Previously one of the most isolated stretches of coast in America, this mythical area was opened up to tourists in 1937 with the completion of Highway 1.
We drove from Carmel down to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Highlight was a beach walk at Garrapata State Park, often rated as the best beach in the area.
If you plan to do this Check before you head off for any closures on Highway 1. Right now bridge rebuilding in the north and a massive mud-slide in the south have closed much of the Big Sur area to traffic. And these problems are predicted to get worse with climate change bringing wetter winters.