A drive along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Big Sur to Carmel is a scenic dream of a journey along a perfect crescent of white sand beach of the central California coast. The Pacific Coast Highway is the longest state route in California. This is a 45 mile trip beginning at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park running through Big Sur to Carmel and Monterey. This drive along an official American National Scenic Byway can last anywhere from two hours to a week, depending on how many stops you make.
Traveling from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park visit McWay Falls, which drops onto a secluded beach some 80 feet below. During high tide, the waterfall flows directly into the ocean.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
The Big Sur River runs through the redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders, and willows on Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park’s pristine 1,000 acres. Tackle one of the scenic hikes you will be rewarded with sweeping vistas and Pfeiffer Falls a 60-foot waterfall.
Ventana Big Sur Glamping
A luxury camping experience, a more refined way to connect with the outdoors and experience the full splendor of Big Sur. Sleep deeply on a custom-designed mattress and premium linens in your safari-style canvas tent. Marvel at the views of a 20-acre canyon. Light up the fire pit, roast marshmallows and tell stories, or just let the landscape do all the talking. Ventana Big Sur hotel guests and Ventana Glamping guests will now enjoy distinct areas on the property. The resort grounds including swimming pools, fitness studios and dining facilities are now reserved exclusively for resort guests. In addition, we are happy to announce a menu of enhancement packages that feature coolers, s’mores ingredients, and more.
Head one mile south from the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park entrance and at the second right turn is hard-to-find Pfeiffer Beach. From the purple sand (the color comes from manganese garnet rock particles that wash down the hills when it rains), you will get fantastic views of the rugged coast and its famous keyhole arch.
Bixby Creek Bridge
The Point Sur Lighthouse opened in 1889 and remains in operation to this day. Bixby Creek Bridge was erected in 1932 and remains one of the highest of its kind in the world.
Savor the Central Coast’s many varietals with a Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea wine tasting passport. 13 participating tasting rooms, all within walking distance of each other on Ocean Avenue.
Complimentary third night at Carmel Valley Ranch!
Book two consecutive nights by May 27, 2021 and receive a complimentary third night. Plus, receive SELECT amenities during your stay: 100 USD hotel credit per stay (Exclusions apply). Full breakfast for two daily (Max 30 USD per person, per day). Property will offer early check-in and late check-out upon availability. Property will offer guaranteed upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability. Wi-Fi is already included in Resort fee (for properties with a resort fee only). The reimagined Carmel Valley Ranch is more playful than ever—and you’ll have more fun than ever when your third night is free! Take another spa day. Play another round of golf. Taste another sample of our handmade cheese (and while you’re at it, try some of our other artisan delights, too). There’s not any one right way to spend your extra day at The Ranch—there’s only your way.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: BLACKOUT DATES Blackout dates may apply. BOOKING PERIOD 11/18/2020 – 5/27/2021 TRAVEL PERIOD Now – May 27, 2021. Offer is valid for bookings made from October 30th, 2020 through May 27th, 2021. Based on availability; some blackout periods apply. Stay must be at least three consecutive nights. Please note that a daily resort fee of $45 is applicable to all nights, including the complimentary night, and is not included in the room rate. The $100 resort credit is one per suite, per stay.
The historic coastal town of Monterey, California has many things to do and to see. You can stroll down Cannery Row with a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. There is a free trolley loop that takes you through the historic downtown area.