Big Sur, California (CA) Hotel Lodging
Big Sur, California, which translates from the Spanish as "the Big South," is an epic stretch of wild California coastline, boasting dramatic sheer cliffs, miles of unspoiled beaches, scenic overlooks and bridges, and a history as a retreat for artists, movie stars, and writers. Two state parks, several natural hot springs, a legendary restaurant, the Esalen Institute, and the Henry Miller Library all make their home along Big Sur's surf-pounded shores. It's a leisurely drive from the Normandy Inn, a renovated smoke-free hotel in downtown Carmel, California.
Big Sur, CA Outdoor Activities and Things to Do.
Big Sur, California is an outdoor enthusiasts' paradise. Hike across rivers and beaches, through misty Los Padres National Forest, or up to spectacular coastal ridges for breathtaking views. Visit Andrew Molera or Julia Pfeiffer Burns state parks and spend a day communing with nature. Big Sur is also a prime viewing area for elephant seals, migrating whales, monarch butterflies, and the endangered California condor. [Top]
Big Sur, California Restaurants & Attractions.
Dining options in Big Sur, CA range from casual cafes to luxurious fine dining with views of the Pacific Ocean. Opened in 1949, the legendary Nepenthe Restaurant is a relaxed and spectacular setting for burgers, sandwiches, and salads, perched on a ridge overlooking 50 miles of coastline. On your way, stop in at the Henry Miller Library and Sculpture Garden, the one-time residence of writer Henry Miller. Or soak up the natural mineral waters and stunning vistas at the hot springs at Esalen Institute. [Top]