Big Sur is one of the most breathtaking places on the Central Coast. While the region has been experiencing a winter that has severely affected the destination, including a closure of Highway One at Big Sur Ranger Station just before Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, visitors are still able to get a slice of Big Sur by exploring and visiting the northern section of Highway One from the Monterey Peninsula. Hotels, restaurants and shops north of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge (including Big Sur Village) are open for business and welcoming guests!

Here are a few tips on how you can grab life by the moments in Big Sur:

Stay

Big Sur Campground and Cabins
This unique property offers both campsites and rustic cabins available for rent. The property also offers a small camp store, basketball hoops, kid’s playground, and soft serve ice cream.

Big Sur Lodge
The Big Sur Lodge is located in Pfeiffer State Park and surrounded by massive redwood trees. Several rooms are equipped with kitchens and connected bedrooms. There is also an onsite swimming pool, restaurant, gift shop, café and general store.

Big Sur River Inn
This iconic lodge offers a variety of rooms, both rustic and recently renovated, next to the Big Sur River. The property also hosts an onsite restaurant, general store, burrito bar, gas station, pool and expansive lawn overlooking the river.

Fernwood Resort
Cozy rooms and tent cabins are available near the Big Sur River. There is also an onsite bar, restaurant, gift shop and general store.

Fernwood Resort

Glen Oaks Big Sur
Enjoy this 20 acre property with hiking trails through a redwood grove and next to the Big Sur River. The luxury boutique hotel offers rooms, cottages and cabins.

Glen Oaks Lodge

Ripplewood Resort
This rustic resort includes various cabins nestled next to the Big Sur River. The hideaway also offers restaurant/café, general store and gas station.

Riverside Campground and Cabins
This riverside retreat offers camp sites and rustic cabins. The property also hosts a small camping store for guests.

Explore

Bixby Bridge
Bixby Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in California due to its aesthetic design, graceful architecture and magnificent setting. It is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world and definitely worth a photo opp!

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

Garrapata State Park and Beach
Garrapata State Park is a beautiful beach with various hiking trails and an endless amount of photo opportunities. Currently only the lands on the west side of Highway One are open to the public.

Point Lobos State Park
This gem is a must see with incredible hiking trails and beach access. You can often glimpse sea otters and seals during hikes along the coastline.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Sur Lighthouse
Enjoy a 3 hour walking tour overlooking the Pacific Ocean with exploration into the Lighthouse and old historic homes and buildings. Tours are available Saturday and Sunday at 10am and Wednesday at 1pm.

Point Sur Lightstation, Big Sur

Eat

Big Sur Lodge Restaurant
Located in Pfeiffer State Park with the river flowing just below the restaurant gives it a beautiful location. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Has a restaurant, espresso bar, gift shop and General Store.

Big Sur River Inn
Always a beehive of activity, the Big Sur River Inn offers an assortment of dining opportunities including a general store, burrito bar and a sit-down restaurant and bar. The restaurant specializes in hearty good food and cocktails. Be sure to try an award-winning Bloody Mary or Mudslide.

Big Sur River Inn

Big Sur Roadhouse
Delicious, locally sourced ingredients with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Open 8am-2:30pm daily for breakfast & lunch. Complimentary homemade donuts and coffee for our in-house guests each morning. Best breakfast sandwich, burger, fries & tacos in Big Sur!

Big Sur Roadhouse

Fernwood Tavern
Located within walking distance or a short drive. Fernwood has a restaurant, local bar, General Store and gift shop. Open for lunch and dinner. Live music most weekends! Ping pong table and heat lamps on the back deck. Great for nachos, cocktails and a selection of delicious ice cream in the store.  

Ripplewood Cafe
This quaint eatery is open daily from 8am-2pm serving breakfast and lunch. Be sure to try their au gratin breakfast potatoes and homemade cinnamon rolls.

Rocky Point Restaurant
With expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, it’s not uncommon to spots whales in the distance while dining at Rocky Point Restaurant. The ocean view restaurant specializes in seafood and is open for lunch and dinner.

Shop

  • Big Sur Lodge Gift Shop
  • Local Color
  • Darn Glad to Be Here Gallery  
  • Studio One Gallery
  • The Big Sur Village shops are open as are many others. We encourage guests to call ahead to ensure a smooth arrival experience.

For guests and visitors planning to travel to Big Sur to experience the iconic coastline, we encourage you to stay alert and be mindful and respectful to CHP, Caltrans and other public service and safety workers who are continuing to restore the destination after the winter weather impacts. Please use turnouts, designated turn around spots, legal parking areas and pull over when appropriate.