Weekend Snaps, Big Sur!

Who loves weekends? Me! *raises hand*. Typically a normal weekend for me and my husband is staying at home, and doing some chores, so when we find any excuse to get out of the house, we take it. This past weekend, my niece (who is visiting from the Philippines) was over and so we decided to take her and some of our other family to Big Sur, CA.

My niece
MY NIECE, JANINE

FISHERMAN'S MONTEREY WHARF

Big Sur is a good 3 hour drive South from where we live. We left at around 8:30AM and headed on our way. We stopped by the Fisherman's Monterey Wharf for lunch, which is about an hour before Big Sur. There we're a lot of restaurants to choose from and food choices are mostly in the seafood category. If you're craving for some clam chowder, a lot of the restaurants offers free taste tests, so be sure to do that before choosing where to eat. With all the clam chowder options, I ended up having clam chowder on a breadbowl which was delish btw.

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FISHERMAN'S MONTEREY WHARF

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MONTEREY MARINA

BIXBY CREEK BRIDGE

After walking around the wharf and having lunch, we started our drive to Big Sur. Our first stop was Bixby Creek Bridge. It was built in 1932 and stands tall at 260 feet. Can you imagine how difficult the task of building this thing was during that time? To get to this spot, search "Castle Rock Viewpoint" in google maps and it will lead you to this turnout. The bridge is not the only thing you'll see there, you also get panoramic views of the Pacific coast line (see below). Talk about breathtaking!

TAKE NOTE!!! There is absolutely NO RECEPTION when you get around Big Sur so definitely save the map on your phone.

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BIXBY CREEK BRIDGE

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PFEIFFER BEACH

Next on our list was Pfeiffer Beach. So when I said that there is no reception, we found this out the hard way. When we left Bixby Bridge, there was absolutely no reception to get a map to Pfieffer Beach. On top of that, I read online that the way to the beach is really hard to find as there are no signs for it whatsoever. So the adventurer in me decided to "wing it". I figured, Highway 1 only goes one way and back, plus there's bound to be a clue on the road somewhere. I thought that if we'd gone too far, we can just drive back and head home.

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Luckily, we saw Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground Visitor Center and I looked for a map. I took a picture of it and went on driving. We totally missed the turn the first time, but was finally able to find it heading back. The direction to the beach was a windy 2 mile drive down hill. The entrance fee is $10.00 per car, but if you don't feel like driving the windy, narrow road, there is a shuttle that goes around from the Pfieffer State Park Visitor Center  to the beach (check the Visitor Center for the schedule). The beach was not crowded, and the view was once again...AMAZING. What makes this particular beach unique are the massive rock formations. Some of them form arches/caves that the waves flow through.


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ARCH ROCK FORMATION
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HERE'S ME FEELING LIKE A MERMAID LOL
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WITH MY COUSIN AND NIECES
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It was a day full of adventure and boy was I pooped after! I am so glad I was able to take my family to see these beautiful sites and I am able to cross these two spots off my must-see list. If you're planning on checking these places out, see my Tip List below.

TIP LIST:

  1. Definitely print out a map to Big Sur or save it on your phone to access it without reception.
  2. Be careful standing/walking on the Castle Rock Viewpoint, it is a cliff and you can easily slip off.
  3. Bring $10.00 in cash for Pfeiffer Beach entrance fee.
  4. It can get windy on the beach so hold on to hats/scarves etc.
  5. Take lots of photos and have fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

♥kai

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