"Big Sur: A Rare Gift" Top 5 Page for this destination Big Sur by richiecdisc

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Big Sur is more than a geographic region. It's a state of mind and in a state like California, the mind is capable of some amazing things. For many, this area is synonymous with the Pacific Coast Highway that runs from Ragged Point just south of the Monterrey County Line to Carmel, but restricting yourself to the asphalt is good way to miss much of what the spectacular chunk of coast has to offer.

a Big Sur(prise)

While the road does snake its way around numerous precipitous cliff hugging bends, only the hurried or unadventurous are not drawn to walk to their edge or down below to the icy rough surf of blue. With numerous places to beach comb, walk on bluffs or through dense forest, and stop to smell the wildflowers, Big Sur is understandably popular with tourist and locals alike.

don't forget to breathe

This sparsely populated area chuck full of state parks is a campers delight so take your time and let the salt air get in your hair, deep in your lungs, and into your soul. Big Sur is the rare gift of wondrous nature so close to civilization yet so far removed.

  • Last visit to Big Sur: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 15, 2009
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 3:12 AM

    Wonderful coast views - esp like the rough seas at Pfeiffer! This was more or less the 1st ever drive we did in the US - was a bit hairy being on the wrong side of the road but it gave us the roadtrip bug ;-) Love the sound of D's Oatmeal Stout too btw

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2009 at 7:20 AM

    Big Sur looks fantastic - now I'm sorry we pulled up just short in Carmel a few years ago! Elephant Seals, Sea Lions and wild flowers - wow! An excellent page Richie with great Restaurant and Accoms tips too!

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    I worked in Big Sur State Park at the end of the 60s. It was a wild time. Next time camp at Andrew Molera State Park to get a bit closer to the beach. Or one of the State Parks in Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz.

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Very nice coastline in did, but common, in Finland 50 F water temperature is a sign of the beginning of the summer ;-))

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    And I thought HE was looking at ME ;) Anyway, I am looking forward to going back to this beautiful place...were the mountains meet the sand... Well, excuse me, maybe it was a he and he was just little & light colored ;p

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    Oh wow, fantastic colours!!! And yessir, I can smell it all :-) These yellow lightflowers are.... breathtaking beautiful! I miss the photo of D&you, didn't you take one here? And haha, Pfeiffer with 3 f, do you know the movie?


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