No need to postpone because of California's drought, but beautiful Big Sur Scenic Coast Highway is busy now so get off the highway stop, relax and enjoy! Here's a brief rundown on what's happening in Big Sur right NOW...
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Central California Coast tourist season is in full swing...at the State Parks Campfire Programs and Junior Rangers are happening, check list of Activities Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (831-667-2315), Big Sur business operations are at maximum hours and they have expanded with seasonal offerings like the Point Sur Lighthouse Moonlight Tours that began in May and on the weekends Big Sur is starting to rock with live music and live entertainment; check the calendars at places like the Big Sur River Inn, the Henry Miller Library - upcoming HML events (they have a new stage and movie screen!), the Fernwood Resort and Tavern and check the www.big-sur-lodging.com calendar of Big Sur things to see & do.
Big Sur businesses are are anxious for your trade; come enjoy this unspoiled paradise; many service people are available and eager to provide you with a memorable Big Sur vacationer experience!
The creeks are low and slow because of the season and the drought but the trails to the beautiful natural Big Sur Waterfalls ( waterfalls guide mobile) still provide nice short hikes through the lush green forests.
Visiting the southern end of scenic Big Sur is attractive now also, the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (805) 927-7361 is offering tours of their grounds and facilities Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Ragged Point is always a must stop to at least stretch legs and check the coastal views anyway. In the tiny village of San Simeon visit Sebastian’s General Store and Café who feature Hearst Ranch natural free range grass fed beef at the cafe which is getting a reputation for their great food with both tourists and locals alike and their latest addition a tasting room for Hearst Ranch Wines so they now have wine tasting there too! Do some exploring and have some adventures along with getting pampered at one of the fine resorts on the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway 1! Also help prevent wild-fires, note recent new level III fire restrictions because of the heightened wild-fire danger ...do be careful and follow regulations.
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Pfeiffer Beach Big Sur was chosen #3 on Saturday Evening Post's Americas 10 Best Beaches List !!! Then Hundreds of Tourists are getting turned away from Pfeiffer Beach this summer -- get there early to claim your spot! and what if...
THE FOG HAPPENS:( Regretfully summertime can bring in a thick marine layer of clouds and in the mornings and evenings a dense fog can often envelope the coast; fog is actually an important part of the local ecosystem but it can greatly disappoint visitors who would like to sightsee the intermittent breathtaking views. When you plan your vacation you should include a foggy coast plan B. The work-around options are all good…wait it out, relax and have a coffee at one of the Sur’s many espresso bars, the fog often lifts by midday…get away from it, go inland on a wine tasting side trip across highway 46, maybe take the family on a California history adventure across Nacimiento-Ferguson Road to visit Mission San Antonio de Padua and stay at the old Hearst Ranch Headquarters or get above it, the Big Sur backcountry and Valley are usually above the fog and out of it…inner tube down the Big Sur River or something cool.. looking north and south it is a good time to visit Garrapata State Park , and Morro Strand State Beach (camp on the beach) California State beaches.
SOMETHING TO DO JUST NORTH OF BIG SUR...The Point Sur Lighthouse has the regular summer season tours Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday; LOOKING FOR LIVE MUSIC OR ENTERTAINMENT?; check the calendars at places like the Henry Miller Library (831-667-2574), Fernwood Resort (831-667-2129), Treebones Yurt Camp (877-424-4787) does "Sounds in the Round" Mondays, but sorry most the live the music is over till spring at places like the Big Sur River Inn (831-667-2700 or Toll Free: 1-800-548-3610), but check the Maiden Publick House (831-667-2355); and the www.big-sur-lodging.com calendar of Big Sur things to see & do.
Enjoy paradise unspoiled; many service people are not busy and anxious to provide you with a memorable Big Sur vacationer experience!
VISIT MONTEREY ... At the northern end of the highway, there is always something going on in Carmel/Monterey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, see some unique barrel jellies and scores of octopuses, squids and cuttlefishes also are some of the latest additions making up the interesting and ultra beautiful Tentacles Exhibit, there is a baby sea turtle in the open sea exhibit and now they have a Giant Pacific Octopus too. . Take the virtual Big Sur road trip for more ideas along the highway.!
