Well known for its stunning beauty, the unincorporated community of Big Sur lies along one of the most famous stretches of the Pacific coast. Big Sur’s northernmost tip is located four miles from Carmel at Point Lobos. Henry Miller– writer, artist, and one of Big Sur’s most famous residents–described the area as “….region where one is always conscious of eloquent science…the face of the Earth as the Creator intended it to look.” Big Sur’ main thoroughfare, Highway 1, offers many roadside turn-outs that overlook the majestic beauty of the coastline.
The Bixby Bridge, a world-famous, 714-foot, single span bridge, is one of the community’s most cherished landmarks. Completed in 1932, the bridge has played an integral part of California’s first Scenic Highway. The Henry Miller Memorial Library is also located in Big Sur. The facility is home to records celebrating the life and work of Miller. The community’s largest annual event is undoubtedly the Big Sur International Marathon. Held each April, the marathon draws athletes from around the world and offers runners the unique experience of running, “In the very edge of the Western World.”