Jagged cliffs pummeled by surf line the Pacific Coast Highway along Big Sur, creating some of California’s most memorable ocean vistas between Carmel and the northern tip of San Luis Obispo County.
The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el sur grande”, meaning “the big south”, or from “el país grande del sur”, “the big country of the south”. This name refers to its location south of the city of Monterey. The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination. Big Sur’s Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous 48 states, ascending nearly a mile above sea level
Our day trip to Big Sur was filled with awesome food, unplanned adventure and spectacular views.
The 1st stop was the Rocky Point Restaurant
Rocky Point Restaurant is located 10 miles south of Carmel, a mere fifteen-minute scenic drive, between Carmel and Big Sur.
Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as you sit perched cliff-side; either inside through panoramic windows next to a cozy fireplace or outside on the open deck. Catch a glimpse of playful sea-otters, dolphins, seals, and many whales as they migrate up the coast.
The food was heaven for seafood lovers and i was totally blown away with presentation.
After food you can climb the rocks and have some great pics. That’s the best way to digest the awesome meal which you had at the restaurant
The next stop was Bixby Bridge.
Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932, residents of the Big Sur area were virtually cut off during winter due to the often impassable Old Coast Road that led 11 miles.
It is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world and one of the most photographed bridges along the Pacific Coast due to its aesthetic design and location. Bixby Creek takes its name from Charles Henry Bixby, from Livingston County, New York, who arrived on the Monterey Peninsula in 1868. He purchased large tracts of land in the Big Sur area and harvested the lumber, producing shakes, shingles, railroad ties, trench posts and tan bark. He processed these through a sawmill built along the creek and shipped them from a landing he built on the coast
You can’t leave Big Sur without visiting the McWay Falls
McWay Falls is an 80-foot waterfall located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park that flows year-round. This waterfall is one of only two in the region that are close enough to the ocean to be referred to as “tidefalls”, the other being Alamere Falls. The source of the waterfall is McWay Creek and is one of the few waterfalls that empty directly into the ocean. Originally the waterfall cascaded directly into the ocean but after a 1983 fire and 1985 landslides, the topography of McWay Cove was altered, forming an inaccessible beach. The waterfall now meets the ocean when the tide is in.
Although it can be viewed via a trail from above, the beach and scenic cove below are difficult to access by land, however, they can be easily reached by boat. Even with this possibility, it is not recommended that people visit the beach as a safety precaution due to crumbling cliffs and to preserve the environment.
Lastly we visited the Pfeiffer Beach which is Public beach located within Big Sur that boasts coastal views & interesting rock formations.
With purple sand beaches, natural arches, and a remoteness that cuts down on the crows, this is definitely a place you have to visit
Big Sur is a must visit..so what are you waiting for 🙂 Here are some more pics from our trip