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Michele was very responsive with communications. We appreciated the gate in the patio area for the safety of our child. The location is very secluded and quiet.
Overall we had a great time and staying here. The full kitchen was very convenient and we found everything we needed glasses, cups, French press, etc. Our one regret was that the cold weather didn't allow us to enjoy their large deck!
There were also several nearby restaurants that offered us a range of good choices without having to go into Santa Cruz. Michele's cottage was the perfect stay.
It's spacious and comfortable with a lot of natural lighting. There were fresh flowers, snacks, and even a free CD. I appreciated having a full kitchen to cook meals. I was looking for a quiet few days away with my dog and this place fit the bill perfectly. This place was pretty inside and out. The patio has a little table facing nature, and the inside was pleasant, clean, beautifully colored, and quilty.
Someone loves making colorful and original quilts. These musician hosts also gave us a few CDs of their California folk music to enjoy, plus diverse treats. I loved this place. Michele made us feel very welcome and made sure to say hello as we were pulling out of the driveway. Nick is very welcoming, and encouraged us to feel free to make the place our own.
What a wonderful feeling to be welcomed so warmly! The place is in a beautiful part of the redwoods, yet close to stores, dining, etc.
It's restful, relaxing, and beautiful! A nice spot for a few nights to get out of the city. Thank you Nick, for creating such a beautiful space and most of all being flexible with our check out time. The house is really cozy and Nick answered to us with pretty short notice! We were provided with amazing amenities-everything as described. Would strongly recommend to all! That was a really great house, one of the best we've ever stayed in!
Nick is an awesome host - funny, friendly and helpful. And of course both of his cat buddies too! The view is just fabulous! We can stay on the deck all day from sun rise to sunset. The house is clean, comfortable and very private since it's separated from the main house. We will definitely come back! Thank you Aaron for sharing your little slice of heaven with us. The setting of the cottage was truly magical.
It was so easy to get lost in the view. Super relaxing which is just what we were looking for. It was an easy walk down to the beach which we did several times during our stay. It was a special treat to be able to bring them along on the trip. I recommend this cottage to anyone wanting a no frills get away to enjoy the beautiful and simple things in life. Amazing views - you could see the calm ocean with literally no blockage, flock of birds, sunset.
The place is really good with all the amenities and full kitchen. The host Katcha was very welcoming and responsive at all times. The place is very clam off course sounds of waves and peaceful, close to the nature.
An outpost of relaxation, the sound of waves and a sun soaked deck. Private yet not isolated, so close to the grocery store and kitchen amenities we cooked every day. Great place to unwind. It was our last stop on our road trip and a very nice way to cap it off. The view from the deck was spectacular, I could sit there all day. Katcha was super welcoming and gave us great tips! The view was breathtaking. The cottage a perfect size for relaxing and enjoying the ocean.
In the courtyard there is grass and is fenced in, perfect for my Pomeranian to run around. It's all about the view and this beach cottage has it! What a wonderful place to hang out on the deck and enjoy the beach, waves, birds, sea lions, and dolphins! We didn't get to see any whales, hopefully next time.
The small cottage worked out well for the two of us and we had our kids and grandkids come to visit and they loved it too. Aaron is very nice and makes himself available if you need anything. It's wonderful to be able to have a view like this for such a reasonable price. I wanted a place to retreat, unplug, and veg for a few days and Liz's place was perfect. The listing description and photos truly represented the studio: The private patio is definitely a plus and a great space for meals.
The community is safe and quiet with the beach only a short walk down the road. Liz was very responsive and accepted my reservation promptly and followed up with information afterwards. Unfortunately, I was so "burnt out" I checked in right at 2pm and only left the unit once for an early morning walk on the beach. I would certainly return in the future! Our experience in Liz's cozy place was a great one.
It was neat, clean, and adorable and will definitely stay again in the near future! We loves the little studio it was perfect for our little weekend trip. We were out for most of the day in big sur except to sleep, but it was nice to come home to. The bed was very comfortable and warm, we were disappointed only in that we didn't get to relax in the patio outside or explore the little beach town which looked really cute.
The studio was well stocked with a little kitchenette and little convenient basic items. We decided to take a last minute one night trip to Santa Cruz and found this studio was available. Liz was very prompt in her response and we got a reservation with just a couple hours notice. We walked down to the beach and headed in to town for dinner. Overall it was a nice little get away. The studio is really nice and cozy, it is located in a lovely part of Aptos very close to the ocean.
I enjoyed spending time there, and Liz responded really quick and with short notice. This place is absolutely perfect for a getaway from the world. It's across from a creek and literally 5 min at most to the beach. It's clean, well equipped and it felt like home. Cute, cozy comfortable studio with a super comfortable bed. Very close walk to the beach and area restaurants. In a 5 minute walk one can have fresh brewed coffee even tho it was provided at the studio at Flats that also has breakfast pastries and other goodies.
Really enjoyed Liz's place. Keyless entry, location and comfort are reasons we will go back if available. Laura's place was absolutely beautiful and a perfect stop for my family of three includes a 5 month old traveling through on our way to northern California. Laura showed us the amenities and stayed in quick contact with us if needed.
