In order to have a full day to explore Big Sur, we decided to drive from San Francisco to Monterey and stay there for one night. Initially, we had our eyes set on Santa Cruz. But, after driving through the city, I was glad that we picked a hotel in the much quainter Pacific Grove south of Monterey.
Some things we saw on our way from San Francisco to Monterey
I had bookmarked so many places to see on our way to Monterey. Yet, as we had started with a slow morning in the Outer Sunset neighbourhood of San Francisco, we did not manage to see all of the spots. It was still a lovely day.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
The first stop we made on our way from San Francisco to Monterey was at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. I was not only intrigued because the state park carries the same name as our cat. It also promised us tide pools and seals. We came a bit late to enjoy the tide pools in their full glory as the tide was already coming in. We did see lots of seals on the shore and in the water, however. To stretch our legs, we went on a lovely walk along the Bluff and Cypress Trail.
Shark Fin Cove
We made another short halt at Shark Fin Cove, a little teaser of what we were to expect in Big Sur.
We reached Pacific Grove in the evening and checked into Centrella Inn, a cute little family-run hotel near Lovers Point. We were too late for the complimentary wine hour; But early enough for a short evening stroll along Ocean View Boulevard. Afterwards