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Things To Do

There are a multitude of things to do while you're in Big Sur. One of which is to simply "Do Nothing."

Sit by a stream and listen to the breeze drift through the redwoods. Lay on a beach and watch for whales and dolphins... your "do nothingness" is limited only by your imagination.

During winter the whole population of California Gray whales migrates twice past the central California coast. Once when going to the warm lagoons of Mexico to spawn and breed, and once again when returning to their feeding grounds in the frigid waters off the coast of Alaska.

During summer the coastal waters off of Big Sur are host to the largest mammals on earth, the Blue Whale. In addition, Humpback whales are sharing the waters as they enjoy the abundant krill. You can spot whales from most any point that you can see the ocean.

On land, enjoy our feathered friends the California Condors. Condors are commonly spotted soaring above the Big Sur Valley.

If your interests are geared a little more towards strenuous activities then there are several places where you can take a day hike. Local day hikes include long beach walks, traversing deep into a redwood tree lined canyon, or climbing high up on a ridge top to capture the breathtaking panoramic views of the Big Sur valley.

Restaurants and Cafes

  • Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant (831) 667-0520
  • The Roadhouse (831) 667-2264
  • Cafe Kevah at Nepenthe (831) 667-2344 
  • Nepenthe Restaurant (831) 667-2345
  • Village Pub (831) 667-2355 
  • River Inn (831) 667-2700
  • Ripplewood Cafe (831) 667-2242
  • Ventana's Cielo (831) 667-2331
  • Post Ranch Inn (831) 667-2200

Local Shopping

  • Garden Gallery (831) 667-2000
  • Heartbeat Gallery and Gift Shop
  • Henry Miller Memorial Library
  • Local Color
  • Phoenix Gallery