Cliktrips likes the beach, palm trees, mountain hikes, desertscapes, forest walks, the jungle, tropical islands, swimming pools, lake swims, rocky seaside cliffs, sunsets, soundbaths, hot tubs, the occasional cold plunge, bicycle rides, road trips, spritzes of all kinds, lots of snacks and the colors pink and green. Cliktrips also enjoys late night techno parties, balearic rooftop hangs, weird weekenders, tropical sounds, trippy disco, and dancing ‘til dawn.


Guide to Big Sur with Mandy Brooks

Guide to Big Sur with Mandy Brooks

Big Sur residents Mandy Brooks and Patrick Orosco share their favorite spots for photos, hiking, cocktails and coffee along this magical stretch of Highway 1 in California.

Best Sunset Cocktail:

Post Ranch Inn has one of the best of views in all of Big Sur, and a respectable mixologist to compliment the spectacular views. When the guard stops you at the gate, kindly tell them you are going to the bar for a drink. They may not let you in if the restaurant is full, but it’s worth a try.

Post Ranch Inn | 47900 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667-2200

Best place to get Big Sur souvenirs and a delicious burger:

The Phoenix Shop, at Nepenthe. Score some cool tchotchkes and locally sourced items… or just kill some time while waiting for table at Nepenthe restaurant where they are known for their famous Ambrosia burger.

Nepenthe | 48510 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667-2345

Favorite Meal & Coffee:

Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant is hands down the best food in Monterey County and beyond. The food incorporates a lot of the local farms and the menu changes seasonally. Plus Coffee Chris is the only guy in town to go to for your latte or cappuccino accompanies by a fresh baked ginger scone or blackberry strudel. Please note they are not open for dinner on Monday night, but they are open during the day for coffee and counter service.

Big Sur Bakery | 47540 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667-0520

Best place to get a history lesson over breakfast:

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is the oldest hotel in Big Sur and is listed on the “National Register of Historic Places. ” It’s also a very charming place for a delicious breakfast, and the serve up a mean eggs benedict and delicious French toast.

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn | 48865 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667-2377

Best Photo Ops:

Partington Cove

Hard to pick just one, but for the adventurous, take (if you can find it!) the poorly marked Partington Canyon dirt road just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The road leads you to a scenic rocky beach and through a tunnel that was once a landing spot for Rum Runners during the Prohibition!

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Pfeiffer Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world with huge arched rocks in the water and a wide sandy beach. The word has gotten out and the parking lot tends to get full quite early which means you have to park on Highway 1 and walk about 2 miles down Sycamore Canyon road, but if you want to squeeze in some exercise and beach time it’s the perfect spot.

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The McWay Waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

There is a 10 minute path just on the west side of the highway that leads you to one of the most stunning sights the eye can see.

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Favorite Hike In Big Sur:

Sobranes is our favorite hike. It’s about 2 hours round trip and will take you through a few microclimates from redwoods to ferns to stunning ocean views. From the Big Sur Station, drive about 19.4 miles north to the unmarked parking turnouts. The turnouts are marked by a tin roof barn on the inland side of the highway. It’s hard to see the barn when you are driving north so be on the look out once you hit the 18-mile marker.

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Henry Miller Library:

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is an arts center championing the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. Miller’s best friend Emil White lived in the house that is now the Library beginning in mid-1960s.  White officially named it the Henry Miller Memorial Library when Henry died in 1980. When Emil passed away in 1989, he dedicated the property to become a non-profit organization. Here you’ll find works by Miller and local authors as well must-have books capturing the magic and history of Big Sur.

Henry Miller Library | 48603 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667-2574

Esalen Institute:

Esalen is a retreat center devoted to personal growth, meditation, massage, yoga and organic food. They are also famous for their cliff-side hot springs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The baths are open to the public from 1am-3am (must book in advance), or if you book a massage you can enjoy the baths one hour before and one hour after your massage.

Esalen | 55000 CA-1 Big Sur, CA (831) 667-3000


As spiritual as Big Sur is, there isn’t a yoga studio, and only Post Ranch Inn or Ventana offer classes on site. However, the local community center, called the Grange offers about five classes a week. The Grange feels like Grandma’s house and it sits in the redwoods along the Big Sur River.


Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn (Budget)

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn is known for it’s rustic and charming rooms tucked in between lush gardens and located on the edge of a redwood forest. It’s been offering travelers simple luxuries and a place to rest since the 1930s and the restaurant on site is popular for breakfast and brunch too! Rates range from $100-$270 depending on the room type.

Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn | 48865 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667-2377

Post Ranch Inn (Pricey)

The Post Ranch Inn is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean and is well-known for some of the best sunset watching in the area. It was designed by architect, Mickey Muenning, who apparently slept for a month in each building in order to get a proper feel for the ideal way each window and door should be positioned. He also coined the term “organic architecture” to describe his vision for the land. Rates range from $675 to $2,585 per night, depending on the room and the season.

Post Ranch Inn | 47900 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667-2200

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