Her place is very comfortable and super quiet! The peacefulness of the patio deck and tree canopy was therapeutic for us. I'd definitely stay here again when visiting the area! She was a great communicator, met us as soon we arrived, and walked us through the space. I would definitely stay here again. The bathroom, as mentioned, is a bit small, but don't let it stop you from coming to the tree house in the redwoods.
What a slice of heaven! The house is nestled among the trees in a quiet rural neighborhood, with easy access to nearby beaches and restaurants. Laura was a very gracious hostess and was quick to help us with anything we needed. It was the perfect getaway from the craziness of city life! We definitely hope to come again. Great accommodations and host! Felt right at home. Cozy and quiet spot up in the trees but a short drive to beaches and parks!
This is a beautiful little Studio and you really do feel like you're in a treehouse. Laura was a great communicator she is a wonderful host. The unit is beautifully decorated and the deck outside is a perfect place to sit and have a great cup of coffee out of the little Keurig machine that she provides. This is definitely on our must return places list. Laura is a wonderful host and her studio in the trees is so refreshing and simple.
Stay there if you can! We had a wonderful time at the treehouse. The location and setting were perfect for us. Laura was very kind and had thought of so many extra details including a bottle of bubbly to celebrate our honeymoon!
This was exactly what I needed for my casual one-night stay in Santa Cruz. Conveniently located close to the beach, clean, and safe feeling. The hosts were quick to respond to texts and I would recommend this option.
Even though we did not manage to meet Erin and Jeremy in person, they were great hosts and their room was immaculately clean and tidy. They communicated well and were nice enough to grant us a late checkout as we arrived rather late at night and appreciated the extra time to sleep in. Close to a lot of the stuff we wanted to do, easy to find, and lovely space! You get more for an amazing price and from amazing host! Definitely would stay here again!
Jeremy and Erin are very hospitable and kind. Thanks for sharing your home! This room was perfect for a relaxing place to stay for the night—wish I had longer! Cute, comfortable, close to areas of interest. Toni's house was perfect for us! It was a 20 minute walk to both the bus station and the beach, making it a perfect location for us! Toni was very accommodating and even let us drop off our things before check in so we could go to the boardwalk! It was so nice!
I would love to stay there again! Tom's apartment was perfect for our stay in Santa Cruz for our friend's wedding. Everything was as described and communication with Toni was easy and prompt.
We really enjoyed the little suite and would definitely recommend it. We hope to stay again next time we are in the area. It's a very nice, comfortable and clean studio in a quiet neighbourhood. I very much enjoyed staying and everything was very well taken care of! Great location, within easy walking distance to restaurants and the park. The beach is walkable too.
Check in was smooth with detailed instructions and directions sent by superhost Toni in advance of our arrival. During our stay TV played Netflix which was useful to keep little one entertained when needed. Toni's place is a great place to stay if you're visiting Santa Cruz.
It is clean, centrally-located and Toni provides wonderful homemade goods! Thanks again for a great stay! Toni's place was lovely and apart from a number of homely touches, features a wonderfully comfortable king bed.
The space is located within easy reach of downtown Santa Cruz and its wonderful beaches. There are also a number of restaurants within walking distance. Gianni greeted us upon arrival and was very kind and showed us the room and told us some fun things to do in the area. The bed is definitely the most comfiest bed I have ever slept in my entire life.
Amazing deal on a phenomenal room. A lovely space, great location and gracious host. I will stay here whenever I am in Santa Cruz. He played the piano for us - you should definitely convince him to do that when you're there he's SO good! Clean, comfy, great location. Gianni greeted us with lots of hospitality and wonderful suggestions.
We had a fabulous time and already planning our next trip to the beach and will stay again. Sundeep was quick with his responses, helpful and friendly. His home is set up so you can go and relax. I loved the details there that made it even more comfortable. Thank you for your hospitality and we look forward to our next trip.
Wonderful view of this house. We 2 couples with 1 kid really enjoy the 2. Sundeep almost perfect,except the shower water so tiny. Anyway,it is a very good choice for sure. It's a beautiful house, well positioned with a gorgeous view of the beach, and restaurants and shops are just a short hop away. Daisy basset hound loved the beach. It was quiet, beautiful, and sunset was breathtaking. We had a terrific stay here -- the place was exactly as described, clean, airy, and the views were just amazing.
Sundeep was a great host and very responsive. The water pressure in the master bath shower was low, though, and the couches are starting to show signs of wear. Had a wonderful time. House was fully equipment with everything you need Host was very responsive I would highly recommend will be returning again soon. If your looking for a relaxing gateway along the Santa Cruz coast, look no further. This place has a million dollar view of the bay and is walking distance to beach access Rio del Mar Beach is just a few hundred yards away and a few different cafes.
Quiet location with awesome deck. My wife and I utilized the deck every morning to drink our cup of joe and do some leisurely reading. There is also a one mile trail that connects Rio Del Mar beach to Seascape beach. Fabolous trail for morning jogs or afternoon strolls.
Would highly recommend this place for couples or family use. Sundeep' place is just at walking distance from the entrance of the wonderful Aptos beach, where you also find a grocery store and several restaurants.
