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Row of Barnyard Foxtails along Big Sur Coast, California

A botanist will thoroughly enjoy their visit to Big Sur because the corridor hosts over 340 varieties of trees, plants, scrub and grasses. They are clustered into 19 different “plant communities” based on the diverse terrain and microclimates. These barnyard foxtails are considered “New Native.” This means they were accidentally introduced by early pioneers who […]

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Rocky Point along Big Sur Coast, California

This promontory with its vivid colors, pounding surf and sandy beach is Rocky Point. It is about ten miles south of Carmel which means your northerly drive along Big Sur is almost over. But if you want to linger awhile longer and savor the sights, then there is a fifty year old restaurant nearby that […]

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Rare Sandy Beach along Big Sur Coast, California

This is one of the few sandy beaches you’ll see during your drive along the Big Sur coast but unfortunately it is restricted by a fence. Yet even if this pristine sand and tide pool were accessible, swimming is not advised because the water is cold, the waves are unpredictable, and the strong currents can […]

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Ragged Point Overlook along Big Sur Coast, California

Ragged Point Overlook should be your first stop heading north along the Big Sur coastline. This viewing platform is about 15 miles beyond Hearst Castle and a short distance before crossing into Monterey County. While there, it is a good idea to stock up at the convenience store and fill up at the gas station […]

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Young Family at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park on Big Sur Coast, California

Some parents travel a long way in order to introduce their children to California’s beautiful coast. This young family came from Europe. The husband explained he had visited Big Sur as a child and couldn’t wait to show it to his son. His wife did not speak English but her happy smile did not require […]

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Saddle Rock at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park on Big Sur Coast, California

Circa 1870, Christopher McWay owned the Saddle Rock Ranch which was named after this formation that looks like a horse saddle. He sold it to Lathrop and Hellen Brown in the 1920s. 40 years later, they donated 1,800 acres to California with the specification that the park be named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns who was […]

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Overlook at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park on Big Sur Coast, California

If you visit the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park during December or January, you might see gray whales swim by during their southern migration. Also watch for sea otters and harbor seals. But even if you don’t catch a glimpse of these marine animals, you will not be disappointed by the views from this overlook.