OUR TOP PICK // BIG SUR, CA
If you landed here and looking for your next travel destination in your van look no further! We picked Big Sur and for good reason – it's stunning. With its bright blue water, rocky cliffs, and white sand, it's easy to see why people flock here. Below we recommend best time of year to go, places to see, spots to set-up camp, & places to see in the surrounding area!
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Big Sur in the state of California is from June through October. In this period you have a comfortable temperature and almost no rain. The highest average temperature in Big Sur is 70°F in September and the lowest is 57°F in December. The average water temperature is between 55°F and 62°F.
Below is your average 12 month calendar for Big Sur, CA:
PLACE TO VISIT WHILE IN BIG SUR
1. Pfeiffer Beach
Most famous for its purple colored sand, and amazing views Pfeiffer Beach is a beautiful relatively unspoiled destination. This beach is a little bit of a trek to access however everyone will tell you its well worth visiting. The beach has stunning offshore views of stunning sea stacks and rock formations with the occasional surf. If you are a surfer it may be worth bringing your board, but don't expect consistent waves. Because of the a way the beach is angled, it's an amazing place for photography, hence why so many people flock to this beach with their cameras!
2. Bixby Bridge
This bridge is the Big Sur's version of the Golden Gate bridges in San Francisco, CA. This historical bridge overlooking the ocean is a very iconic subject for photographers. It is also a great spot for animal & nature lovers as the views are just breathtaking. This bridge is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world, spanning about 714 feet in length.
3. McWay Falls
This is another must-stop for anyone spending time in the Big Sur Coast and in search to have their jaws drop. There is an 80-ft waterfall which flows into a beautiful beach surrounded by a cove. You can hike the whole area which is about .6 miles in total. However it may take you a little longer as you will be stopping frequently to soak in all the beauty.
4. Limekiln State Park
If you are growing tired of ocean specific views (highly doubtful) then views Limekiln State Park may be your next stop! This park is great for biking, hiking , exploring the kiln tower historic sites, and has an abundant amount of wildlife to view. This park also has a bunch of campsites that you can set-up camp, just make sure you make a reservation before hand as its a popular place!
5. Point Lobos
Point logos is a great spot if you like hiking along the ocean while enjoying lush meadows in the opposite direction. If you happen to be here during the winter you may be in luck..... this is a great spot to whale watch! Sea lions frequent here all year long so don't be surprised if you happen to spot them beaching on these shores. They are little restless so keep your distance to avoid any conformation with these cute fellas.
SPOTS TO SET-UP CAMP
All of the following spots below have stunning views are highly rated & wont disappoint. All bookings go though this website in the greater Big Sur area:
Our Top 5 choices are below:
1. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
2. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
3. Kirk Creek Campground
4. Andrew Molera State Park
5. Limekiln State Park
BEST DINING EXPERIENCES
1. Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant (see menu)
The quaint award-winning restaurant is a gem. There is an old warm charm about this inn that takes you back generations. If you dine here you will be in a little valley surrounded by lush trees where a creek runs through. They are open for breakfast and dinner every day.
2. Sierra Mar (see menu)
This restaurant sits on top of a rocky seaside bluff in Big Sur, CA. The large glass windows give you an amazing ocean view. So whether you are inside or out the views wont disappoint! This modern dining spot is great spot for date night or if you want to try some amazing new dishes,
3. Nepenthe (see menu)
This is another stunning setting overlooking the pacific ocean. If you are a burger fanatic this may be the place to go. Their famous Ambrosia Burger may be worth the stop! If you can bring us back one that would be greatly appreciated, thanks! ;)
A LOOK AT OUR TRIP TO BIG SUR, CA
We can't wait to go back!
If you haven any questions about Big Sur, CA or anything Van related we would love to help you out! You can either book a call with one of our team members here (book a call) or you can hit us up on the chat box!
We hope to see you out on the road!
Safe & Happy Travels
The Van Mart Team