You can park your car and forget it, if you want. It's also just 15' away from Santa Cruz and its famous Boardwalk packed with family fun.
We also visited Monterey less than one hour away and drove the scenic miles drive to Carmel-del-Mar that has another great beach! Although being so close to several attractions, this apartment is in a very peaceful location, you only hear the soothing sound of the Ocean when you sit on the open balcony.
Sundeep and Rama have been wonderful hosts and we found everything we needed for a very pleasant stay. Five stars for us! Arriving to this little gem was great! Everything was more than we expected, can't wait to come back again hopefully in the summer to enjoy the beach! Lisa was great with everything making sure we found everything okay. She even let us park in her driveway which was awesome since we were hauling our jeep on a flat bed, plus our big truck.
By far one our best stay away experiences. Thank you for everything Lisa. Everything about this listing was accurate, and it was even more beautiful in person! Great location and very homey. I had everything I needed and more. Would definitely stay here again in the future!
Lisa made us feel very welcome. She was also super helpful with letting us know the ins and outs of Aptos, as well as having extra beach supplies handy!
Imagine having the chance to furnish and design your own little getaway with every need and want. That is exactly how this sweet beach hideaway can be described. There was never a moment during our stay when we thought that we needed anything other than what was provided.
They truly thought of everything. Our hosts were so kind and welcoming to me, my mom and my two young daughters. Lisa gave us a quick tour of the place and then allowed us to unpack and get settled. The location is very nice - a short walk downhill to the beach, or a short drive to Capitola or Santa Cruz or even Monterey if you wish.
We were so pleased with our stay it was difficult to leave. We hope to stay there again. Thank you for sharing this special space with us. Lisa is exactly the type of host that encompasses the Airbnb concept. While she could most likely rent this place out for much more per night, and certainly get a higher monthly rate; she serves the community well by allowing travelers and others in the Airbnb network to come enjoy the beautiful home they've put together in hopes of receiving similar treatment from others in return!
Thank you Lisa for this exemplary offering. The apartment was described and very clean. Perfect for what we wanted. Lisa was a great host and couldn't do enough for us. She was very accommodating of us. The apartment has everything you could need for cooking etc. We had a wonderful stay.
Lisa's home was simply amazing. Should I ever have the chance to live somewhere quite as nice, I would count myself incredibly lucky! The in-law unit we stayed in was perfect for a weekend getaway for two, providing an comfortable amount of room while maintaining a very cozy and intimate atmosphere.
The rental space is filled with small touches that make the space feel lived in, far from the sterile experience most hotels provide. I highly recommend this listing! Lisa checked in with us immediately after our arrival to see if we settled in ok and was very responsive to all the questions we had about the area! Her directions and her suggestions for places were spot on! The apartment was more than what we could ask for, absolutely beautiful, clean and in the perfect location!
The apartment was equipt with everything we needed which made our stay so much more enjoyable! It was a very cozy place and it was exactly what we were looking for!
Thank you so much for allowing us into Your home, because of you we were able to enjoy and fall in love with Santa Cruz! When we come back to visit we will definitely come back and book with you!! This place is so special. It has amazing energy. You can tell that Linda loves hosting and puts a lot of her own energy into making everything just right.
I could not believe all the fantastic snacks and amenities provided. We could not have had a better time! My daughter was traveling throughout California and it was wonderful to use airbnb and their host Leslie to know my daughter and friend were safe and had a great unique place to stay.
Our stay at Linda's was perfect! Everything you need- beach in walking distance, hot tub, stocked fridge and awesome hostess! I have yet to hear any bad feedback on airbnb hosts but Linda would still be hard to beat. She was more than accommodating.
She had us stocked with snacks, drinks and even had a bottle of champagne waiting for us. It was extremely clean, the bed was really comfortable and the outdoor space was a dream. It's in a very secluded spot but still close to anything you could want to do.
Linda was also very helpful with suggestions of places to eat, wineries to visit and even offered to give us a ride if we needed one. If you are looking for some peaceful relaxation but still want the option to get out and do stuff, this is definitely a great choice!
Linda was an amazing host! A friend and I wanted to get away from the city and chose Linda's wonderful place to spend our time! We loved every single minute of it! In fact, we spent the whole day there. She had a bunch of activities to choose from and our favorite, the jacuzzi and dry sauna!
Everything was clean and organized and she offered a bunch of things for us to use. Fridge stocked with goodies, we almost ate everything! Also, her two cats are so amazingly friendly, we loved them too! The Ohana was the icing on the cake to our amazing California adventure!
We started in San Francisco and rented a car to drive Hwy 1 to Big Sur with many stops along the way and then stayed in Aptos on our way back. Upon arrival, which was hours earlier than we stated, we were warmly welcomed by Linda and Kevin. They were both very kind, down to earth, and fun and easy to talk to. I told my husband they felt like Fairy God Parents! They both went above and beyond in every aspect - we were spoiled rotten - and they made sure our quick, one-night stay was perfect.
