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Big Sur is one of the most breathtaking destinations on the central coast. It's a magical place, etched with a stunning coastline and towering redwoods. It's where the river meets the sea. While a portion of Highway 1 was damaged in southern unincorporated Monterey County at Mile Marker 30, south of Esalen Institute, the majority of Highway 1 and Big Sur businesses remain open and accessible. So you can still take your trip to Big Sur and Monterey County to explore the iconic attractions and businesses along The Original Road Trip - just via a new route - which means new things to see and do along the way! 

Travelers to the area can still engage in the natural wonder, wildlife and beautiful vistas. Big Sur remains open and accessible including hotels, restaurants and shops north of Esalen Institute (including Big Sur Village) and south of Big Creek Vista Point (just north of Lucia).


Take Route 101 To Monterey County

America's top road trip calls for a detour at the moment - but that only means more to explore on your journey to Monterey County. Depending on where you are coming from there are a plethora of of places to explore just off the U.S. 101. This road trip will take you through Monterey Wine Country, where you can stop off (and maybe stay a night or two) to sip and savor the award-winning wines of our region.

*Turnaround points are in place at the end of each closure. Check Caltrans website for updates on access points heading Northbound on HWY 1.


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Accessible Big Sur Businesses & Attractions



  • Garrapata State Park - With two miles of beach front, coastal hiking trails and a 50-foot climb to beautiful views of the Pacific ocean, Garrapata State Park offer diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves and also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point.

  • Andrew Molera State Park - This is the largest state park along the Big Sur coast. With open meadows, high ridges, stunning groves of sycamore and towering redwood trees, the Big Sur river, hiking trails and more. Don't miss Andrew Molera State Park Beach.

The view from Andrew Molera State park, one of the many beautiful beach stops that can be made along

  • Big Sur River Inn - Located in the heart of Big Sur, Big Sur River Inn is nestled among towering redwoods and sits on the scenic Big Sur River. This historic inn was Big Sur's first hotel and restaurant.

Coms_Big Sur River Inn

  • Ripplewood Resort - An excellent choice for rustic lodging, this conveniently located resort is just moments away from many of Big Sur's most popular points of interest and trails.

  • Glen Oaks Big Sur - Located under the redwoods next to the Big Sur River, Glen Oaks Big Sur was named one of the top 25 romantic hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure who quoted the inn as "...made for sybaritic nature lovers," noting its beautiful setting, "sustainable touches" and its proximity to "hidden Pfeiffer Beach." 

  • Big Sur Roadhouse - The Big Sur Roadhouse features  delicious California cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. In keeping with our Big Sur ethos, the seasonal menu is filled with locally sourced ingredients.

  • Fernwood Campground & Resort - An all purpose resort, featuring a Motel, forest and meadow view cabins and a 60-unit Campground located in a redwood forest along the Big Sur River.

  • Pfeiffer Big Sur Park - On the western slope of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the peaks of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park tower high above the Big Sur River Gorge, where the Big Sur River enters this popular park. Walk along the banks of the river and among the redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows. 

Pfeiffer Beach Arch

  • Big Sur Lodge - Located in the heart of Pfeiffer State Park, Big Sur Lodge offers single, double, and family size rooms with fireplaces and kitchenettes and a myriad of wonderful outdoor activities, including hiking and swimming. Take a hike through Pfeiffer State Park and be sure to check out the trails that lead to the Gorge, where you can swim in the pools of the Big Sur River along the way.

  • Big Sur Taphouse & Deli - Known for their amazing brews and sandwiches as well as their outdoor patio with expansive views of the Santa Lucia mountains, this is one stop that will keep you coming back for more.


  • Big Sur Bakery - Located in an intimate 1930's ranch style house, Big Sur Bakery provides gourmet goodies and striking views of the Santa Lucia mountains. Be sure to try their wood-fired pizzas and flaky croissants.

