The fog and the clouds had followed us all the way from San Francisco to Big Sur and we might have missed out on the mesmerizing colors of the Pacific against the green hills, the white sand, and the reddish cliffs. But, our trip down this beautiful stretch of land was beautiful nonetheless.
We put on our fleece sweaters and anoraks and drove with the roof open most of the time, so we could really take in the surroundings. We made a few stops along the road and only arrived at our motel in San Simeon after dark.
I could easily have spent more time exploring Big Sur, going for hikes or visiting the hot springs of Esalen at night – but accommodations in the area are rare and expensive. Maybe one day we will afford that room at Ventana Big Sur. Until then, I have all those memories of a grey but splendid day by the coast.
Garrapata State Beach
Our first stop was at Garrapata State Beach, north of Big Sur. Big waves were crashing on the beach, on which a small creek meets the ocean.
Bixby Creek Bridge
The iconic Bixby Creek Bridge was the spot where we meet the most other people during all our trip down Big Sur. But, what can I say, the bridge does look great against the backdrop of the cliffs, so it’s no wonder it is one of Big Sur’s main attractions.
Lunch at Nepenthe
From Bixby Creek Bridge and a failed stop at Pfeiffer Beach, we went on to Nepenthe for lunch. We were seated at a beautiful table with a great view of the foggy hills – even the condiments seemed to enjoy the view, as pictured below. The food was decent and the apple pie we had for dessert was enormous and delicious.
To stretch our legs, we went on a little hike to Partington Cove, another beautiful spot in Big Sur. There is a little tunnel that leads to one side of the cove and on the other side, another creek runs right into the ocean.
All of our stops in Big Sur were beautiful, but maybe this one was the most amazing. The parking lot closest to McWay Falls and the little path that leads to a viewing point where closed. But we managed to park a little further down the road and only had to walk back a few metres to see this magical sight.
It was already getting dark when we eventually reached Jade Cove. So, we did not hike down to the beach, where – with a little luck – you can find real jade. But we spotted some surfers waiting for the waves, and it was an excellent ending to our day in Big Sur.