Just really really good people! The place itself is stunning - the cool layout and decor, the gorgeous botanicals all around My only regret is only staying for one night! I keep telling everyone this trip felt like a really good dream that you wake up from and wish it all happened in real life. This happened in real life and I'll never forget it! If you have the chance to stay here, don't pass it up. Thank you so much Linda and Kevin! We'll be back again friends! Linda and Kevin were amazing, kind, and communicative hosts!
They had the outside fire pit made up and ready for us. The hot tub and the BBQ were an outstanding addition. The outside shower was very peaceful and clean. Hope to go back very soon. We had a wonderful experience at Linda's place.
The room was nice and cozy and she even added some special treats since we were celebrating a bday. The hotub, shower and sauana were amazing. Linda was a great host and I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a unique place near Santa Cruz! This was my second stay at Chuck's and I am as charmed by the place as I was the first time. Except that crawling into bed is a literal crawl, the place is spacious, attractive, well appointed and well equipped.
This place is magical! We felt as though we were transported to a miniature Italian Villa, complete with a view of a beautiful courtyard, a sparkling fountain and an impeccably kept garden. We spent time on the sunny deck and enjoyed the comfy and sweetly appointed decor.
We brought our little dog Jack along and entertained my son and his girlfriend with all the pretty dishes, table clothes and napkins. The kitchen had everything we needed to make a beautiful meal. The gorgeous beach and harbor are an easy walk away, and there are restaurants and a great local coffee bar just around the corner.
It is truly special. We hope to come back soon! Cannot say enough nice things about this apartment. It's spacious, adorable, peaceful and in a great location. From the bedroom alone you can hear the fountain, waves crashing, birds chirping, and sea Website hidden by Airbnb Chuck was extremely communicative and helpful, and understanding when the dates of my trip changed at the last minute.
Another few days and this place might have converted a New Yorker into a Santa Cruz girl: This listing is an amazing find. My girlfriend and I stayed for an extended weekend and loved it. The property is private and peaceful, walking distance to a lot, and Chuck, the host, was very friendly and accommodating.
I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a relaxing setting to unwind. Chuck was prompt in all correspondence. Place was very charming and comfortable, amenities more than adequate; many details show hospitality and thoughtfulness of host.
Santa Cruz has become one of my favorite places to unwind, but this is my first time staying in Seabright. When we arrived there was a bottle of wine on the table and a little welcome note, along with a booklet of nearby spots—wineries, pubs, places to grab dinner. The thing that makes this place really special is the Spanish-style patio. My partner and I spent hours out there, just soaking up the sun and drinking our morning coffee.
The apartment felt big and spacious, the bed was comfy and the terrace a sun trap. Chuck was super communicative throughout, and a lovely warm host. Having a visit from Opie the cat was a particular highlight for my partner I preferred meeting Sheila the dog! What a fantastic place!
The studio was perfect and had everything I needed. The location was good and only a 15 minute walk to the boardwalk or beach and everything is easily reachable by public transport. Georgia made check in extremely easy and gave me my privacy but was always quick to respond to a message if needed. Can't recommend it enough. We really enjoyed our stay.
Everything went smoothly, the place is comfortable and in a good location. I would recommend staying here, and if I make it back to Santa Cruz I would stay here again. We loved our stay at your place, we immediately felt cozy! Neighborhood was surprisingly quiet and woke up feeling rested. We love to walk and walked about 15 miles just sightseeing in the 3 days we were there. We had an amazing time. It was cozy and clean. The Bungalo was perfect for our quick weekend getaway. Must like dogs to stay here!
Very, very gracious and accommodating hosts - right down to the cream we take with our coffee. The space itself is beautifully and cheerfully decorated, perfect for a lovely beach town. I took my youngest daughter for a little girls' getaway, and this studio was perfect!!
Adorable and clean and very homey. There were some much-appreciated thoughtful goodies to eat for snacks and breakfast, some games, lots of books, and Natalia was helpful with suggestions for restaurants and activities. It was only a short easy drive to the beach and boardwalk, and not far from the Mystery Spot either. We had a fabulous visit and would stay again! Very cute and cozy airbnb!
This has to be the best airbnb I've ever stayed at! Clean, cute and a great value. I had so much fun in Santa Cruz thanks to the wonderful location! The house was as depicted in the posting, clean and cozy. There were great touches like age-appropriate toys for my kids, fresh flowers, and great snacks. The room was amazing!! My teenage boys loved the loft. I'll be staying with Natalia again when I go back out to visit my daughter. I highly recommend her little loft!!
Jaime de Angulo, who first arrived in Big Sur in , wrote: But my coast is gone, you see. It will be an altogether different affair. I don't know what to think of it, on the whole. My first reaction of course was one of intense sorrow and horror. My Coast had been defiled and raped. The spirits would depart. And as I travelled with Mr.
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn was opened in The region's economy and population growth was driven by a change to a tourist-oriented economy and the construction of permanent and summer homes. Many visitor facilities were constructed. The agricultural and industrial economy was quickly supplanted by a tourism-oriented economy. The route was incorporated into the state highway system and re-designated as Highway 1 in In , the state legislature limited the road along the Big Sur coast to two lanes.
