6 Easy Ways to Make Your Big Sur Trip Amazing

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The Big Sur is much more than a location you will find on a map. This awe-inspiring stretch of coastal road in California, USA is about beauty, journeys and soul-searching. It has been an iconic getaway for artist and dreamers alike throughout the years.

Whether your visit is for sightseeing or finding yourself here are our top tips to help make your road trip one you will never forget.

1- Pack for all weather.

Just like most coastal areas the weather can vary here quite considerably. Although it rarely rains in summer there is often a cool fog that can come during the nights and early mornings which doesn’t lift until near midday. Winter brings storms and rain. All these weather conditions make for a great atmosphere and as they like to say in places where it rains a lot…

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate clothing”

Make sure that you pack plenty of layers instead of bulky items and a light rain coat just in case.

2- Plan your meals.

Food can be expensive and far between. If you want somewhere with a gorgeous view and are not concerned about costs, head to Nepenthe. Just make sure that if you are planning to eat during popular times that you book ahead. You can also eat more modesty at somewhere like Gorda.

We packed plenty of snacks before we started our road trip and then splashed out on lunch. This was a once in a lifetime visit for us so we wanted to make the most of it.

3- Fill up before you hit the road.

Petrol is very expensive. Be smart and make sure your tank is full before you start your journey.

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4. Plan your accommodation.

Accommodation can be limited in this area and costly. It is possible to spend a whole day exploring the Big Sur and stay at one of the nearby towns at the end of your trip for a cheaper option. Places like Carmel, Monterey and Pismo Beach have plenty of accommodation options for all budgets.


Seafood at Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, California
A fantastic spot to find a variety of fresh seafood. Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, California


If you really want to stay on the Big Sur why not check out Airbnb or camping options. As this is such a popular tourist spot it is strongly recommended that you book in advance.

5- Know Your Destinations.

GPS and phone service can be poor to non existent. Don’t think you will be able to rely on google maps to get you to that amazing beach you’ve heard of.  Make a rough itinerary of your destinations so you don’t miss them, always leaving room to get a little lost of course. You never know what you might discover!


Keyhole Arch, Pfeiffer Beach, California, USA
Keyhole Arch at Pfeiffer Beach is one of the highlights along the Big Sur.


6- Lastly. TAKE YOUR TIME.

This place is awesome. Stop and breathe it in!!!!


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