Destination guide

Natural splendor at Big Sur vacation home rentals

It comes as no surprise that Big Sur has attracted so many famous artists and writers over the years, including Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac. It’s a magical destination of incredible natural beauty! State parks, like the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, are home to phenomenal beaches, as well as providing miles of superb hiking trails that give you the chance to connect with nature. Big Sur vacation rentals offer resplendent vistas right on your doorstep. Just don't forget your camera!

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Big Sur vacation rentals

Big Sur’s rugged coastline offers ample photo opportunities, with its abundance of astounding natural attractions. One of the most popular destinations for visitors is McWay Falls. Hidden away in a beautiful cove, this awe-inspiring waterfall cascades from 70 feet onto the beach below. Bixby Bridge is another must-see: its iconic architecture and breathtaking setting make it one of the most photographed places in all of California. Literature and art lovers won't want to miss the Henry Miller Memorial Library, an art hub and book store hidden away in the woods.

Activities

What to do near Big Sur vacation homes

The magnificent coastline of Big Sur is an area that simply must be explored by car, and what a drive! Boasting one of the most scenic routes in the United States, the hardest thing about the drive is not parking up every few minutes to snap a photo. With so many Big Sur vacation rentals to choose from, you'll no doubt be able to see some of the most beautiful and majestic creatures on earth. During January and February, gray whales migrate along the coastline, with park rangers offering guided whale watching. In the summer, you may also spot blue and humpback whales breaching as you drive along the coast.

Weather

Local weather for your trip to Big Sur vacation homes

Big Sur enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it a popular destination all year round. Winter tends to be fairly cool and can be quite wet, so if you're looking for the best weather conditions for hiking and driving, you may wish to come during another season. Spring is a wonderful time to visit, and summer enjoys temperatures averaging around 60 F thanks to the cool ocean breeze. Fall is one of the best times to book Big Sur vacation rentals since you can still enjoy summer-like temperatures.

Natural features

Explore the natural beauty of Big Sur

The inspiring landscape of Big Sur has drawn visitors to this area for many years. With the Santa Lucia mountain range to one side and the vast Pacific Ocean to the other, there is beautiful and varied scenery to enjoy. Thunderous waterfalls, stunning beaches, jagged cliffs, enchanting forests, luscious meadows, and much more are waiting to be explored. There’s an abundance of wildlife, too. You can see whales on the ocean horizon, elephant seals basking on the beaches, and falcons and condors soaring across the sky.

Beaches

Best beaches near Big Sur vacation homes

The beaches of Big Sur are one of its biggest draws. Vacation homes are available near places like Andrew Molera State Park, a beach park with trails on the sand and through meadows, and Garrapata State Park, a waterfront park with sandy beaches and coastal hiking for spectacular coastal views. You'll also like Carmel Beach, a curving white-sand beach with cypress trees and excellent surf breaks.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Big Sur

The nearest airport is in King City, CA (KIC-Mesa Del Rey), located 25.6 mi (41.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula), which is 39.1 mi (63 km) away.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Big Sur vacation homes

Big Sur has plenty of romantic getaway spots for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes are available near places like Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, a scenic coastal area with a variety of sea animals and wildlife, hiking trails, and a whaling museum, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, a natural area with a hike to a waterfall, a redwood grove, and coastal views. The Carmel Mission Basilica Museum, a historic 18th-century church with museums, a serene courtyard, and tours, is another highlight.

Can I find a vacation rental around Big Sur?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 273 vacation rentals near Big Sur. From 36 Cabins to 160 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Big Sur for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Big Sur?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Big Sur:

  • Southeast Carmel: 211 vacation rentals
  • Marine Terrace: 145 vacation rentals
  • Carmel Point: 105 vacation rentals
  • Park Hill: 72 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Monterey: 27 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Big Sur?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Big Sur. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pfeiffer Beach: 80 vacation rentals
  • Big Sur Station: 82 vacation rentals
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park: 139 vacation rentals
  • McWay Falls: 22 vacation rentals
  • Big Sur Spirit Garden: 68 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Big Sur listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Big Sur?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 36 Cabins in Big Sur. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Big Sur include:

  • Houses: 160 rentals available
  • Cottages: 36 rentals available
  • Villas: 8 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Big Sur?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 55 vacation rentals with pool available in Big Sur. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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