Big Sur abounds in scenic backdrops for a picnic lunch. Many folks
just pull over at an overlook and keep a weather eye out for whale
spouts as they munch, but these top picnic choices are also appealing.
JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK Picnic in the
redwoods by a lovely stream after a stroll down spectacular Waterfall
Trail (see Hiking). Day use only.
GARRAPATA STATE PARK Two miles of beachfront,
almost three thousand acres of ocean-to-redwood territory highlight
this coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals,
sea otters and whales are frequent visitors. Eighteen miles north
of Big Sur. Day use only.
JADE COVE There's no fee for enjoying the famous
jade beach here, popular with rock hounds and beachcombers. This
is also a designated hang glider landing zone, so beware that
large shadow looming overhead--it may be a condor, seagull, eagle,
vulture or hang glider looking for a downwind landing spot.
CREEK This rocky beach is frequented by surfers, photographers
and anglers. No fee picnic area and beach.
CREEK Another rocky beach with no fee picnic areas.
STATE BEACH Open from 9:00 am -8:00 pm daily, this beach
is well worth the $5.00 per vehicle entrance fee. Dramatic sea
stacks, arches and caves decorate the most famous beach in the
area. Portions of "The Sandpipers" motion picture with Elizabeth
Taylor and Richard Burton were filmed here. Locals laugh when
they see a small boat beached here in the movie--the surf's much
too rough! Not a swimming beach, but great for picnics, beachcombing
and walking. Be careful on the very narrow winding two-mile road
leading down to Pfeiffer State Beach. The turnout is a little
Canyon Road is unmarked, but it's the only paved, ungated road
west of Highway One between the Big Sur post office and Pfeiffer
Big Sur State Park. You'll see a sign warning off trailer traffic
as the road begins.
POINT RESORT The welcoming folks at this beauty spot
don't mind sharing their glories with mere picnickers, so grab
your brown bag and snag a bench with a view anywhere on this lovely
point of land. A hot coffee from the espresso stand wouldn't be
amiss on cooler days.