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Beach Access: Because of recent conservation easements and government coastal land acquisitions beach access for public use is prevalent but please be respectful of the fragile land and wildlife. Don’t leave litter, take back whatever you take to the beach and take care to impact the land and its delicate natural inhabitants as little as possible by staying on the pathways and don’t break any fences or block any gates or access roads. Do enjoy the beaches there are now so many for you to enjoy, each with its own distinct unique qualities. The supporting facilities like restrooms, picnic areas and boardwalks are sparse and few and recent developments have been limited by government budget restraints.
Sport Fishing: There are many kinds of fishing for your recreational pleasure on the California Central Coast. I personally have enjoyed fishing from the shore, off rocks and piers; during low tides I have taken delicious shellfish. Also I have launched small boats and fished for rockfish with friends; many people take pleasure in fishing from personal kayaks these days. My greatest enjoyment and seafood rewards have come from taking part in Virg’s Landing, overnight rock-fishing expedition which leaves from Morro Bay and goes all the way up to off the Big Sur Coast. CAUTION ! : It is important that you check and follow all California Department of Fish and Wildlife rules and regulations, the fines and punishments for failure to abide can be extreme. Specifically stay away from the Piedras Blancas area it is a State Marine Reserve and fishing is prohibited, check the current regulations for any specific area you intend to fish.
Surfing, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Sailboarding: Regretfully it is a rare thing when all the elements come together to make any of the areas surf spots break anywhere close to perfect but occasionally there is some good surfing. The water sports that require wind fare better here. In fact sailboarders travel hundreds of miles to ply their sport at Arroyo Laguna Beach just north of San Simeon. Since we often get strong sustained winds at our beaches windsurfing and kitesurfing can also be very good.
Boating: The area is very good for small boating but getting your boat into the water can be a problem, launching facilities are limited. Kayaking has become quite popular here, conditions are often good and there are many excellent spots. Kayaks are easier to get to the water and so launching isn’t so much of a problem.
Diving and Scuba Diving: When conditions are favorable diving is very good, our kelp forests are nothing short of amazing. Still when I was learning my instructor told us California has some of the worst diving conditions in the world; “if you can dive here you can dive anywhere”. When conditions are bad it is truly sad but on the rare occasions when visibility gets really good one truly appreciates it. I loved to dive here when I was younger, divers are privileged to enjoy that wonderful world that is just beyond others sight; these days being older I would rather go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Swimming in the Ocean: When I was young I would swim and surf in these waters, we would sometimes build a fire on the beach to warm up by; it was nice eventually we would stop shacking uncontrollably, we didn’t know what hypothermia was, dah. If you want to swim or surf in these waters it is best to wear a wetsuit, if you are just visiting they are cheap to rent.



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Best Big Sur Road Trip Accessible Beaches:

Best Big Sur Ocean Fishing:

Check the Department of Fish and Wildlife rules and regulations before you go.
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Although you can catch rock fish from the shore off the rocks I have much better luck from a small boat, kayak or diving. Regretfully the fishing season when utilizing a boat is more limited. Watch the video documentary below "Kayaking the Central Coast in Big Sur " and you will see what I am talking about.

Boat Launches:

  • Morro Bay - at the far south end of the Embaracadero is a free back in boat launching ramp.
  • Cambria - at Leffingwell Landing there is a ramp where you can back down to the beach but you have to get your boat across the sand to the water, the waves are usually small and spaced out
  • Monterey - has both a back in ramp and a sling hoist boat launch

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Some of California’s best diving lies along this road trip; pristine waters with colorful corals & sponges, a myriad of other sea creatures, friendly interesting wildlife and amazing beautiful underwater landscapes.

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