Big Sur, California. Is there any place more beautiful?

Big Sur, California is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.  The land here is absolutely stunning.  “Much ink has been spilled extolling the raw beauty and energy of this precious piece of land in California shoehorned between the Santa Lucia Range and the Pacific Ocean, but nothing quite prepares you for your first glimpse of the craggy, unspoiled coastline.”  from lonelyplanet.com   This is exactly how I felt when I first saw Big Sur – speechless.  The land and sea here is so spectacular that words fail me.

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IMG_9133The drive to Big Sur itself is beautiful.  Hwy 1, the highway you take to get to Big Sur is so scenic that you just want to stop every few minutes and take pictures.  Be prepared for a slow leisurely drive, as all the cars ahead of you are busy taking pictures and looking at the scenery too, which means they can’t drive fast. Also be prepared for cars to break unexpectedly as very often they veer off the road to take more pictures.

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Big Sur is so breathtaking that it just makes you pause and appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature at her finest.  Its sweeping vistas of ocean and rugged cliffs are unparalleled.

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I don’t know how the town managed to do it, but they did; all you see around you is just nature. With no commercial buildings or homes for as far as the eye can see, for miles and miles.

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Cell phone coverage? None.  Want to tweet or snapchat that beautiful picture you just took? Can’t. Big Sur is the kind of place where you have to disconnect yourself from the world and just enjoy the moment.  Take a deep breath, absorb the fresh ocean air, and get intoxicated with the scene around you. I guarantee, you will leave with a spiritual experience. No one is immune to Big Sur’s breathtaking beauty.

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Big Sur is a couple hours from the Bay Area and one hour south of Carmel.  You can make a day trip to Big Sur or stay the night in one of the B&Bs.  There is plenty to do in Big Sur and all of it is nature oriented.  Lots of hiking trails encourage visitors to enjoy the spectacular scenery and gorgeous beaches that Big Sur has to offer. On the way back from Big Sur you can stop by Carmel By the Sea for a relaxing dinner in this charming upscale seaside enclave.

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Here are some links on Big Sur, California.  Big Sur   Visit Big Sur   14 Things You Need to Know Before Driving California’s Big Sur   

Big Sur is more a state of mind than a place you can pinpoint on a map. There are no traffic lights, banks or strip malls, and when the sun goes down, the moon and the stars are the only street lights…lonelyplant.com Big Sur, California

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