Highway 1 has been at capacity for many years. As early as , the U. Forest Service noted in its environmental impact statement, "Highway 1 has reached its design capacity during peak-use periods. The primary transportation objective of the Big Sur Coastal Land Use plan is to maintain Highway 1 as a scenic two-lane road and to reserve most remaining capacity for the priority uses of the act.
Due to the extreme slopes and condition of the rock, the California Department of Transportation has had to make many repairs to the road. Highway 1 has been closed on more than 55 occasions due to damage from landslides , mudslides, erosion, and fire. At the Big Sur Maintenance Station, 8. Twenty-six bulldozers worked for 22 weeks to clear the highway. Highway 1 was closed for 14 months.
One individual was killed while repairing the road. In , Skinner Pierce died while clearing the slide near Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park when the bulldozer he was operating fell down the slide into the ocean.
His body was never recovered. During the summer of , the road was closed on several occasions due to the Soberanes Fire. During the following winter, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park received more than 60 inches of rain,  and in early February , several mudslides blocked the road in more than half a dozen locations. CalTrans immediately closed the highway and announced the next day that the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was damaged beyond repair and would have to be replaced.
The new roadway was designed without support piers. For about two weeks supplies and residents were ferried in and out by helicopter. On May 20, the largest slide in the highway's history at Mud Creek blocked the road 1 mile 1. The slide was national and worldwide news. The Santa Lucia Mountains are characterized by extremely steep slopes, all associated with watersheds flowing directly or indirectly into the Pacific Ocean.
The range is of recent tectonic origin, and is rugged, steep and dissected by deep stream canyons. The general trend of the range is northwest-southeast, paralleling the numerous faults that transect the area. The topography is complex, however, reflecting active uplift and deformation, a variety of lithological types, rapidly incising stream networks and highly unstable slopes.
The Franciscan complex is composed of greywacke sandstone and greenstone , with serpentinite bodies and other Ultramafic rocks present. Small areas of marble and limestone lenses form resistant outcrops that are prominent landscape features, often white to light gray in color.
The Salinian block is made up of highly fractured, and deeply weathered meta-sediments, especially biotite schist and gneiss , intruded by plutonic granitic rocks such as quartz diorite and granodiorite. Both formations have been disrupted and tectonically slivered by motion on the San Andreas and associated fault systems.
The Palo Colorado and Church Creek faults are prominent features influencing the linear northwest-southeast alignment of primary drainages. Stream canyons frequently follow the north-westerly trending fault lines, rather than descending directly to the coast. The Salinian block is immediately south of the Monterey Submarine Canyon , one of the largest submarine canyon systems in the world, which is believed to have been an ancient outlet for the Colorado River.
The falls were formed when the softer sandstone was worn away. The land is mostly steep, rocky, semi-arid except for the narrow canyons, and inaccessible. About 50 streams flow out of the mountains into the sea. Along with much of the central and northern California coast, Big Sur frequently has dense fog in summer. The summer fog and summer drought have the same underlying cause: The high pressure cell inhibits rainfall and generates northwesterly air flow.
These prevailing summer winds from the northwest drive the ocean surface water slightly offshore through the Ekman effect which generates an upwelling of colder sub surface water. The water vapor in the air contacting this cold water condenses into fog. Fog is an essential summer water source for many Big Sur coastal plants. While few plants can take water directly out of the air, water condensation on leaf surfaces slowly precipitates into the ground like rain.
Fire plays a key role in the ecology of the upper slopes of the Big Sur region's mountains where chaparral dominates the landscape. Since the late s, there have been a number of very large fires in the Big Sur area.
In , a fire burned for weeks through the upper watersheds of all of the major streams in the Big Sur region. Another large fire in burned without any effort by the few local residents to put it out, except to save their buildings.
Forest Service began managing the land in In recent history, the area was struck by the Molera Fire in , which resulted in flooding and mud flows in the Big Sur River valley that buried portions of several buildings the following winter.
The Basin Complex Fire forced an eight-day evacuation of Big Sur and the closure of Highway 1, beginning just before the July 4, holiday weekend. In the lower elevations and canyons, the California Redwood is often found. Its thick bark, along with foliage that starts high above the ground, protect the species from both fire and insect damage, contributing to the coast redwood's longevity.
A study compared post-wildfire survival and regeneration of redwood and associated species. It concluded that fires of all severity increase the relative abundance of redwood and higher-severity fires provide the greatest benefit. The July Soberanes Fire was caused by unknown individuals who started and lost control of an illegal campfire in the Garrapata Creek watershed.
After it burned 57 homes in the Garrapata and Palo Colorado Canyon areas, fire fighters were able to build lines around parts of the Big Sur community. A bulldozer operator was killed when his equipment overturned during night operations in Palo Colorado Canyon. Coast residents east of Highway 1 were required to evacuate for short periods, and Highway 1 was shut down at intervals over several days to allow firefighters to conduct backfire operations.
Visitors avoided the area and tourism revenue was impacted for several weeks. Big Sur typically enjoys a mild climate year-round, with a sunny, dry summer and fall, and a cool, wet winter.
