Big Sur is set in the midst of one of the world's most spectacular coastlines that stretches 90 miles between Carmel and San Simeon.
Big Sur is located along Scenic Highway One approximately 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. Historically, the name Big Sur was derived from that unexplored and unmapped wilderness area which lies along the coast south of Monterey. It was simply called elpaís grande del sur, the Big South Country.
Today, Big Sur refers to the 90 mile stretch of rugged and beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north and San Simeon to the south. Highway One winds along its length and is flanked on one side by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and on the other by the rocky Pacific Coast.
There is no downtown - only miles of staggeringly beautiful coastline, ocean cliffs, steep ridges, jagged peaks, deep gorges, flowing rivers and a population of approximately 1,000 residents.
27th February 2017 - After recent winter storms affecting the California Coast, Highway 1 in Monterey County has been closed until further notice from Palo Colorado (15 miles North of Big Sur) to Ragged Point, due to mudslides and structural damage to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Motorists are being advised to use an alternative route.