What is the best time of year to visit Big Sur?
Big Sur is “open” year round. Many tourists visit in the high-season (April-October), when the weather is at its warmest and all facilities are open. Others visit during mid-season (February-March, and November-December), when most facilities are open and the weather is often wonderful, but can be punctuated with rain showers.
The off peak season is also a great time to come to Big Sur because though because there is less fog, fewer visitors, and lodging is more affordable. Most businesses are open off season, but with shortened hours. There are many clear, beautiful days in December, and when the weather does visit it is a remarkable experience to view the rainstorms over the ocean from the warm confines of your cabin or the lodge.
Is there always fog?
The short answer: No! The fog tends to cycle in and out, and paradoxically, is most dominant in the high season. Even then, it will often retreat late morning. There are some day excursions into the heart of Big Sur that are always clear of fog. There’s less chance of encountering fog in the mid and off-peak seasons.
What is there to do in Big Sur?
Everything. And nothing. A vast, seemingly untouched world awaits your gaze from the comfort of your motel room or vehicle, or experience the wonder of Big Sur directly via walks, hikes and side roads. Click here to learn more.
Tell me more about what it’s like to stay at Lucia lodge?
Think “homey” and “rustic” when you think of Lucia Lodge. Think of warm, cozy, updated rooms with comfortable beds. Think of close-up, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains. We are not the five-star resort found further up the road in Big Sur Valley.
We are the easy, relaxed, friendly inn that many return to each year.
The lodge is centrally located on the coast with access to the Big Sur Valley, the interior of Big Sur, and famous Hearst Castle all within an hour’s drive*.
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