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Big Sur Beach

I have been visiting Big Sur for over ten years now. Every time I park my car, step out and smell the fresh ocean air it triggers a home feeling in my brain. I visit Big Sur every year for the culture. So many activities are going on such as, paddle boarding, kayaking, and my favorite camping/hiking. Camping/hiking at Big Sur is a whole different experience to me. With a couple of different options to choose from it can feel overwhelming where to set up camp. My top two areas would be Kirk Creek Campground and Limekiln State Park. Kirk Creek Campground is considered one of California’s most scenic campgrounds, so be prepared to reserve a spot months before your visit. The wait is well worth it though! With a beautiful ocean view, open grassy areas, and shade. Right near the campground you can find the Kirk Creek which flows right into the Pacific. Limekiln State Park is no where as busy as Kirk Creek. The benefits is that it is quieter and low key. If you take the trail down you will discover likeliness hiding in the redwood forest. Now as for the beach scenery, I highly recommend visiting Pfeiffer Beach. It is the main beach at Big Sur so it does get packed but if you can get there early to grab a spot , it’ll be a sunset that is indescribable. Sand Dollar Beach is the longest and widest beach so it is definitely worth checking out as well. Many surfers choose that spot to ride waves and if you paddle board you can head out a little outwards and have a nice calm ocean. At Big Sur you can find many food spots that contribute to the culture. Places such as Nepenthe and Big Sur bakery are the main food locations to visit. You have Henry Miller’s Big Sur legacy to contributes to the culture, the library is more of a bookshop with a peaceful garden that tourists have been visiting  for years. I strongly believe that Big Sur is one of the beaches that defines California and makes our state unique.


  1. Big Sur is unlike no other, glad to see and hear others true appreciation for the place. We are all so lucky to have that globally recognized beauty so close to home!

  2. I have never been to Big Sur, but have always wanted to take a road trip up there. From just hearing about it and reading your post, it seems so much more than just a beach, although very beautiful. The beauty of Southern California is that we live so close to the beach, but also have beautiful mountains making recreational actives and sight seeing endless.

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