Tourist Tuesday, 5/13/19

•May 14, 2019 • 4 Comments

From our own Monterey Herald, about the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau on their plans for promoting our area:

I would like to point out a few important take-always from this article:

2018 Travel Impacts report: Monterey County visitor spending up 5.8% to $3B

Tourism jobs up 2.8%, total tax contributions up 8.2%, local tax money up 8% over 2017

“The plan for increasing tourism to Monterey County is two-tiered – one, increasing the number of travelers, and two, increasing visitor spending.

“We are focused on both levels – more travelers which will drive up hotel occupancy, which is essential. But we are intensifying our focus on higher-value travelers who stay longer, do more and spend more,” said O’Keefe. “These are typically people who are traveling from further away … and meetings/conference travelers who are very high value.”

The MCCVB marketing officer said a focus on the drive market – those who travel here by car – will be maintained and will never change.”

”According to the report, the county receives the lion’s share of travel impacts in the region with 33%, followed closely by Monterey with 30%, Salinas with 14%, Carmel with 8%, Seaside (including Sand City and Del Rey Oaks) with 7%, Pacific Grove with 5%, and Marina with 4%.”

How much of this income is brought in BECAUSE of Big Sur? I am willing to bet that the majority of it is. How much does Big Sur receive in infrastructure and/or law enforcement to handle it? Very little, is my bet on this end of the equation.

And one thing MCCVB will be concentrating on is bringing in more visitors on the off season, so we can expect summer-like traffic all year.




Storm Coming…

•May 13, 2019 • 7 Comments

Bay Area forecast: Widespread rain expected from ‘unusual’ May storm

Ten-day rainfall totals could reach 2½ inches in the Bay Area, according to the weather service.

Photo Sunday, 5/12/19

•May 12, 2019 • 4 Comments

again from the archives:


Big Sur Saturday Tidbits, 5/11/19

•May 11, 2019 • 4 Comments

This one is a delight!


Here is the photo of Lucia et al from Jeff Norman’s book:


Thanks, Sylvia Trotter Anderson!

Mercado Sagrado & a disconnect

•May 10, 2019 • 17 Comments


Tourist Thursday, 5/9/19 – BSHY

•May 9, 2019 • 16 Comments

A new instagram account has been created called Big Sur Hates You, modeled after Public Lands Hates You, a very popular IG account that has been getting a lot of press since the shut down which resulted in so much damage to Joshua National Park. BSHY is run by an anonymous Big Sur local and is only a few weeks old, but is already having an impact, as you will see from these recent posts

1. Standing in the middle of the highway –




2. Messing with Marine Life:




And the ever present fire danger:


And responses:

If you have photos of people behaving badly in Big Sur, send them to

BTW, BSHY, if you happen to read this, there are a number of people who have asked me to give you a great big hug, so consider yourself hugged! I will be sending you tomorrow’s blog post (as a jpg) to add to your growing collection. 😉

Together we can help our visitors learn to care about Big Sur as much as we do. And while we are at it, take the Big Sur Pledge at Http:// and encourage others to do so as well.




Amgen bike race coming through next Wednesday

•May 8, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Today’s Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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

Contact:         Jim Shivers or Colin Jones

Phone:            (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189 


 CENTRAL COAST – Stages Four and Five of The Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Race will move through Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties next week using portions of the state highway system in the following locations during the daytime hours.

  • On Wednesday, May 15, the cyclists will leave Laguna Seca at 10 am and will use portions of State Routes 68 and 218 before traveling south on Highway 1 from Monterey before reaching Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County at 3:45 pm.
  • On Thursday, May 16, the cyclists leave Pismo Beach at 10 am using Highway 1 before using portions of State Routes 154 and 192 in Santa Barbara County.  The cyclists will end their day at 3:45 pm in Ventura County.

The CHP will oversee traffic control during these moving closures.  Electronic message signs will be activated to inform the public about the cyclists and support vehicles.  The public may learn more about this event at:

For traffic updates on other state highways on the Central Coast motorists can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or visit the District 5 website


Jim Shivers, Caltrans District 5, Public Information Officer, (805) 549-3237

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