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Bixby Bridge
Thirteen miles south of Carmel stands one of the world's highest single-span concrete arch bridges, Bixby Bridge. Its beauty is matched only by the ocean waves crashing on the rocky coastline below. Reaching over 260 feet high and over 700 feet long, it is a structural masterpiece, and probably the most photographed object along the coastal route.

It is here, at the rivermouth that flows under the Bixby Bridge, that the endangered California Sea Otter was rediscovered playfully frolicking in the kelp beds and rescued from "extinction."

October 2016 marks 84 years that the Bixby Bridge has allowed travelers to easily traverse the Big Sur coastline. Learn more about the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur..

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Big Sur Campground & Cabins (831) 667-2322 Year-round family camping among the redwood trees along the Big Sur river. Inner tube rentals for floating on the Big Sur river. Store, laundry, playground and basketball court. Tent camping with hot showers. RV camping with water and electric hook-ups as well as a dump station. Fishing (November - February). Restaurants, gift shops, beach and trail access are all nearby. You'll find a variety of cabins, including tent cabins and A-Frame cabins. Many with fully equipped kitchens. Tenters Welcome - Rental accommodations - Credit Cards Accepted. AAA approved. Reservations accepted. Open all year. RV sites.
Big Sur Lodge

(800) 424-4787, (831) 667-3100 Located in the heart of Pfeiffer State Park, Big Sur Lodge offers single, double, and family size rooms with fireplaces and kitchenettes and a myriad of wonderful outdoor activities for all travelers' needs including hiking and swimming. There is a restaurant, outdoor patio, gift store, and deli. Wedding and group events/dining facilities are available.

Big Sur River Inn Gas Station(800) 548-3610, (831) 667-2700 Featuring 22 cozy guest rooms, restaurant and bar, and a seasonally heated swimming pool on the Big Sur River. Also features a gas station and general store stocked with natural foods and convenience items. High speed wireless internet access is available on the property in the restaurant and guest rooms.
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn (831) 667-2377 Offering lodging in a picturesque, historic Big Sur setting. Nestled in the redwoods of Castro Canyon, the Inn has just 20 rooms, and offers a quiet, retreat atmosphere. Advance reservations suggested.
Esalen Institute

WiFi1-888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536) As the birthplace of the human potential movement, Esalen Institute ( offers year-round workshops and conferences for personal and social transformation. Enjoy daily movement classes, experience our garden and lovingly prepared meals, and more. Public night bathing in our world-renowned hot springs is by reservation only. Call 888-837-2536 for more information.

Fernwood Campground and Resort WiFi(831) 667-2422 Twelve Unit motel, some with hot tubs and gas fireplaces. Cabins with kitchens on the meadow and nestled in the redwoods bordering Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Immediate access to hiking trails. Tent Cabins as well as tent and RV camping along the Big Sur River. Pets are allowed in the tent cabins and campsites only. Family friendly Fernwood Bar & Grill with tavern atmosphere, big screen HD televisions and outside dining on the deck under the redwoods. General store with groceries, espresso bar and Lapperts Ice Cream. Gift shop and Camping Supply store. Free Wifi in the bar and grill with live music on Saturday nights. Ping Pong table behind the bar and grill and occasional Karaoke and Trivia nights in the Tavern. Open year round.
Glen Oaks Big Sur WiFi(831) 667-2105 Our adobe motor lodge was considered modern in 1957 and 50 years later Glen Oaks Big Sur has a fresh rustic-modern and Green sensibility. Our remake takes the lead from the original natural adobe walls, known for keeping the hot sun out and the warmth in, and uses recycled and renewable stone, Peroba wood, bamboo, resin, wool carpets and organic cotton for a healthy and natural environment. Walk-in showers are evocative of showering in the forest, but the stylish chrome and porcelain fixtures will bring you back to the modern world.
Whether you are out on a hike, or cozy in your room, you are never far from the warmth and color of nature. Our natural wool blankets by Pendleton Woolen Mills and Coyuchi organic cotton bedding and feather duvets, are delightful to look at and even better to snuggle under. Natural beauty is skin deep, with organic bath products from Innersense.
Gorda Springs Resort Gas Station(805) 927-3918 Beautifully appointed cottages with sweeping Pacific Ocean views. Offering a gas station open 24 hours, minimart and espresso bar. The General Store features convenience items, camping supplies and a variety of ready-made sandwiches and food items. Whale Watcher Cafe is open 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM, seven days a week. Close to Sand Dollar beach, Jade Cove and numerous hiking trails. 65 miles south of Carmel and 75 miles north of San Luis Obispo.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands (831) 620-1234 100 Years. 10 Decades. 1,200 Months. 36,500 Days.

