Welcome back to our California Dreaming adventure! If you’d joined us for the first time, we’d started our journey at the LAX airport. We’d enjoyed every minute of the vitamin sea of the Orange County (OC), tasty time travel to Cold Spring Tavern (Santa Barbara), Central Coast wine tasting, the unforgettable fog-trimmed sunsets of Moonstone Beach, yummylicious seafood of Morro Bay) and adorable northern elephant seals of Piedras Blancas.
This time, I’m sharing our favourite Big Sur vantage points. I can hear the gentle whispers of Big Sur, a 90-mile world reknowned breathtaking stretch of dramatic coastlines between the Hearst Castle and Carmel-by-the-Sea, calling me to return to its embrace every time we are apart. Surely Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac can’t be deluded too, as we all sang of how the amazing Big Sur had become the fabric of our lives. Navigating the hairpin turns of Highway 1 felt like an exploration into the untouched wilderness, mesmerising blue sea tucked behind giant redwoods and dramatic cliffs.
NOTE: Highway 1–Full Closure Continues 17 Miles North of San Simeon at Ragged Point due to the Failure of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. The earliest reopening is currently projected to be June 2018. Check Official CA Central Coast alert website prior to your travels.
First on the list is the mountainous area of our Highway 1 coastal drive, a secret of only those who are in the know, our beloved vantage point at Ragged Point Inn and Resort. It’s only a short 13 min’s drive from Piedras Blancas. Park up and let’s go! If you are not afraid of heights, you can actually walk down a flight of stairs to catch a closer shot of the Ragged Point. Alternatively, make use of the wooden sculpture at this vantage point to frame the Ragged Point and create a photo composition just like my featured image for this post.
If you are patient enough and observe really closely, you may be able to catch sight of whales spouting water or even dolphins. We were so thrilled to spot a few whales!
Not far from this vantage point, and only if it is safe to do so, there are multiple spots to pullover for glimpses of the spectacular Big Sur.
Next up, it’s time for lunch at the idyllic Nepenthe restaurant perched atop the cliffs of Big Sur. Catch another million dollar view for the price of a burger and a beer. A romantic walk with sea views always sets the ambience for lunch. Do you agree that food always tastes better with beautiful views? How about these breathtaking views for starters?
Last but not least, don’t miss the famous Bixby Creek Bridge or otherwise known as Bixby Bridge. To jog your memory, you may remember this concrete bridge from the cover shots of Californian tourism brochures. Built in 1932 for only $200,000, this bridge spans a height of 280 feet (85 m) above a steep canyon carved by Bixby Creek.
Other famous Big Sur sights worth exploring are the River Inn and Big Sur Roadhouse. Dip your toes into the purple sands as you watch the ferocious waves rush through the square opening of the gigantic rock formation at the off the beaten path Pfeiffer Beach! If you are in the mood of a 0.64 mile hike, catch the migrating whales and the refreshing sounds of McWay Falls. For hikers and campers, you would enjoy Jade Cove Beach trails, watch in awe and admire rocky coves, go treasure hunting for jades accompanied by the song of the sea.
That’s it folks! Hope you’re inspired to visit breathtaking Big Sur. We hope to reunite with our beloved Big Sur one day. Until we meet again on another Californian adventure, take care and happy wanderlusting! Fly me a Dream!