The Big Sur

Words by Laura Pendlebury


The name given to a long stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon, it is heralded as ‘the greatest meeting of land and water in the world’.

The drive down the Big Sur is one of the most popular journeys in the world, and it is not difficult to see why. The stunning views are never ending, and there are endless opportunities to stop and explore deserted, sandy coves. Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway for as little as 10 minutes, preferably with the roof down, and you will experience a feeling like no other. It is hard to describe the sheer joy that comes with wind rushing past your face, the evening sun bleeding into the horizon, every turn and corner, twist and bend in the road adding to the ever changing scenery.

Jack Kerouac may have suggested “and when the fog’s over and the stars and the moon come out at night, it’ll be a beautiful sight”  but the reality is you don’t need to wait for the stars and moon to illuminate this kind of scenery, although without traffic lights, when the sun eventually does go down, illuminate they truly do. Due to its sheer size, the region can remain an overwhelming and somewhat unknowable place. The beauty of it is, it doesn’t matter where you stop and explore, you will always be surrounded withsomething breath taking. Famous for inspiring literary legends, you would be hard pushed to walk away from this place feeling anything but exhilarated.

The Big Sur | California
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