Impeccable service. World-class dining. Awe-inspiring views.

Perched on a hillside in the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Highlands Inn combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, Highlands Inn features 48 luxuriously renovated guest rooms, including 11 suites, 32 ocean view rooms and five garden view rooms.

Situated only 4 miles from downtown Carmel, Highlands Inn's idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, bridal couples, honeymooners, and privileged travelers for a century. Highlands Inn has been recognized among the world's finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List and Travel + Leisure's "T + L 500" World's Best Hotels.

What Makes Each Stay Extraordinary:

·  Oceanview accommodations: 48 beautiful guestrooms and suites featuring open spaces, warm décor, and private balconies with the incredible Pacific Ocean breeze.

·  Recreational amenities: Outdoor heated swimming pool, three outdoor garden spas, fitness room, complimentary mountain bikes, and horseback riding nearby.

·  Meeting and event space: 4,945 sq. ft. of function space, including four conference rooms with glass-walled views of the Big Sur coastline and a gazebo terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

·  Award-winning dining: Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur coast at California Market at Pacific’s Edge and watch the nightfall at Sunset Lounge. 

·  Spectacular wedding venues: Celebrate your special day in one of the most breathtaking seaside wedding locations you can find with award-winning catering services.

Lucia Lodge

(866) 424-4787 or (831) 688-4884 Reservations or (831) 667-2391 Market & Gift Shop
Rich in history and located on a cliff 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Lucia Lodge is an unparalleled location to experience the majesty of Big Sur. A spectacular panorama of the Big Sur South Coast can be seen from the dining room, dining decks or cliff-side cabin area. No other Big Sur resort provides the spectacular view or feel for what makes Big Sur a destination for the world.

Historic cabins are situated along a secluded cliff and have a full view to the south, as well as vista straight down to the bay below. Lucia Lodge features only ten cabins which are designed to promote the relaxing nature of the area. Cabins have no televisions or telephones, but do feature free WIFI access for communications on your terms.

Three styles of cabins are available. All cabins feature one queen-sized bed, bathrooms with showers and sitting arrangements. Cabins 1-4 are slightly more modern and located farther from the cliff. Each cabin has views of the south coast, with ocean views better in cabin 1 and decreasing towards cabin 4. Cabins 5 & 6 face the Santa Lucia Mountains and are slightly larger. These two cabins offer more spacious bathrooms with shower-over-tub arrangements. Cabins 7 to 10 are the original free-standing cabins built in the 1930’s form locally milled redwood. Located closest to the cliff, all have queen-size beds, gas fireplaces and stand up showers. Bathrooms are small and typical of the 1930’s. Cabin 10 is known as the honeymoon cottage due to its spectacular cliff-side location.

A variety of outdoor sitting areas are available to all guest. Lucia Lodge has a strict No Smoking and No Pets policy for all rooms. All cabins include a wonderful continental breakfast in our dining room and free WIFI access for communications. The focus of our lodge is a romantic setting amid ever changing seascapes and views of majestic mountains where guest can retreat and repair.  

New Camaldoli Hermitage

(831) 667-2456 x100 (831) 667-2456 Located near Lucia on the southern Big Sur Coast, we are a Hermitage and offer space for spiritual retreats. Please come and stay with us and enjoy our private contemplative rooms. Guest facilities are open for men and women year-round. Retreatans are asked to maintain an atmosphere of quiet and c ontemplation.Two types of spaces are provided for retreatants for single occupancy. The retreat house features private rooms, each with half-bath, and personal garden overlooking the ocean. There is a common area with two shower rooms and a kitchen where meals are picked up. In addition to the retreat house, there are five hermitages. These spaces offer greater solitude and privacy. They include a full bath, refrigerator, counter-top gas burner, various food items, and a sun deck. In addition, we have two spaces that can accommodate two or more people. On your visit, please visit our chapel and religious gift shop and enjoy the stunning views of the Big Sur coastline. Our monks are available to meet with you for spiritual direction. Please call if you have any questions.

Please come and join the monks for Mass at the following times: 11:00 AM (Sunday) and 11:30 AM (Monday through Saturday).  You are also invited to attend the following liturgical services: Vigils: 5:30 AM, Lauds: 7:00 AM, and Vespers: 5:00 PM (Sunday) and 6:00 PM (Monday through Saturday).

