Just beyond Post Ranch lies a wealth of attractions and activities sure to delight outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For those who want to explore the beauty of Big Sur, here are a few of our favorites. 


Attractions

  • Henry Miller Memorial Library (1.1 miles south)
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  • The Henry Miller Library houses some of the most notable writers’ works in Big Sur. The library is open daily to the public and often hosts intimate outdoor concerts and small events.
  • Point Sur Light Station (10 miles north)
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  • Point Sur Lighthouse and its supporting light station buildings, now a California State Historic Park, stand atop a dramatic volcanic rock just off shore in Big Sur.
  • Esalen Institute (12 miles south)
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  • Established in 1960, the Esalen Institute is a school for self-improvement in a variety of areas. Built atop hot springs that seep out of the cliffs above the ocean, Esalen has long been a home to those seeking enlightenment. 
  • Bixby Bridge (15 miles north)
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  • The iconic bridge stands tall as one of the world's highest single-span concrete arch bridges. Over 700 feet long and over 260 feet tall, it may well be the most photographed piece of the coastal route.
  • Carmel (30 miles north)
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  • Visitors can enjoy the charm of downtown Carmel's charm and the natural beauty of California's central coast while engaging in a variety of outdoor activities, dining and shopping.
  • Monterey (33 miles north)
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    • Fisherman’s Wharf / Cannery Row
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    • Known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the World,” Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row in Monterey provide a wide array of fabulous award-winning dining, shopping, live theater, special events, whale watching, marine life, fishing and sailing.
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium
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    • Voted the nation’s #1 aquarium, Monterey Bay offers a range of activities for all ages to enjoy. Home to the world’s largest jellyfish exhibit, the interactive Splash Zone, the amazing Kelp Forest and the 1,000,000 gallon Outer Bay, there is something for everyone.
    • 17 Mile Drive (35 miles north)
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    • Widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, this famous coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Marvel at some of nature’s treasures including The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and Stillwater Cove.
  • Hearst Castle (64 miles south)
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  • Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark mansion located in San Simeon and was the home of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. It has been maintained as a state historic and is open for public tours.

Parks & Outdoors

  • Garrapata State Park (19 miles north)
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  • The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.
  • Andrew Molera State Park (7 mile north)
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  • This state park, located at the mouth of the Big Sur River, affords stunning coastal views and, with miles of trails, offers hikes for all ability levels.
  • Ventana Wildlife Society (7 miles north)
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  • Ventana Wildlife Society Research and Education Center is located in Molera State Park in 1992. They often offer guided condor tours and birding adventures.
  • Pfeiffer Beach (1 mile north, turn left on Sycamore Canyon Rd, drive 2 miles)
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  • Pfeiffer Beach is a popular destination among locals and tourists. It offers a beautiful beach for walking and stunning sunsets.
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (2 miles north)
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  • This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail.
  • Partington Cove Trail (7 miles south)
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  • Partington Cove is a popular hiking destination taking you through a notable 60 foot tunnel to the secluded cove.
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (9 miles south)
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  • The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park features redwoods, tan oaks, madrones, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail.
  • Sand Dollar Beach Trail (31 miles)
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  • Sand Dollar Beach area is a nice crescent beach perfect for a stroll in the sand or an easy hike. There are a limited number of sand beaches in Big Sur and this one a great area for a picnic.
  • Jade Cove (32 miles)
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  • Jade Cove provides outstanding opportunities for rock-hounding, searching for the coveted Big Sur jade and diving for jade. The beach is a designated hang-glider site.

Galleries

  • Hawthorne Gallery (1 mile south)
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  • The Hawthorne Gallery represents the artwork of the multi-talented Hawthorne family as well as the work of selected outstanding artists across the country. Most of the art in our guest rooms, and many sculptures around the ranch are from the Hawthorne Gallery.
  • Coast Gallery (4 miles south)
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  • The Coast Gallery in Big Sur has become the largest known gallery of American Crafts in the U.S. It features over 3,000 fine art and craft works by 250 artists and artisans. Some sculptures at Post Ranch come from the Coast Gallery.