open to the public in California. Allegedly one of the most haunted places in America. Spectacular views can be had from atop Point Sur. Tours (3 hours) are offered - meet west side of highway at farm gate a quarter mile north of Pt Sur Naval Facility. Winter times Sa, Su 10AM, W 1PM. $10 adult, $5 children.
    eat nearby
  • Heartbeat Gift Gallery

    next to Big Sur River Inn
    Shopping featuring jewelry, clothing, and collectibles.
  • Cafe Kevah

    Cafe Kevah

    Open March - December, 9 am - 4 pm. Brunch and light lunch.
  • Fernwood Resort

    just north of Big Sur Village
    Cabins, tents, RV's, all allowed but with limited availability. Also has a bar and grill as well as other resort amenities.
  • Lucia Lodge

    866) 424-4787 or
    Open for lunch and dinner from 11 am - 9 pm. Excellent Fish & Chips (judged as one of the Top 10 in the US by Coastal Living Magazine).
  • Cielo

    located at Ventana Inn
    Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Offering 50-mile vistas of the Pacific from the outdoor terrace.
  • The Maiden Publick House

    next to Big Sur River Inn in the Village Center Shops
    Classic affordable pub with food and drinks.
  • Big Sur Village General Store & Burrito Bar

    Big Sur Village General Store & Burrito Bar

    46842 Hwy 1
    Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. The name "Big Sur" is derived from the original Spanish-language "el sur grande", meaning "the big south", or from "el país grande del sur", "the big country of the south", referring to its location south of the Monterey Peninsula. The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination. Big Sur's Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous 48 states, ascending nearly a mile above sea level, only three miles from the ocean.
  • Fernwood General Store

    Fernwood Resort47200 Hwy 1
  • Ripplewood Cafe

    Ripplewood Cafe

    47047 Hwy 1
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Big Sur uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.