Big Sur Activities & Attractions

Central Coast Destinations

Big Sur Activities & Attractions

Central Coast Destinations

Big Sur might be one of the only places in America in which you can view a grand, 115-room mansion on the same day you visit a “retreat center” that hosted the likes of Hunter S. Thompson and Aldous Huxley. Big Sur activities and attractions run the gamut from historic lighthouses to inspiring gardens and Spanish missions.

Point Sur Light Station
www.parks.ca.gov
831.625.4419
Built in 1889 to provide warning to ships off of the Central Coast, this 270-foot lighthouse can be seen via guided tours, which take place from April through October.

Hearst Castle & Hearst Memorial State Beach
www.hearstcastle.org
800.444.4445
Hearst Castle is one of the most famous residences in America. Boasting 115 lavish rooms, a palatial swimming pool and ornate, verdant grounds, the property of media mogul William Randolph Hearst is open for tours daily.

Nepenthe Restaurant
www.nepenthebigsur.com
831.667.2345
This legendary restaurant offers breathtaking views of the coast from a vantage point 800 feet above the surf. Aside from its stunning views, Nepenthe offers an award-winning list of local wines and menus filled with seafood, poultry, steaks and other enticements.

Henry Miller Library
www.henrymiller.org
831.667.2574
It isn’t a library in the traditional sense, but this community center, art gallery and outdoor venue is still a must-visit among Big Sur attractions. The library stores and sells Henry Miller’s books, hosts community events, and serves as a forward-thinking bastion of art and culture in Big Sur.

Esalen Institute
www.esalen.org
831.667.3047
This “retreat center” has shaped the thoughts of many of America’s most creative thinkers, including Aldous Huxley, Hunter S. Thompson, Henry Miller and Allen Ginsburg. To this day, the institute offers seminars and workshops on mysticism, religion, psychology, shamanism and an array of other eclectic topics.

Spirit Garden
www.bigsurspiritgarden.com
831.667.1300
A unique and inspiring attraction, the Sprit Garden awakens creativity through cultural, musical, artistic and educational programs and events. The garden includes an array of exotic succulents and plants, along with sculptures and art for sale.

Carmel Mission Basilica
 www.carmelmission.org
 
831.624.3600
One of Spanish culture’s first contributions to the area, the Carmel Mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1777. The structure, which is open for observation seven days per week, is considered one of the most beautiful mission chapels in California.

Ventana is located in the heart of Big Sur, just a short drive from all of the Central Coast’s top activities and attractions. Make reservations online today