Big Sur and Central Coast

Best time to go and how to get there

Big Sur and Central Coast: When to Go

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Getting There

By Car:
Visitors will need a car to access the area's many charms, there is no public transport. Note that in Carmel there are no parking meters, parking is always at a premium of course.

Big Sur's Highway One is not a dual carriageway at any point, often experiences landslips, especially in the spring after winter rains, and traffic jams in the peak months as visitor numbers swell. Be sure to allow twice the amount of time it would normally take you to drive a set distance, and phone ahead to check for road closures.

See our car rental recommendations.

By Air:
Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) is a small regional airport which is served by United Express, American Eagle and US Airways Express who fly to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix.