Big Sur California is a unique location that specifically has no boundaries. Big Sur would be 90 miles of coastline between the Carmel River and the San Carpoforo Creek, and extending approximately 20 miles inland to the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucia’s. The northern tip of Big Sur California is approximately 120 miles south of San Francisco, and the southern tip is about 245 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
It is not surprising the economy is almost completely based on tourism with the majestic views and key location to the Monterey Peninsula. Much of the land along the coast is privately owned or has been donated to the state park system, while the vast Los Padres National Forest and Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation encompass most of the inland areas. The mountainous terrain, environmentally conscious residents, and lack of property available for development have kept Big Sur almost unspoiled. It is difficult to generalize about the weather and therefore has many separate microclimates. This is one of the few places on Earth where redwoods grow within sight of cacti. Still, Big Sur typically enjoys a mild climate year-round, with a sunny, dry summer and fall, and a cool, wet winter. Coastal temperatures vary little during the year, ranging 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. Become familiar with Big Sur’s history by visiting Andrew Molera State Park, home to Big Sur’s oldest building, and that famous Point Sur Lighthouse.
There are fewer than 300 hotel rooms on the entire 90 mile stretch of Highway 1 between San Simeon and Carmel, only three gas stations, and no chain hotels, supermarkets, or fast-food outlets. The lodging options are rustic cabins, motels, campgrounds, and luxurious five-star resorts. Most lodging and restaurants are clustered in the Big Sur River valley, where Highway 1 leaves the coast for a few miles and winds into a redwood forest, protected from the chill ocean breezes and summer fog. Besides sightseeing from the highway, Big Sur offers hiking, mountain climbing, and other outdoor activities. There are a few small, scenic beaches that are popular for walking, but usually unsuitable for swimming because of unpredictable currents and frigid temperatures. Big Sur’s nine state parks have many points of interest, including one of the few waterfalls on the Pacific Coast that plunges directly into the ocean, located at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Another notable landmark is the only complete nineteenth century lighthouse complex open to the public in California.
The nine state parks along Highway Route State 1 are as follows:
Perched on the edge of the Big Sur coast line rest some of the exclusive properties of the area. These luxurious estates celebrate the joining of land and sea in an understated elegance taking advantage of the panoramic and some unparelleled ocean views. Big Sur homes offer front row seats to breathtaking sunsets, wildlife, nature, and an abundance of sea life at play. As you enjoy your views from this edge of the world you will revitalize your soul and calm your spirit.
Many locals who land in Big Sur thrive in an outdoor living environment enjoying the collide of man, nature and sea. Big Sur homes afford exclusivity, privacy, expansive terrain and no neighbor’s for miles. If you desire any of these characteristics in your upcoming home purchase then Big Sur is the place for you!
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