With the collapse of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and then the landslide to the south on Highway 1, a stretch of the iconic Pacific Coast Highway is now unreachable by cars and has been dubbed “Big Sur Island.” Until the bridge is repaired this fall, visitors are getting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bike along the cliffs on a road sans cars. Biking enthusiasts and novice riders alike are taking advantage of the open road and uninterrupted views of the Central California coast while cruising a car-free PCH.
Hotel Carmel and La Playa Carmel, two of the top boutique properties in nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea, teamed up with Big Sur Adventures to create the perfect weekend adventure, available only for a few months!
This is an extremely rare opportunity to bike an empty HWY 1 and people are already booking their trips.
“Big Sur Island”
How to Get There:
What to Do:
Rent an e-bike from Big Sur Adventures for a half day ($50) or full-day ($75). Enjoy the ride at a relaxing pace, stopping at multiple scenic points for photo opps. The recommended final destination is Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park where visitors can see McWay Falls an 80-foot waterfall that flows year-round as is one of two in California that cascades directly into the ocean. It is a leisurely 2-3 hour, 18-mile ride.
Where to Stay:
opened May 2016 with 27 guestrooms and suites, half of which feature in-room fireplaces, and a modern design and luxurious spa-inspired bathrooms. Pop a cassette into the vintage player and lounge under the stars in the oversized Jacuzzi. Or stay at , a 75-room boutique hotel that was built in 1905 as a private mansion for a member of the San Francisco-based Ghirardelli family. This charming retreat serves a free champagne breakfast buffet daily and offers 10-cent happy hours for 10 minutes every Sunday.