7 Places To Visit In Big Sur When You Only Have One Weekend

With its sweeping views, crashing waves and abundance of nature, Big Sur is one of the most gorgeous places in the country. Just an hour flight (or a six-hour drive) from bustling Los Angeles, the rugged central coast of Monterey County is an escape whether you’re looking for a quick romantic getaway or a solo retreat. Despite the closure of roads and businesses due to winter’s landslides and storms, the hidden gem—which has garnered a lot of attention as the setting of Big Little Lies—is still a sight to see and enjoy. Ahead, how to make the most of the beautiful hideaway on a summer weekend.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

A winding forested hiking trail leads to breathtaking views of the Pacific and wildlife. A walk in the quiet hidden escape is the perfect way to start the day.

62 California 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923


Big Sur River Inn

Established in 1932, this historic vacation destination nestled in the redwoods along Big Sur River is every bit of quaint and homey. Dip your feet in as you sip drinks on the chairs and enjoy the cabin lodges for a true rustic experience.

46800 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

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Garrapata State Park And Beach

While the beach is ruggedly beautiful (and was one of the filming locations for Big Little Lies), we recommend venturing further into the secluded picturesque canyon of wildflowers.

Highway 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

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Bixby Bridge

When you think of Big Sur, you think of Bixby Bridge. Its majestic presence over the coast is worth the hype in person.

Bixby Creek Bridge, CA-1, Monterey, CA 93940

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Big Sur Roadhouse

Just a quick jaunt away from Big Sur River Inn, Big Sur Roadhouse is open for breakfast and lunch. Offering seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, the adorable café is one you'll want to frequent.

47080 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920


Post Ranch Inn

Experience ultimate luxury in nature at this four-star hotel perched on the coastline. Each room has either a mountain or ocean view with private deck and indoor spa tub. The breathtaking infinity pool and in-house restaurant Sierra Mar are musts. (It girl Olivia Culpo recently vacationed there.)

47900 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

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Nepenthe Restaurant

Dine at this friendly neighborhood restaurant, where legendary writers and artists such as Henry Miller have visited. The expansive terrace overlooks the mountains and the coast. (Tip: The Ambrosia Burger is a favorite.)

48510 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920