Big Sur is one of those places that is hard to put into words. It is raw, magical, wildland sitting right over the edge of the Pacific ocean on the central coast of California. It is extreme in its beauty and its landscapes. Crystal clear rivers weave under towering ancient redwoods. Ragged cliffs drop down to pristine secluded coves. Mysterious, steep drives wind up and around mountains leading to little enclaves with cabins. Our favorite way to experience this dramatic nature show is camping. Sleeping under the redwoods is a spiritual experience. Here are some of our favorite places to camp, beach and hike in Big Sur.
Riverside Campground and Cabins
- Small (about a dozen sites) right on the river. Tent & RV sites and a couple of cabin options.
- Good river access for floating down the river. Right next door to Big Sur Campground and Cabins.
- Lots of options for either tents, cabins, RVs or rustic shed-like accommodations. There is great river access, a playground, swimming hole and ice cream stand.
- Bigger campground with access to trails - especially our favorite the Big Sur River Gorge trail
- This one is one of the furthest south - an easier drive for those coming from Los Angeles or other parts of southern California. Right across from sand dollar beach.
The beaches are not ideal for swimming but they sure are gorgeous. If you are an experienced surfer you can get good waves at Sand Dollar Beach.
- Garapata State Beach
- Pfieffer Beach
- Sand Dollar Beach
- Salmon Creek Waterfall Trail
- River Gorge Trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
- Partington Cove Trail