Coastal temperatures range from the 50s at night to the 70s by day Fahrenheit from June through October, and in the 40s to 60s from November through May. Farther inland, away from the ocean's moderating influence, temperatures are much more variable. The weather varies widely due to the influence of the jagged topography , creating many microclimates. During the winter, Big Sur experiences some of the heaviest rainfall in California.
The summer is generally dry. Scientists estimate that about 90 in. But actual totals vary considerably. The wettest winter season was —, when it rained more than in. The wettest calendar year on record was , when it rained The month with the greatest rain fall total was January it rained a record In —, it rained only 15 in. The many climates of Big Sur result in a great biodiversity, including many rare and endangered species such as the wild orchid Piperia yadonii , which is found only on the Monterey Peninsula and on Rocky Ridge in the Los Padres forest.
Arid, dusty chaparral -covered hills exist within easy walking distance of lush riparian woodland. Fort Hunter-Liggett is host to about one-fourth of all Tule elk found in California, and provides roosting places for bald eagles and endangered condors. It also is home to some of the healthiest stands of live valley and blue oaks.
The high coastal mountains trap moisture from the clouds: They are found near the ocean in canyon bottoms or in inland canyons alongside creeks and in other areas that meet its requirements for cooler temperatures and moisture.
The redwood trees in Big Sur are the remnant of much larger groves. Many old-growth trees were cut by the Ventana Power Company which operated a sawmill near present-day Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park from the late s through , when its operations were bankrupted by the San Francisco earthquake. When John and Florence Pfeiffer opened Pffeifer's Ranch Resort in , they built guest cabins from lumber cut using the mill.
The mill was resurrected when Highway 1 was constructed during the s. It supplied lumber for housing built for workers. While many trees were harvested, a number of inaccessible locations were never logged. A large grove of trees are found along the north fork of the Little Sur River. In , scientist J. Michael Fay published a map of the old growth redwoods based on his transect of the entire redwood range. It is just north of the Salmon Creek trailhead. A common "foreign" species is the Monterey pine Pinus radiata , which was uncommon in Big Sur until the late nineteenth century, though its major native habitat is only a few miles upwind on the Monterey Peninsula, when many homeowners began to plant the quick-growing tree as a windbreak.
There are many broadleaved trees as well, such as the tanoak Lithocarpus densiflorus , coast live oak Quercus agrifolia , and California bay laurel Umbellularia californica.
In the rain shadow , the forests disappear and the vegetation becomes open oak woodland, then transitions into the more familiar fire-tolerant California chaparral scrub. The Big Sur River watershed provides habitat for mountain lion , deer, fox, coyotes and non-native wild boars. The region was historically populated by grizzly bears. During the Spanish period of California history, the Spaniards rarely entered the area, except to capture runaway Mission Indians or to hunt grizzly bears that ate their livestock.
The Mexican settlers captured bears for Monterey's bear and bull fights, and they also sold their skins for 6 to 10 pesos to trading ships that visited Monterey.
Bear Trap Canyon near Bixby Creek was one of their favorite sites for trapping grizzly bears. European settlers paid bounties on the bears who regularly preyed on livestock until the early 20th century. Since about , American black bears have been sighted in the area, likely expanding their range from southern California and filling in the ecological niche left when the grizzly bear was exterminated. The California Department of Fish and Game says the Little Sur River is the "most important spawning stream for Steelhead " distinct population segment on the Central Coast, where the fish is listed as threatened.
A US fisheries service report estimates that the number of trout in the entire south-central coast area—including the Pajaro River , Salinas River , Carmel River , Big Sur River, and Little Sur River—have dwindled from about 4, fish in to about in Numerous fauna are found in the Big Sur region. Among amphibians the California giant salamander Dicamptodon ensatus is found here, which point marks the southern extent of its range.
The California condor Gymnogyps californianus is a critically endangered species that was near extinction when the remaining wild birds were captured. A captive breeding program was begun in The Ventana Wildlife Society acquired 80 acres near Anderson Canyon that it used for a captive breeding program. The birds take six years to mature before they can produce offspring, and a nest was discovered in a redwood tree in As of July [update] , the Ventana Wildlife Society managed 34 free-flying condors.
Within that sanctuary are other conservation areas and parks. The onshore topography that drops abruptly into the Pacific continues offshore where a narrow continental shelf drops to the continental slope in only a few miles. Two deep submarine canyons cut into the shelf near the Big Sur coast: Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems. Big Sur is sparsely populated. There are about 1, to 2, year-round residents, about the same number of residents found there in The mountainous terrain, restrictions imposed by the Big Sur Coastal Use Plan,  limited availability of property than can be developed, and the expense required to build on available land have kept Big Sur relatively undeveloped.
According to the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, about half the businesses derive their income from the hospitality industry, and they in turn produce about 90 percent of the local economy. Because most of Big Sur is contained roughly within this ZIP Code Tabulation Area, it is possible to obtain census data for most of the region, even though data for a community named "Big Sur" does not exist.
As of [update] , there were about households in the Palo Colorado Canyon area. The racial makeup of this area was Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9. In the ZCTA, the population age was widely distributed, with The median age was The area's increasing popularity and incredible beauty has attracted the attention of movie and television personalities for many years. Orson Welles and his wife at the time, Rita Hayworth , bought a Big Sur cabin on an impulse during a trip down the coast in They never spent a single night there, and the property is now the location of a popular restaurant, Nepenthe.
