Big Sur is Still Accessible From the North and Campsites, Cabins and Safari Tents are Still Available This Summer


Debbie Sipe 

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BIG SUR IS STILL ACCESSIBLE — FROM THE NORTH — AND CAMPSITES, CABINS AND SAFARI TENTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER recommends travelers take State Route One southbound from Monterey and Carmel and enjoy Point Lobos State Reserve, the Carmel Mission and Old Town Monterey along the way


BIG SUR, May 25, 2017 — As most people know, State Route One south of Big Sur has been hit with major mud and rock slides since January, which have made sections of roadway impassable.


But the scenic redwood filled resort town is still easily accessible from the north and campgrounds in the area still have a few campsites and cabins available this summer, mainly during the week, said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts, the travel planning website.


“People who live in Southern California need to know they can reach Big Sur simply by heading up State Route 101 and cutting over to Monterey and heading south from there on Route One. It’s a spectacular drive,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts, the travel planning website.


Spectacular not only because of Route One’s scenic grandeur as it meanders along 1,000-foot cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but because travelers coming from the north pass through the historic towns of Monterey, California’s first capital city, and Carmel, which has one of California’s most beautiful Spanish missions.


Here’s a sampling of some of the sites to see while heading to Big Sur from the north: 

— Old Town Monterey: This was the capital of California while the state was controlled by Spain and Mexico. Many historic buildings remain, including the house where Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson found the inspiration to write Treasure Island.

— Cannery Row in Monterey: This historic waterfront district was once the sardine capital of the world. But the canneries went out of business as a result of overfishing in the Monterey Bay in the 1950s. The area was made famous, however, by writer John Steinbeck and his novel, Cannery Row, which was published in 1945. Today Cannery Row is a tourist destination with historic buildings, shops and restaurants.

— Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey: Features over 200 exhibits with more than 35,000 ocean creatures. There are daily shows and feedings.

— Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove: This is the oldest active lighthouse on the West Coast. Originally built in 1855, its light has been in operation ever since. However, it was severely damaged during the 1906 earthquake and was rebuilt with reinforced concrete in 1907. It is considered to be one of California’s prettiest lighthouses. The lighthouse is located in Pacific Grove. It is open Monday through Thursday.

— Seventeen Mile Drive in Carmel: Considered one of the most scenic toll roads in the world, the Seventeen Mile Drive winds through dense forests of Monterey Pines and Monterey Cypress while tracing the spectacular coastline between Pacific Grove and Carmel.


— Mission San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel: Founded in 1771, this is one of California’s most beautiful missions. The mission is still active as a church and has an extensive museum.


— Point Lobos State Reserve:  Located on a small peninsula just south of Carmel, Point Lobos offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the California coast, including rocky cliffs, hidden coves, and dense forests covered with Spanish moss. Its offshore area also forms one of the richest undersea habitats in the world.


Sipe said there are beautiful campgrounds in the Big Sur area. They include: 


Big Sur Campground & Cabins in Big Sur: This park has tent cabins as well as one- and two-bedroom cabins with gas fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Activities include river tubing.


Fernwood Resort in Big Sur: This park has tent cabins, adventure tents and park model cabins as well as on onsite restaurant.

Riverside Campground in Big Sur: This campground has 40 RV and tent sites plus 12 cabins.



Campgrounds in the Monterey and Carmel areas include: 


— Carmel by the River RV Park in Carmel: This park has 35 RV sites with a fun frog theme throughout the campground.


— Marina Dunes RV Park in Marina: This park has 65 RV sites and is walking distance from Marina State Beach. It also has park model cottages for sale to those who would like to use them as a vacation cottage.


For more information on things to see and do in California as well as interesting places to camp, please visit