  • Ventana Big Sur - Nestled high up above the Pacific coastline, Ventana Big Sur is a luxurious resort offering the ultimate in accommodations for those seeking a romantic getaway, luxurious escape or a relaxing vacation. Spacious suites and guestrooms are elegantly rustic with thoughtful appointments.

Ventana Big Sur Glamping

  • Post Ranch Inn - Post Ranch Inn is a serene retreat where romance and connection thrive. Post Ranch is a destination in which to relax and reconnect with yourself, your partner and the environment.

The sun dazzles on the horizon over Post Ranch Inn.

  • Nepenthe Restaurant - Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur overlooks the Pacific ocean with majestic views of the Santa Lucia Mountains in the background. Try their Ambrosiaburger, served on a French roll with a custom "Ambrosia Sauce." 

  • Big Sur Campground & Cabins - Located among majestic Coastal Redwood trees along the pristine Big Sur River, Big Sur Campground & Cabins offers tent and RV camping as well as rustic camping cabins with fully equipped cabins with kitchens and fireplaces.

  • Deetjen's Big Sur Inn - Before Highway 1 was completed in 1937, Castro Canyon was a traditional stopover for travelers along the coastal wagon road. When Helmuth and Helen Deetjen began welcoming guests in the 1930's, Deetjen's Inn was born. Today the Big Sur Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, offering visitors simple luxuries and romantic dining in their award-winning restaurant.

  • COAST Big Sur - COAST is a truly unique destination nestled amongst the Big Sur coastline. Stop in at the gallery to peruse fine art and find one-of-a-kind gifts, then sit on their rooftop terrace for a meal with endless views of the Pacific Ocean. The menu at COAST features ingredients that are mostly organic, local and ethically sourced.

Front entrance to COAST Big Sur.

  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - Named after legendary Big Sur pioneer Julia Pfeiffer Burns, this park is a favorite amongst hikers. With an 80-foot waterfall, scuba diving, redwood groves and on-land spots perfectly placed for whale watching, this is a must-see place to explore responsibly.

  • Esalen Institute (reopening March 1) - Esalen Institute is a twenty-seven acre retreat that includes expansive ocean views, pristine nature, a rocky beach and renowned geothermal hot springs. It is more than a retreat center or an educational institute, Esalen is a world-wide network of seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities.

Accessible Big Sur Businesses & Attractions

From The South Via HWY 1


  • Lucia - Best known for its starring role in HBO's hit series, Ratchet, the town of Lucia is a real town in Monterey County, named after the Santa Lucia Mountains that surround it. Though the show takes place in the 1940s, Lucia hasn't changed much today—you'll find the cliffside Lucia Lodge, Lucia Lodge Restaurant, a charming gas station and endless views of the Pacific.

  • Gorda Coast -  A small town with big personality, Gorda is located just off of Highway 1. It is known for its fresh springs, filling station, restaurants and motels.

  • Treebones Resort - Treebones Resort offers glamping at its best. Sleep under the stars in a yurt, wake up to spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and enjoy award-winning cuisine from their onsite restaurant, Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi Bar.



  • Sand Dollar Beach - The biggest unbroken stretch of beach in Big Sur, Sand Dollar Beach is known for its jade, fabulous hikes and breathtaking bluffs.

  • Plaskett Creek Campground - Plaskett Creek Campground is just minutes from Sand Dollar Beach. Plaskett Creek Campground offers family campsites in a country park-like setting under a scattered canopy of large Monterey Pines and Monterey Cypress.

  • Jade Cove - Named after the smooth jade stone that is frequently found on its rocky beaches after storms, Jade Cove is just south of Sand Dollar Beach on the southern Big Sur Coast. Jade Cove is a popular spot for hiking and scuba diving - to this day, people continue to find jade washed up on the beach or scattered along the ocean floor.

Big Sur Coast

Please, Travel Responsibly

- Wear a Mask & Follow CDC guidelines

- Stay at least 6 feet apart

- Stay home if you show signs of illness

- Leave no trace behind

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