Post Ranch Inn WiFi(800) 527-2200 (831) 667-2200 Floating majestically over the Pacific Ocean, Post Ranch Inn on the cliffs of Big Sur, offers a tranquil retreat and an unforgettable escape, be it for romance, relaxation or rejuvenation. With organic architecture embracing the coast's dramatic beauty, the 39 guestrooms blend rustic elegance, comfort and privacy. Each room provides a wood-burning fireplace, indoor spa tub, mini-bar with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and a private deck with an ocean or mountain view. Winner of Wine Spectator's prestigious Grand Award, Sierra Mar restaurant offers guests an unconventional fine dining experience that invites guests to indulge in an exploration of food and wine. Guests can relax by the pools and take in the splendid views; rejuvenate with a treatment at the award-winning spa or daily yoga class; or explore all that nature has to offer.
Ragged Point Inn WiFi(805) 927-4502 Seventeen cliff-side acres overlook the rugged Pacific, across from Sur Sur Ranch in south Big Sur. Most of our 35 rooms feature magnificent ocean views, fireplaces, decks or balconies. Cliff House has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, gourmet kitchen, private dining room, sitting room, lawn, great views. Restaurant. Wedding and conference facilities. Sandwich stand. Espresso and wine bar. Gift Shop. Minimart. Gas station. Sunday concerts throughout the summer. WiFi. Dog-friendly.
Ripplewood Resort WiFi(831) 667-2242 Ripplewood Resort is a rustic resort property located in Big Sur that features a General Store, Café, a Chevron Gas Station, and 17 Cabins, eight of which are perched over the Big Sur River. Most of the free standing cabins have modestly equipped kitchens and wood burning fireplaces. Kitchen amenities include a refrigerator, a four burner stove with oven, basic utensils, and cookware. All of the cabins include housekeeping daily, and are provided with bedding and bath amenities. Call in advance for reservations at: (831) 667-2242, toll free in the continental USA (800) 575-1735, and check availability online on our website. Wi-Fi in the café.
Riverside Campground & Cabins WiFi(831) 667-2414 Our beautiful 16-acre dog friendly property offers RV and tent camping as well as 12 cozy cabins nestled in majestic redwoods along the Big Sur river. Hiking and beach access are just minutes away. Enjoy seasonal catch & release fishing, swimming and inner tubing in the Big Sur river. Pet Friendly.
San Simeon Lodge WiFi(866) 990-8990 (805) 927-4601 Closest to Hearst Castle, just 2 miles South, this lodge features 65 rooms, panoramic ocean view, heated pool, beautiful grounds, a large restaurant & cocktail lounge with entertainment, market, bike rental, coffee bar, ATM. One block to world famous Pico Beach.
Treebones Resort WiFi(877) 4BIGSUR (877) 424-4787 Features seven ocean view tent campsites (along with the 16 yurts). Great views of the Pacific at Cape San Martin in south Big Sur. Can be reserved in advance! Campsite rates include full use of resort facilities (pool, hot tub, showers) and complimentary breakfast for two. (Maximum occupancy two guests per site) There are two restaurant venues at the Resort: Coastal cuisine boasting fresh organic greens harvested from resort garden and the famous Sunset Sushi Bar. Gift and Convenient Store.
Ventana Big Sur WiFi(888) 382-4850, (831) 667-2331 Perched 1,200 feet above one of the most dramatic stretches of the state’s Central Coast, the adults-only, rustically luxurious resort is a place for visionaries, seekers, romantics. Featuring 160 sprawling acres to explore; 59 guestrooms and suites; glampsites; two resort pools with panoramic coastal views; a signature restaurant; the rejuvenating Spa Alila, which features treatments in outdoor cabanas overlooking the redwood forest; and The Sur House, offering an expansive terrace with ocean views, fire pits and bar. 

Spa Alila
Featuring treatments rooted in both traditional and modern methods from around the world, as well as products that meld the healing properties of both earth and sea, Spa Alila at Ventana Big Sur is rejuvenating and regenerative for mind, body and soul. Outdoor treatment cabanas overlooking the redwood forest provide the ultimate inspiration. 

Wondering where all these inn's are in relationship to one another? View a map of Big Sur.

Note: Nearly all of the lodges listed above do not allow pets. Big Sur Campground and Cabins allows pets in the campground and in the "tent cabins." The California state run camgrounds allow dogs if they are kept on a leash. Please contact the private camgrounds individually for their policies.
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Looking north from Partington Ridge. Photo; Stan Russell

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