Big Sur Information

•July 21, 2018 • 95 Comments

Header Photo, by bigsurkate


For the most thorough and complete guide to Big Sur on the internet see:

Big Sur Visitor’s Guide





Interactive Highway Map with Mile Markers and slide names is to the right, under “Pages” first one *Big Sur Interactive Maps... if the following link doesn’t work. *Big Sur Interactive Slide Maps will answer any questions you may have about where something is in relation to something else.


(Size for any header photos you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

Photo Sunday, 3/24/19

•March 24, 2019 • Leave a Comment

From a few years back…



Found Dog near Palo Colorado-OWNER FOUND!

•March 23, 2019 • 3 Comments

This sweet guy was found last night, and taken to Jesse Villaseñor’s house. His wife said they can’t keep it much longer, but doesn’t want to take him to the pound. Do you know this dog and/or his owner:


Tourist Tuesday – Epler Wood International

•March 19, 2019 • 5 Comments

The quote below is by the same woman, Meghan Epler Wood, who wrote the book I introduced last Tuesday. This quote is from her website, EplerWoodInternational, Here

“After decades of steady growth, international tourist numbers surpassed 1 billion for the first time in 2012. The report shows that destinations across the world are not prepared for the unprecedented demands this has placed on them, leading to alarming reports of overtourism. With growth set to continue exponentially, reaching 1.8 billion tourists by 2030, a global crisis is looming.

While overtourism is an important symptom, the use of vital natural, social and public assets without recompense is highlighted as the core of the problem.  The report suggests that, wherever it exists, tourism places an “invisible burden” on destinations and their residents. The invisible burden leaves inadequate revenue to provide a sustainable foundation to manage the rapid growth of tourism worldwide.

Examples of the invisible burden of tourism include the costs of:

  • expanding local infrastructure to meet growing tourism needs;
  • high demand for scarce land and valuable urban resources;
  • managing increased exposure to climate change risks, especially with coastal tourism; and
  • protecting historic public spaces and monuments.

It’s clear that the failure to properly account for the full cost of tourism growth is preventing action. Therefore, new accounting mechanisms are necessary to protect the very assets on which national economies and businesses worldwide depend.

The report explores innovations in both policy and finance to manage the invisible burden of tourism. It makes a case for public-private cooperation in the design of data-driven mechanisms for managing, monitoring and financing destinations worldwide.

The analysis began with in-depth interviews with academic, business, and global experts and a roundtable at Cornell University. It was followed up with research into current academic and case literature and sustainability studies from relevant fields such as urban planning, protected area management, environmental economics, and the digital economy.

The report will be published in March 2019.”

Closer to home, at CSUMB, Dr. Roberta Atzori and Dr. Laura Kasa are working on a case study on overtourism using as their focus Big Sur and what has happened here. Their case study will become a chapter in a book on this subject. I can’t wait to read both of these reports.

Meet with Coastal Commissioner Carole Groom Friday

•March 18, 2019 • 5 Comments

Dear BSMAAC stakeholders:

This Friday, March 22, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Big Sur Lodge, Supervisor Adams is hosting Coastal Commissioner Carole Groom for a Big Sur community meeting. The meeting will include presentations from your neighbors on how the Commission’s mission to ensure coastal access intersects with the day-to-day experience of residents, public safety professionals, and business in Big Sur. There will also be a 30-minute public comment period.

You can arrive as early at 1:15 p.m. Parking for the meeting will be in the lower lot only.

Please see the attached flyer.

We look forward to seeing you.

On behalf of Supervisor Mary L. Adams,

Sarah Hardgrave

Policy Analyst

Office of Supervisor Mary L. Adams

Photo Sunday – Juxtaposition, 3/17/19

•March 17, 2019 • 8 Comments

Big Sur Tourism, version 2019 – both taken Friday afternoon, about an hour, hour and 1/2 apart. River Inn & Plaskett Ridge Road.


Big Sur Fire Open House – May 4th

•March 15, 2019 • Leave a Comment


Construction, Hurricane Point to Rocky Creek Bridge

•March 14, 2019 • 2 Comments

Today’s Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

District:           05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa

Cruz Counties

Contact:          Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones

Phone:            (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189



BIG SUR – A construction project to widen shoulders on the existing roadway and upgrade the guardrail had been postponed due to inclement weather but is scheduled to begin Monday, March 18 along State Route 1 between Hurricane Point and Rocky Creek Bridge in Big Sur, Caltrans officials announced today.

Roadwork consists of both daytime and overnight work, consisting of one-way reversing traffic control. Details are as follows:

Overnight work

Daytime work

NOTE: Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 20 minutes. Although work includes daytime and overnight work, crews are working with the school buses to ensure flow of traffic. Electronic message signs will be posted alerting the traveling public of this project.

The contractor for this $3 million construction project is Granite Construction Co. of Santa Clara, CA and should complete this summer.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when

driving through highway work zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in

Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862 or

Can visit our website at:



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