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You might enjoy doing absolutely nothing or relax by reading a book or painting the landscape but there are plenty of more exciting things to do and see if that’s what you want. Personally I like to take along some art supplies and paint or do some writing, I get pleasure from sightseeing and photography.

When I take a Big Sur Vacation I usually incorporate an overnight stay in Carmel or San Simeon But it's your on this page are some ideas for places to stay in Big Sur and some should find something's here that will pleasure you to do on your vacation or at least stimulate your imagination.

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Stuff you can do and things you may want to see while vacationing Big Sur...

  • Beach Combing, Tidepooling and Kite Flying - It’s fun to walk the edge of the surf and discover what small treasures the sea has cast your way and when the tide is low you can explore the living miniature world of the tidepool and as it often does should the wind blow you should keep a kite handy… READ MORE

  • Bird Watching and Condor Spotting - From the tiny hummingbirds to the giant condors, throw in the raptors and all the shorebirds and you have a bird watchers heaven… READ MORE

  • Dining - You don’t have to eat out in Big Sur you can picnic or pass through to Cambria or Monterey but then you will miss unique eateries like… READ MORE

  • Elephant Seals - It is not the only place to see elephant seals but the best close by place is… READ MORE

  • Events - Big Sur has many famous annual events like the Jade Festival Festival and Big Sur Marathon but the most popular happening these days is… READ MORE

  • Hiking & Backpacking - Take five minutes and hike from your vehicle to Salmon Creek Falls or trek 5 days into the Ventana wilderness but you must…READ MORE

  • History Trips - Two California missions, a castle and ... READ MORE

  • Hunting & Fishing - Big game not so much and trophy fish are few but... READ MORE

  • Light Houses - One at each end of Big Sur no shortage… READ MORE

  • Lodging - No you don’t have to book a room you can save money by staying at a motel just south or just north of the Big Sur area; sorry there are just no inexpensive Big Sur lodgings. Anyway I am usually at one end or the other at the close of day anyway so a lesser expensive motel fits my agenda as well as my pocketbook. The motels that have worked well for me are on the north end the Carmel River Inn, there were usually just two in the party so I would get a small room in the main motel building if I was feeling cramped I would relax on the back patio where the view was forest with the Carmel River flowing by…NICE. If you are looking for more than just a place to sleep and shower the Carmel River Inn also has some nice garden Cottages. If you are requiring a lodging south of Big Sur I would suggest getting a room by the beach at Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, there are cheaper motels in the area like the San Simeon Motel 6 is just a few blocks away but it is hard to beat the Pacific Ocean at your back door like at some of the Cavalier motel rooms.
    So that’s how you can survive on a shoestring but not everyone is poor like me and I live close so I go to Big Sur often, this may be a once in a lifetime tour for you. There is much to be said for staying over in Big Sur, Nowhere else in the world has the same ambiance as the Big Sur redwood forest and riverside (Big Sur Lodge and other Big Sur River Valley Lodgings), and to view of the expansive big blue Pacific and the rugged almost inaccessible California coastline from your motel room is awe-inspiring (Ragged Point Motel, Post Ranch Inn).

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  • Miscellaneous Activities: - Horseback riding, Hearst Castle, Monterey Bay Aquarium and... READ MORE

  • Monarch Butterflies - Every year they flock by the thousands… READ MORE

  • Picnicking - More fun at a lesser cost than a restaurant… READ MORE

  • Shopping - Find gifts for a friend and or a souvenir for yourself… - READ MORE

  • Sightseeing, 4 wheeling and Photography - Looking about, riding around and shooting...READ MORE

  • Spa Services -Saunas, Hot Tubs, Massage, Relax and enjoy…READ MORE

  • Water Sports, Surfing, Scuba and Skin Diving, Kayaking - Not the best in the world for any water activity but…READ MORE

  • Whale Watching - Watch with binoculars from the shore anywhere or take a tour… READ MORE

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