Can I still go to Big Sur? Yes!

Can I still go to Big Sur? Yes!

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There is no doubt about it. Big Sur is an absolutely beautiful place – rugged coastline, redwoods, wildflowers and more. This area has been impacted by back to back disasters including the Soberanes fire that burned for 3 months last year, harsh Winter storms this year and a recent, massive landslide. Some adjustments need to be made, but you can still visit and enjoy much of the area.

Here’s a video of the massive landslide that damaged Highway 1 just south of Big Sur:

Obviously, it isn’t possible to drive up the coast into Big Sur with the landslide covering the Highway. There isn’t an easy side street to take to get around it as there might be in a more populous area. To get to Big Sur, you’ll need to come in from the north.

Can I still go to Big Sur? Yes!

I drove up to the area from Southern California on the 5, cut across Monterey County and and headed south at Carmel by The Sea. The drive along the coast from Carmel to Big Sur is absolutely beautiful. I’ve enjoyed this drive many times, even when there weren’t bridge closures or landslides making this the only option.

Can I still go to Big Sur? Yes!

If you drive straight through, it takes about 45 minutes to get from Carmel by The Sea to Big Sur. However, I’d recommend allowing for extra time. There are plenty of places to pull over, admire the view and take pictures. You may also want to hike down to Garrapata State Park Beach.

Can I still go to Big Sur? Yes!

Once you’re in Big Sur, there are a variety of choices for food and lodging for all types of travelers. You can camp and have simple meals or be pampered and eat gourmet food. I stayed in a luxury cabin nestled among the redwoods at Glen Oaks. and enjoyed fabulous meals at the adjacent Big Sur Roadhouse.

Big Sur is a beautiful area for a day trip or a longer vacation. It’s so easy to relax and leave your worries behind when you are surrounded by such beauty.

Can I still go to Big Sur? Yes!


Big Sur

Can I still go to Big Sur? Yes!

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16 comments for “Can I still go to Big Sur? Yes!

  1. Jeffrey
    June 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Big Sur looks amazing.

  2. brenna
    June 3, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    So beautiful and thanks for sharing. I would love to visit Big Sur someday. For that matter I’d like to drive the eintire coast from BC to Baja. Sigh.

  3. Valerie Mitchell
    June 3, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Brenna – That would be an amazing drive! I’ve done most of it in pieces, but would love to do it as one epic road trip.

  4. June 3, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I heard on NPR about the landslides turning part of that area into “the Island”! Otherwise I guess it’s still like you’re Kerouac up there?

  5. Cynthia C
    June 4, 2017 at 3:25 am

    I was there years ago and would love to revisit. The views are stunning.

  6. Jen D
    June 5, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Beautiful! And one of my bucket list places to visit some day. I love that cabin nestled in the woods that you stayed in.

  7. Mary Mac
    June 6, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I am sure that was a beautiful drive even with the extra drive.

  8. Darren Scrubb
    June 7, 2017 at 9:48 am

    A wonderful looking place for sure.

  9. Deborah Caudill
    June 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I have never been to California, but I feel like I am familiar with it due to your posts and your spectacular photos. You always have gorgeous photographs and the ones around Big Sur look amazing. I live in North Carolina and it’s also a beautiful state. Thanks for sharing the best places to go, to eat and all the things available to do in that area.

  10. Joannie
    June 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Big Sur!! Your photos make me want to go even more!

  11. Sandra Watts
    June 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Gorgeous photos. I have always wished to go there. I love the trees!

  12. Mia
    June 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    What an amazingly beautiful place. I have been to the Monterey area and was entranced but never to Big Sur. On the list for the near future.

  13. June 16, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Oh goodness! This sounds like a great place. It’s shameful, but I have been to just a few places besides where I live.

  14. vickie couturier
    June 19, 2017 at 5:22 am

    oh yes,id love to take a drive there

  15. mrsshukra
    June 25, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I haven’t been to Big Sur, really enjoyed looking at your photos and reading about your trip!

  16. CALVIN F.
    June 27, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I love the nature!

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