Big Sur: an itinerary

As a Bay area resident I have made multiple trips to Big Sur. In fact I would like to think I have an itinerary. So h

*Note: Things I researched but didn’t end up doing are denoted with a `` (asterisk)**


  • Usually suggest making a day trip here. Or staying in Monterey nearby.
  • EXPENSIVE OPTION: Alila Ventana Big Sur*


  • Bixby Bridge
  • Multiple beaches (Andrew Molera Beach)
  • Hikes (AllTrails)
  • Different viewpoints on the the Pacific Coast Highway
  • Stops enroute:
    • Carmel Beach
    • Carmel-by-the-Sea
    • Monterey Aquarium
    • Santa Cruz boardwalk


  • Breakfast/Lunch only
    • Cafe Kevah – walk in only
  • All meals
    • Nepenthe – at the same location as Cafe Kevah*
    • The Sur House
    • Big Sur Bakery
    • Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant* – make sure to eat your meal by the river if possible!
  • Drinks
    • Folktale Winery & Vineyards*
  • Nearby
    • Pescadero
    • Stationaery
    • La Bicyclette Restaurant


  • Since there is a lot of potential for short hikes and swims, pack the following:
    • Some sandals to spend time on the beach
    • A change of clothes and towels
    • Sunscreen/a hat
    • Snacks
    • Plenty of water

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