VISIT HEARST CASTLE & CAMBRIA ... Visiting the southern end of scenic Big Sur is good now also; try Morro Bay/Cayucos/Cambria. If you are a first time visitor to Hearst Castle take the “Grand Rooms Tour”, a 45 minute tour through the grounds and grand social rooms of Casa Grande, the largest house at Hearst Castle...experience what it was like to be a guest at this hilltop retreat. Also you can tour the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (805) 927-7361 which is offering tours of their grounds and facilities through June 14 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10 a.m. leaving the Piedras Blancas Motel at 10AM. Piedras Blancas elephant seals are always up to something; this years young show up September and newborns come in December, see the SEALS ACTIVITIES MONTH by MONTH CALENDAR for the seals routines and look at the new Elephant Seal Webcam to see what they are up to right this second. Ragged Point has the closest restrooms you must stop there to at least check the coastal views anyway.
DON'T MISS ... Just a reminder of some of my coastal favorites: Ragged Point
is always a must stop on anytime you are in the neighborhood...at the very least stretch your legs and check the California coastal views...In the tiny village of San Simeon at the south end of the Big Sur Coast try McPhee's new menu at Sebastian’s Snack Bar who still feature Hearst Ranch natural free range grass fed beef and try the tasting room of Hearst Ranch Wines! Do some exploring and have some adventures along with getting pampered at one of the fine resorts on the scenic Big Sur Coast Highway 1!
WHAT TO WEAR... HOW TO DRESS WHEN YOU GO TO BIG SUR CALIFORNIA: The Big Sur area has a large variety of microclimates; weather is generally mild on the coast but it changes quickly and often so it is best to come prepared with extreme heavy warm clothing and light cloths too...layering is the best way to dress for Big Sur any season; peal clothes off when it warms, pile them on when it starts to get cool or damp.
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Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel outside of designated Campfire Use Sites.
INFORMATION ON TRAILS, CAMPGROUNDS AND LOCAL STATE PARKS: Check the 2015 Spring Campground Report
PRE-CHECK YOUR VENUE! many services have changer or are limited because of intense storms following the prolonged drought, for instance Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is only partially open; GOOD NEWS !!!: Damage from most past Big Sur forest fires have been repaired and most most affected trails and campgrounds were reopened the exception is Ventana Campground, coming back for summer 2015 I am told; Limekiln Creek California State Park's maybe open but the trail to Sykes Hot Springs has been repaired and reopened.
Get out of your car and get to know Big Sur spend A Night Beneath the Stars on Buckeye Trail!
Before you start any adventure you may want phone ahead and to check online and double check by telephone that your desired trails and camping destinations are open and passable. Ventana Wilderness Alliance website is a great resource for all Big Sur area trails (V.W.A. Website) and can check for current conditions and closures via telephone or in person at the Big Sur Ranger Station (831) 667-2315. Personnel are available during normal business hours 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PST) and have information about hiking, camping, road conditions and more. While in Big Sur you can pick up trail maps, books, posters, and lots of other information. They also have public restrooms. At the more southern end of the Scenic Big Sur Highway you can get help and information via telephone or in person from the Pacific Valley Ranger Station (805)927-4211.
It's always a good idea to check Highway conditions; Pacific Coast Highway One, PCH 1, has been describe by Cal-Trans as geologically unstable and there is highway construction, delays and closures:
PCH 1, Pacific Coast Highway 1 -It is never really safe to travel the scenic Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway, it only takes one small falling rock to ruin your day and a one distracted driver can end your life! The Pacific Coast Highway 1 remains open unless it is closed by the California Department of Transportation; for current California Highway conditions call 1-800.427.7623, or on the internet you can check California Highway Conditions:
PCH 1 and all California Highway Conditions at the California Department of Transportation website Mobile.