Driving through Big Sur

Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast

From San Francisco and the Bay Area, Peter and I drove down Highway 1 and through Big Sur on our way to Cayucos in the Central Coast of California. Big Sur was absolutely beautiful. It was my first time seeing that part of California and I didn’t really know what to expect. Despite the fact that I fell asleep for a short portion of the ride early on (Pete claims it was hours, but I swear it was 30 minutes or less!) it was so nice having a bit of a road trip.

Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast

Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast

Damn you self timer

It has been years since I had my own car (I miss you Whiskers! — yes that was my car’s name… she was quick, like a cat) and even though Peter did not let me drive while we were in California, I still loved being back in the car as the co-pilot.

PS. While I’m not the best navigator, I am excellent at feeding the driver food while they drive. So I think this still makes me a wonderful co-pilot

We made a few stops for snacks and food along the way– Taco Bell and hot fries anyone? And made even more stops for photos and some exploration. This drive is definitely not for anyone who is in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B. With views like this, honestly who would want to?

Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coastDriving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast

The only minor slip up we had during the trip was when Peter and I stopped to check out one of the many beaches. I was somewhat worried about slipping on the rocks in my flimsy sandals and I did have good reason to be scared of the water.

Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast

Yikes.

I was not too happy about that at the time since my clothes and I were now covered in saltwater, but now looking back it did make for excellent photos. The entire time Peter kept saying, move back…move back…(closer to the waves). I remember saying “I’m going to get wet!” And Peter replying with, “No you won’t” just before that massive wave hit. I tried to run when I saw it coming but again…slippery rocks…

Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast

Oh well! 

Our last stop before pulling in to Cayucos were to see the elephant seals in Cambria. As we were driving up, Peter pointed out all the seals on the beach and all I could see were “rocks” When we got out of the car and got closer, I realized those weren’t rocks.

Holy shit those are a lot of elephant seals (see my instagram post here for a better view)

Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast

I’m so glad we decided to take the scenic route and not rush the drive to Cayucos. There was so much to see and even more that I’m sure we didn’t get a chance to eat/see/do. On another trip to the area I’d love to stay in one of the lodges or do some camping in Big Sur. 

Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos along Highway 1 along California's coast

**note that the awesome photos in this post were taken by Peter

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Driving through Big Sur - The drive from San Francisco to Cayucos on Highway 1 along California's coast

  • I love that part of California. Your pictures are beautiful. That wave video is a keeper!! Stacie xo

  • I pinned this for when go! I love these pics- especially the wave one 🙂

    elle

    Southern Elle Style

    • Thank you for pinning! I was not happy about that wave at the time but it makes for good photos/gifs I guess haha