As of [update] , 19 movies had been filmed in the Big Sur region, beginning with Suspicion in Richard Brautigan refers to Miller in his book A Confederate General at Big Sur , in which a pair of young men attempt the idyllic Big Sur life in small shacks and are variously plagued by flies, low ceilings, visiting businessmen with nervous breakdowns and 2, tiny frogs whose loud singing keeps everyone awake. In the posthumously published book Stones of the Sur , Carmel landscape photographer Morley Baer combined his classical black-and-white photographs of Big Sur with some of Jeffers' poetry.
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Just wanted to say a big tahnk you from the Tanner Family! Hi Michael, Thanks so much for taking the time to write about your Route 66 road trip, and glad you found our Route 66 itinerary and guide helpful during your family vacation!
Yes, doing local activities and connecting with guides is always a great way to get more out of a trip — we love doing walking tours in larger cities and passes can definitely help save money in cities where you are doing a lot of sightseeing and attractions! These are some really great thoughts and info on Route 66… thank you very much for giving us such good information, its help people.
I have been looking for your article for long time ago and finally found what I need here. I live in Chicago and appreciate your efforts! Hi Joe, Glad you found our article helpful on planning a Route 66 itinerary. Living in Chicago, you are definitely in the right spot to make this iconic drive! Jessica and Laurence, I am currently reading your article, but have a question. Have you done this in November? If you have any advice for an altered route, I sure would appreciate it.
Now, back to the article! Thanks so much, Sandy. The Grand Canyon is a great detour and in the post we give you the 2 cities in Arizona which are best to detour from Route 66 from Flagstaff or Williams and you can decide which best fits your itinerary. You can do it by car or you can also take a train ride if you only want to go for the day.
Depending on time and where you live in NC, you may want to head east from St. Lots of great potential stops! Hope this helps, and wishing you a great Route 66 trip — do let me know if you have any questions about the route as you plan your trip!
Route 66 has it all — the sea, Forest, Mountains and great view. Hi Katrin, Well, hopefully you have another chance to drive Route 66 and can use the itinerary next time!! Your Route 66 article is very impressive for me and maybe for everyone, so detailed and helpful! This gave so many good ideas for a road trip. I have never thought about doing something like this even though I live in Chicago! Hi William, Thanks very much for the kinds words and glad it has been helpful in inspiring you to do a road trip along Route 66!
My wife and I will be driving from Chicago to Van Buren, AR, and the first 5 days of your itinerary line up perfectly with our trip! We have a goal to get out and do some exercise each day before enjoying all the good food options.
For instance just along the first few days of the itinerary are a number of possibilities: The Ozarks, not too far from Route 66 and on your way, are definitely a great place for scenic hiking opportunities.
You Route 66 itinerary guide with your suggestions, places to stay and where one could dine was very helpful during my Route 66 trip that I just completed. Thank you for taking the time to put all this together and adding it to your website. How was your trip along Route 66, any highlights or things that really stood out? Tucumcari and Williams stood out for me. Really makes you feel you have stepped back in time with all the Neon signs and shops like it was back in the days gone by.
Thanks for having this as a detour suggestion. Thank you for taking the time to do this. This must have been a labor of love because it had to be a lot of work. I want to let you know how much I appreciate all the restaurant options.
These sound like real American diners. Gotta talk hubby into doing this. Hi Barbara, Thanks for taking the time to comment. You can definitely find some authentic old-time diners along the route as well as newer ones that look vintage and we try to highlight them in our Dining and Lodging section. If you do decide to do it and need any recs, just give us a shout!
Hi Jim, Glad to hear that you are planning a Route 66 road trip, just let us know if you have any questions as you plan your trip. Hi Kirstien, So happy you are enjoying our Route 66 itinerary. I love paper and writing in the margins too so I understand! Unfortunately there is no easy way to print it, and if you do, it is about pages long! We have thought about creating a downloadable ebook so that might be something we spend some time on in the future.
You can then add any notes from this article that you wish to add into those books. If you enjoy photography we also have a Route 66 photo essay series. Feel free to reach out if you have more questions as you plan your trip, wishing you and your boyfriend a wonderful Route 66 road trip!
What a wonderful American Road-trip this is actually…i just heard about Route 66 but i just now know a lot of information about this road trip. This blog is so informative and very detailed nice blog, keep posting! Hi Jacqueline, So glad that this post introduced you to Route 66 and yes it is really the ultimate American road trip!
Feel free to follow-up if you decide to drive Rte 66 and we are happy to help you if you plan a Route 66 road trip! Hi, Your Route 66 diary is amazing and very helpful. We have just booked our flights for our honeymoon next May and we intend to start at Chigago and complete the route. Sure, happy to help and just let us know as you have questions as you plan your Route 66 road trip honeymoon!
