Discover boutique hotels in Big Sur, United States

When to go

In summer, it can be foggy in the morning, though this usually clears by afternoon. Beware of tailback traffic, which might spoil your ocean drive, between Memorial Day (last Monday in May) and Labor Day (first Monday in September). For the clearest views, opt for spring or autumn. Remember, the elevated coastal position means it can get quite cold, even for California.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    The region’s main hub is in Monterey. United Airlines (www.united.com) flies from San Francisco; American Eagle (www.aa.com) will get you there from Los Angeles. If you’re coming here to kick off a road trip, aim for an international airport in LA or San Francisco and then pick up a hire car.
  • Trains

    There’s an Amtrak-served station in Salinas, which will hook you up with Napa, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego (www.amtrak.com).
  • Automobiles

    A car will come in handy for cruising down the coast. The curving, cliff-hugging Highway One is breathtaking and beautiful – you’ll want to stop often, so it’s a good idea to be in charge of your own vehicle. The region is roughly 130 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles.
  • Taxis

    There aren’t many streets you’d walk along flagging down a cab – it’s far wiser to ask the hotel to book one for you. In Carmel, call +1 831 624 3885.