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HOLIDAYS TO BIG SUR

Few spots in the state loom as large in the Californian imagination as Big Sur, a raw and rugged stretch of coastline nestled between the craggy Santa Lucia Range and the pounding surf of the Pacific Ocean. There’s no real town centre to Big Sur; instead secluded luxury treehouses peep out of the redwoods and heavenly seafood restaurants cling to clifftops along iconic Highway 1 just north of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Why Turquoise Holidays Loves Big Sur

"Holidays to Big Sur take you along iconic Highway 1, the cliff-hugging, all-American road that twists, turns and hugs the cliff edge. Flanked by dense redwood forests and the vast Pacific Ocean, a Big Sur road trip is one of the most spectacular drives in the world." - Suzy, California Product Manager 

Navigating the headlands, cliffs and dramatic viaducts around Big Sur is what road trip dreams are made off, and when you pull over into the ancient groves of redwoods and oaks, spectacular hiking trails await. The dramatic 80ft McWay Falls cascading onto the sandy shoreline as you wind your way along a cliff-hugging trail is perhaps the most iconic vista within the state park, but it’s hard to take a wrong turn in an area so extravagantly endowed with natural scenery.

Since the 1950s, Big Sur has been a retreat for artists and writers including Henry Miller and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and this unspoiled stretch of coastline still exudes a bohemian, creative spirit, and draws 20th century hippies, privacy-craving celebrities and artists as well as hikers, bikers and surfers. With its own unique brand of barefoot luxury, Big Sur is a magical and profoundly Californian wilderness hideaway, just the spot to linger a few days in a luxury treetop lodge, sip a Sonoma Chardonnay in a clifftop wine bar, and soothe trail-wearied limbs in a hot tub on your private deck under the stars.

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