Bixby Canyon Bridge on California’s Big Sur coast highway in the USA
Elephant Seals on the Big Sur Coastal Highway in California, USA
Wharf on California’s Big Sur coast highway in the USA
A beach on California’s Big Sur coast highway in the USA
A squirrel on California’s Big Sur coast highway in the USA
A blue jay on the Big Sur Coastal Highway in California, USA
A beach on California’s Big Sur coast highway in the USA
Pelicans on the Big Sur Coastal Highway in California, USA
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  • 5.Follow the trail to McWay Falls

    Though short, the elevated coastal trail to McWay Falls is incredibly scenic, just like the rest of Big Sur.

    McWay Falls Big Sur California

    McWay Falls is an 80-foot waterfall dropping onto a golden sandy cove that has, with its freshwater droplets bouncing off the sand, created the perfect playground for the frolicking seagulls.

    It is a protected spot that can be only viewed from the elevated pathway so if you have binoculars in your car, bring them along.

  • 6.Lunch with the finest views

    As you drive the Big Sur coastal highway, about 30 miles from Carmel you’ll come across an establishment named Nepenthe Restaurant, a classy elevated restaurant featuring a fantastic outdoor terrace.

    Start with a glass of wine relaxing on the colourful cushions, softening the terrace tiered stone seating before getting down to a well deserved meal in the Bohemian chic ambience of the airy dining room at Nepenthe Restaurant.

    7.Discover the best Chinese in Carmel

    In between of all the white table cloth and polished glass which seems to be the norm in Carmel, we uncovered the delicious and down to earth Tommy’s Wok.

    The manicured streets of the immaculate though a little kitsch Carmel do hide one true gem. Hungry and tired after a day of driving the Big Sur coastline, you will revel in the quick morish fix cooked up by Tommy’s Wok, a tiny Chinese eatery almost too well hidden in one of Carmel’s back streets.

  • 8.Start your cocktail hour on a cliff top

    The gate keeper, the steep drive up the hill followed by a steady climb of stairs would almost put you off trying to reach the elevated outdoor bar of Post Ranch Inn.

    A cocktail at the Post Ranch Inn Hotel on the Big Sur Coastal Highway in California, USA

    However, if you persevere, you’ll be rewarded by the most privileged spot to enjoy a late afternoon drink, accompanied by never-ending views of the Pacific. What a way to begin your cocktail hour, sitting in the warm sun whilst trying to make out where the sea ends and the sky begins.

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25 April 2012