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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Kentyn Reynolds - Friday, January 10, 2014
By Don Smith

Lastly, if you only had time for one stop, without hesitation I’d tell you to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Located 27 miles south of the Carmel Mission Inn, this iconic scene sums up the beauty of the Big Sur coast in one iconic setting.

The cove is relatively kelp free accounting for the turquoise color of the cove. Moreover, the cove is fed by fresh water year-round from McWay Creek with the iconic McWay Waterfall (80 feet tall), making it the tallest freshwater fall anywhere on the entire west coast.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park McWay Fall

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – McWay Fall


Soberanes Point and Wild Calla Lilies Grove

Kentyn Reynolds - Thursday, January 09, 2014
By Don Smith

Another favorite sunset location of mine is Garrapata State Park. On the northern end is an area known as Soberanes Point. Although not visible from the Highway, there is a cool arch (that I refer to as the Soberanes Arch).

Be very careful walking around this area as it is known for its “sneaker waves.” My best advice: never take your eyes off the ocean.

Soberanes Point Garrapata State Park

Soberanes Point – Garrapata State Park

During the winter months, especially on the eve of an approaching Pacific storm, the wave action can become quite dramatic; thus, making for great images! Just stay along the headlands and use caution and common sense and you’ll be fine. It is a beautiful area.


Hurricane Point and Point Lobos State Reserve

Kentyn Reynolds - Wednesday, January 08, 2014
By Don Smith

Once the light begins to fade from the Pt. Sur location, get back in your car and drive north for about a mile to Hurricane Point for sunrise light.

Hurricane Point gets its name from the strong updrafts that at times can make opening a car door a struggle; yet, in the early morning, winds are generally non-existent and the first light of sunrise will bathe the hillsides with warm light.

Hurricane Point on the Big Sur Coast

Hurricane Point


Garrapata State Beach and Point Sur

Kentyn Reynolds - Tuesday, January 07, 2014
By Don Smith

A trip to the Monterey Peninsula would not be complete without a day spent touring one of the world’s most idyllic coastlines – Big Sur!

The Big Sur coastline is generally defined as a magnificent 98-mile stretch of land and sea from Carmel to the north, to Cambria at the southern end.

One can only journey the route from either one end or the other (although there is one connecting road near Lucia).

Morning Hues Garrapata State Beach

Morning Hues - Garrapata State Beach