So that would not work for you. There are a lot of major rental car companies in the United States that have offices in both Chicago and LA and allow 1-way rentals: We have found that Enterprise often has the best rates for one way rentals, especially since they have more offices outside of airports airport rentals are often a bit more expensive. Enterprise will also drop you off or pick you up which we often find helpful. But we just booked a U. We often start with a comparison on Priceline for rental cars to start.
Now, if you book on Priceline, it may not include the 1-way fee but the company will then send in the total amount with the one-way fee added and you can choose to accept or cancel the booking from there. This will at least give you a good sense of prices for your dates and which companies to check out further. Yes, driving in LA is not recommended as the roads can be really congested and it will save you money in rental fees to drop it off early. Depending on where you want to go in LA, you can get around the city easily by some combination of public bus, taxi, sightseeing bus, walking, and metro.
Hi Lynsey, Sure, just reach out as you have questions in planning your Route 66 trip! Of course we were in Iceland during a large part of it Iceland is getting the opposite, having the worst summer weather in years…!
Would like to know besides RV any motorcycle group tours you can recommend. Both offer motorcycle rentals as well as private guided and group motorcycle tours. You might also want to check to see if there are motorcycle clubs in your own country that help organize international visits for groups of like-minded bikers.
We have met many Europeans on Route 66 that are traveling as an organized group from their home country e. If you decide to plan a Route 66 trip on your own and rent a bike, you might want to check out this book. Wow — this post is chock full of information.
So glad to see this, as I just heard that Route 66 was placed on a list of historic places in the USA that are at risk of disappearing. There is so much wonderful Americana along this route, and I hope people will read this post and go visit. We need to keep our local vendors and sites alive.
Hi Seana, Yes, it is true that Route 66, or at least parts of it, are definitely considered to be at risk. State and national agencies including the National Parks Service have been providing funding to help protect the historic road but only time will tell if it continues to be a preserved. You are very right in that travelers need to support the local vendors. Part of keeping the route alive will depend on whether travelers keep choosing to support the local small businesses staying at the historic motels, eating at the diners, visiting the paid attractions, donating to free sites, purchasing local crafts and souvenirs.
Many Route 66 businesses operate on a very thin margin. We love driving Route 66 and are actually heading back to drive a section with some family in the autumn while in the U.
Do you have any information on renting camper vans? Hi Barry, So glad you are finding our Route 66 itinerary helpful. We used a company that is only located on the West Coast as we started and ended in California.
Hope you find our information helpful as you plan your road trip, and just let us know if you have any questions as you get further along with your plans. English translation by Google translate: One of my big dreams is to travel to the United States and travel Route 66, I have reviewed many websites looking for information about this trip and none was as good as yours. I congratulate you very much, keep doing more blog like that, I love reading them.
Hi Ricardo, Thanks so much for leaving us a comment and I have translated it into English so others can read it as well , and for following our blogs. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed our Route 66 itinerary and I hope it will come in handy one day when you have the chance to drive Route 66 yourself. Feel free to reach out once you are planning your trip with any questions. We did a part of Route 66 a few years back. We went to the Route 66 museum, ate at some of the Mom and Pop restaurants along the way and stayed at the Wigwam Hotel.
I truly enjoyed it and would love to do more. Great tips and great Route 66 itinerary! Hi Jill, Thanks, glad you enjoyed our Route 66 itinerary and it sounds like it brought back some good memories from when you drove a section. I hope you get a chance to see more of the Mother Road in the future!
Hi Amanda, Thanks, and I hope you get a chance to return to drive more of Route 66 in the future! I have been to some of the cities on Route 66 but I have not done the road trip — maybe one day. This is such a great resource to plan a Route 66 road trip. I like how you made it so that you only have to drive for a few hours each day.
Hi Anisa, Yes, it does mean you need to have some time but you can also drive it in sections if you have less time. We would not really recommend people spend more than 4 or 5 hours a day just driving as most people want to have time to get out of the car and actually wander around and visit places.
Hi Emily, Hope you get a chance to drive Route 66 soon, and do let us know if you have any questions once you get to the planning stage! We have a Campervan in the UK and love getting out and about, this would be our dream to do this route This is such a extensive guide full of useful information, have pinned for future reference!
There are campsites and RV parks along most of the route so easy to do it with a campervan and there are a few companies that rent one-way rentals in the USA that you can pick up in Chicago or LA and return in LA or Chicago.
If you decide to do it, feel free to reach out if you have any questions! I seriously think you have outdone yourself with this intense itinerary!
I honestly learned so much! And to be honest, I never knew where the entire Route 66 led because I never bothered to look and have never driven it! I would definitely love to drive the entire length though as we love to road trip! Hi Lolo, Yes, this Route 66 itinerary took me forever to put together!!
But I wanted to write something that would be really helpful as we have a Rte 66 planning guide but people keep asking us for an itinerary and very specific places to visit. Its definitely a long and epic road trip, and I would say a lot of the people doing the full Route 66 route faithfully like we were doing were Europeans many on motorcycles or retired Americans so yes, time is definitely an issue. This itinerary is insanely good! I love road trips but I have never done a long one.
With respect to Route 66, I have only done a small portion in Arizona. The interesting thing about your itinerary is that I know very little about the places you mentioned in California. I need to start by visiting those.
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