Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur

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    Jade Cove

    by blueskyjohn Written Aug 11, 2012

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    In the very southern part of Big Sur is an area called Jade Cove. It is actually a cliff down tot a rocky beach area where jade can be found. Very interesting to see. It is a steep hike down and it does not too long to walk from the road.

    Parking is along side the road near a national forest sign for Jade Cove.

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    California State Route 1 (part two)

    by machomikemd Written May 17, 2012
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    Part Two of my California State Route 1 tips with more pictures

    California State Route 1 or simply known as Highway 1 is one of the most scenic Coastal Highway in the United States and the most spectacular part of this Highway is located along the Monterey Coast and the Big Sur Areas where you could see Rugged Peaks, Rugged Rocky Outcroppings along the Pacific Coasts, Surf Laden Big Waves at the many isolated Beaches along the route and several Points and wonderful architectural bridges. It Starts from Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and runs north to U.S. Highway 101 near Leggett in Mendocino County. Highway 1 enters the Big Sur region, crossing the San Carpoforo Creek just south of the Monterey County line. For about 90 miles (140 km) from the San Carpoforo Creek to the Carmel River, the road winds and hugs the cliffs of Big Sur, passing various coastal parks in the area. This segment of the highway, built between 1919 and 1937, also crosses several historic bridges, including the scenic Bixby Creek Bridge, a reinforced concrete arch with a 320-foot (98 m) span that passes over the Bixby Creek gorge, and the Rocky Creek Bridge.

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    California State Route 1 (part one)

    by machomikemd Updated May 17, 2012
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    Part One of my California State Route 1 tips

    California State Route 1 or simply known as Highway 1 is one of the most scenic Coastal Highway in the United States and the most spectacular part of this Highway is located along the Monterey Coast and the Big Sur Areas where you could see Rugged Peaks, Rugged Rocky Outcroppings along the Pacific Coasts, Surf Laden Big Waves at the many isolated Beaches along the route and several Points and wonderful architectural bridges. It Starts from Interstate 5 (I-5) near Dana Point in Orange County and runs north to U.S. Highway 101 near Leggett in Mendocino County. Highway 1 enters the Big Sur region, crossing the San Carpoforo Creek just south of the Monterey County line. For about 90 miles (140 km) from the San Carpoforo Creek to the Carmel River, the road winds and hugs the cliffs of Big Sur, passing various coastal parks in the area. This segment of the highway, built between 1919 and 1937, also crosses several historic bridges, including the scenic Bixby Creek Bridge, a reinforced concrete arch with a 320-foot (98 m) span that passes over the Bixby Creek gorge, and the Rocky Creek Bridge.

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    Go To Lucia

    by machomikemd Written May 15, 2012
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    Lucia is a Small Hamlet in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range at the Winding and Scenic Highway 1 and is bannered by a small lodge and restaurant where there are spectacular views of the pacific Ocean and they have a 10 room lodge for people who want to savor the view and have some privacy. While primarily a motel and lodge on the side of the road, this is a nice place to stop and rest for a while. You can stop in at gift and convenience store and pick up something to eat at the tables, or even stop in at the restaurant.

    address: 62400 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

    From the North:
    Big Sur Valley - 22 miles
    Monterey / Carmel - 48 miles
    San Jose / Silicon Valley - 110 miles
    San Francisco - 180 miles

    From the South:
    Hearst Castle - 38 miles
    Cambria - 50 miles
    Morro Bay - 70 miles
    San Luis Obispo - 85 miles
    Santa Barbara - 180 miles

    according to their website:

    Lucia Lodge is an historic cliff-side resort located in the heart of the Big Sur coast.

    The lodge was constructed on a secluded stretch of Coast Highway One in the 1930’s by the Harlan family, which settled the area in the latter half of the 19th century. Today Lucia Lodge is run by the 5th generation of the Harlan clan and enjoys the same level of peace and solitude prevalent from the beginning.

    Ten updated cabins and rooms, family style indoor/outdoor dining, and a quaint country store await you. A gift shop within the store carries arts & crafts from local artisans.

    Lucia Lodge is located adjacent to highway one in the village of Lucia, 50 miles south of Carmel, California, and 40 miles north of San Simeon / Cambria, California (home to Hearst Castle). You can make a reservation to stay in one the cliff-side cabins or ocean view rooms… stop in just for lunch or dinner, or visit the store/gift shop.

    Lucia lodge is famous for its close proximity to the ocean. No other Big Sur resort gets you this close to the sea. The lodge is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Big Sur coastline and the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains. The cabins are situated along a southwest facing cliff 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean which offers an unparalleled view of the Big Sur coast.

    There is a large deck adjoining the restaurant where you can take in a home-cooked meal and view the whales swimming along their migration path. Or, enjoy the ocean view from inside the historic restaurant while enjoying fireside dining.

    The location of Lucia is also a perfect launching point for exploring the rest of Big Sur. Check out the links on this site to familiarize yourself with the wildlife, locate great day hikes and nearby beaches, or find fun locations to visit… all within 10 minutes by foot, to an hour’s reach by car.

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    Ragged Point

    by machomikemd Written May 15, 2012
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    The Ragged Point is situated near the Pacific Coast Highway (or more popularly known as CA Highway One) and is located in the township of San Simeon, about 15 miles north of the famed Hearst Castle State Monument and is one of the wonderful views you can see along the scenic and rugged pacific coast highway and it even has an Inn where you can spend a night or two. so that you can do hiking and biking and walk along the beaches

    according to their website:

    Ragged Point is one of the small communities making up Big Sur. Ragged Point is comprised of a privately owned property where travelers are welcomed with gourmet dining, a gas station, hotel, wedding facility, hiking trail and outdoor cafe with an espresso bar. Towering high above the Pacific on a promontory with 400 foot sheer cliffs, Ragged Point offers one of the finest ocean vistas in the world, often called the "Million Dollar View". One of the few places on this coast with a trail down the face of a cliff, it also boasts the largest waterfall on the Big Sur coast.

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