48 Hours in Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey

This spring break led myself and a few friends to explore the Pacific coastal areas of Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey – destinations touted for their aquatic life, picturesque coastlines, and outdoor activities. We only had less than two days to traverse the area so we made sure to do diligent research beforehand and created a worthwhile itinerary.

The beautiful towns are unsurprisingly more on the pricey end of the accommodation spectrum so we opted to stay in an Airbnb house in the Carmel Highlands. Our house was super secluded in the hills (so secluded that we got lost a few times on the way there) and had the perfect patio for us to hangout on late into the night.

Check out our stay in picture form:

DSC00364Our first stop – Bixby Bridge (Big Sur). Sadly it was still foggy at this point in the day.

DSC00372Pfieffer Beach (Big Sur)

DSC00375The mystical purple sand that Pfieffer Beach is known for

DSC00389At the lookout point at the top of the Ewoldsen Trail at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Big Sur). 5 miles round-trip.



DSC00403Shots at the McWay Falls (Big Sur) lookout point

DSC00417Dinner at popular Mediterranean restaurant, Dametra’s, in Carmel. Be sure to make a reservation!

DSC00422The view from our house in Carmel Highlands


DSC00455Garrapata State Park (Carmel-by-the-Sea)

DSC00458Point Lobos (Carmel)


DSC00466The spectacular view of sea lions just chilling out on the beaches of Monterey

DSC00511The 250+ year old lone Cypress tree in Monterey (only viewable on the $10 17-mile drive)


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