Big Sur Travel Guide

Explore California’s Central Coast

Big Sur Travel Guide

Explore California’s Central Coast

Equal parts American legend and natural wonder, Big Sur is a truly unforgettable destination. The rustic sophistication and elegant simplicity of Ventana are enveloped in the rolling meadows, wooded hills and rugged oceanfront of the Central California Coast, offering a place to relax, explore and indulge to your soul’s content.

Big Sur’s history is a rich and storied quilt of diverse civilizations, settlers and innovators who shaped the region into what the beautiful refuge it is today. Central Coast landmarks both manmade and natural dot the landscape, including the soft sands of Carmel River State Beach, the rocky expanse of Point Lobos State Reserve, and the architectural authenticity of Point Sur Light Station. Destinations such as Hearst Castle and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park have earned national acclaim, for good reason: seldom do nature’s glory and humanity’s ability align so ideally. 

Adventurers will find enticements abounding in the California countryside, including an array of hiking trails and a variety of other outdoor pursuits such as cycling, boating and horseback riding. The region carries innate romantic appeal. From its star-strewn skies to its pristine beaches and forests, Big Sur offers plentiful opportunities to unwind in the company of a loved one. The area’s calendar of events is busy, with festivals and culinary events bringing onlookers from across California and beyond, and Ventana’s onsite spa and restaurant provide relaxation just steps from the resort’s villas.