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Monterey Bay Big Sur Helicopter Tour
"Board the helicopter at Monterey Regional Airport and slip on your headphones to hear the live onboard narration from your professional pilot who customizes your tour and offers informative commentary throughout your 60-minute flight.Your pilot takes you along an exciting 23-mile (37-km) route down California’s central coastline all the way to Big Sur. Snap photos of the expansive vist including the mountains of the Southern Coast Ranges and admire views of Carmel and Big Sur’s Santa Lucia Mountains that rise dramatically from the blue ocean. Look for whales and other marine mammals as you soak up the spectacular landscape below including the Bixby Creek Bridge possibly the most photographed bridge on the entire Pacific Coast Highway."
From $475.00
 
Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour
"The Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour will take you along California's Pacific Coast on your way to historic Monterey & picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea along with a drive through Pacific Grove in between. Monterey Bay has great geologic and b which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea tren California Highway 1 (fog permitting). After an optional stop in Santa Cruz a rest break and optional photo stops along the way you will set foot on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. If you bring your own lunch you might be able to squeeze in a short trip to the world famous Monterey Aquarium (admission not included). After lunch
From $140.00
 
Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour
"Meet at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel to begin your 3-hour walking tour of this lovely coastal town an artist’s colony that is a foodie’s delight. With your small group learn about Carmel’s history and architecture as you follow your knowledgeable guide through hidden passageways and tiny plazas even many locals don’t know about. Covering just over a mile and interspersed with frequent tasting breaks this well-paced tour is suitable for adults of all fitness levels. Visit local eateries and food shops to meet the owners and enjoy some gourmet tastings. Places you may visit include Anton & Michel Casanova Restaurant Terry's Lounge in the Historic Cypress Inn La Bicyclette
From $79.00

Most Viewed Warnings and Dangers in Big Sur

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Roads

My friend and i were driving north on rt 1 Pch by big sur when we discovered a visitor parking area. I put my turn signal on about a 100 yards befor i turned. Next thing you know. A suv passes me on...
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Highway 1

I drove to Muir Woods with my sister. I did not think I had a fear of heights but the curvy, crowded mountain road up the mountain is narrow and full of cyclists. It was very tense for me. Sooo, when...
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No camping off season!

Camping along the coast of California November through April may be inviting but beware. The weather is temperate, in the high 50's-70's with sun during the day but the temperature often dips below...
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not exactly prime dipping action

The Pacific is a cold body of water. Even in southern California, the temperatures are not exactly conducive to swimming without a wet suit. Once you get up to the Big Sur area, you won't see anyone...
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Private Property

Despite the fact that Big Sur's scenery is spectacular and definitely some of the best coastal scenery in the world, only small sections of the coast are protected in state parks and national forests....
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Poison Oak

Poison Oak is EVERYWHERE. So be extra careful if you unwisely go tramping through the unpathed woods. It is noted by a 3-leaf pattern (Without thorns). But is dangerous all year long, even when it...
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Mind the barbed wires

Numerous beaches are private and trepassing is forbiden. The barbed wires are there to remind that.It is a pity to waste the view with such things.
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Highway 1, PO Box 219, Big Sur, California, 93920, United States
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71895 Highway #1, Big Sur, California, 93920, United States
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Highway 1, Big Sur, California, 93920, United States
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Highway One, Big Sur, California, 93920, United States
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48865 Highway 1, Big Sur, California, 93920, United States
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47047 Hwy 1, Big Sur, California, 93920, United States
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Top Things to Do in Big Sur

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McWay Falls

The highlight of the state park is McWay falls. To enter and park there is a self pay honor system of $10.00. As I heard many people say while walking around this is a huge waste of money because...
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State Parks

Point Lobos is a great place to go to watch the migration of the Pacific Grey Whale. These marine mammals make the longest of all whale migrations, often traveling up to 14,000 miles to the lagoons of...
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Hearst Castle

For more than 3 months I hesitated in writing about Hearst Castle, so strong are the contradictory feelings about it. It surely is an impressive collection of marvels. No doubt, the architects tried...
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Pacific Coast Highway

We rented a car in Los Angeles and enjoyed driving along this twisting, cliff-hanging route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Designated an...
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Bixby Bridge

The Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete arch bridge in Big Sur, 120 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles south of Carmel on State Route 1. Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932,...
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Beaches

Walking along the bluffs is a great way to enjoy Big Sur and perhaps you find no better views but taking the extra time to get down onto a secluded beach is another fine reward. The paths down are...
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"MY 4th of July"
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"Big Sur: A Rare Gift"
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KimberlyAnn

"Big Sur, One of My Favorite Places"
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"It's the Journey, Not the Destination"
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"Big Sur"
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