Big Sur is a popular tourist destination as its terrain offers stunning views. The area of Big Sur doesn’t have specific boundaries but generally includes a 90 mile area of coastline from the Carmel River in Monterey County to the San Carpoforo Creek to the south. It then extends 20 miles inland to the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucia’s. Big Sur lies about 120 miles south of San Francisco.
You can visit Big Sur any time of year as it has a mild climate throughout. The summer is typically sunny and dry, and the winters are a little bit cooler with some rain. The best time to holiday would be from June through October as this offers days in the 70’s and evenings in the 50’s. Like other coastal regions however, be aware though due to the varied jagged topography of Big Sur, the weather can vary quite dramatically throughout the area and actually causes microclimates. This just adds to your viewing pleasure of the terrain as this is one of the very few places in the world that you will find Redwoods growing in the vicinity of cacti. Big Sur also has the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous United States. Its Cone Peak ascends nearly a mile above sea level at sits only 3 miles from the ocean.
The breathtaking views of Big Sur are of course the main reason to visit. You can take in these awe inspiring views by either the highway, that has pull offs for you to observe the area at your leisure without the danger of trying to do so while driving the winding road as well as hiking and mountain climbing. There are land use restrictions in the area to preserve its natural beauty. Be aware that this impacts the availability of accommodations and adventure as everything tends to fill up early especially during the summer season. There is a variety of lodging options though depending on what you require. There is camping, rustic cabins, motels and five star resorts offered for you that are mostly located in the Big Sur Valley.