Best Time To Visit Big Sur Area (CA, Central Coast)

Big Sur Coast, California

Big Sur lies between Carmel and San Simeon, in the California Central Coast, located in the United States. It is a tourist hotspot, known for its several state parks for hiking, beach combing, camping, and other leisure activities. Geographically, it is mainly rugged and mountainous. To make the most of your visit to this portion of California’s beautiful coast, you need to know the perfect time and season for a trip.

When is the best time to visit Big Sur?

The best time to visit this area at the coast of California is during its peak season, which runs from April to October (Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons).

Big Sur: Climate Information

Big Sur enjoys up to 300 days of sunshine in a year. Due to it’s geographical differences, temperatures may vary. Its coldest month is January’s winter, with temperatures averaging 50.2oF. Its warmest, is September’s summer, with temperatures peaking at 61.0oF. July constitutes its driest month, with 1mm of rainfall. Annual rainfall is at 911mm/35.9 inches.


Beginning in early March and lasting up till May, spring season in Big Sur, is lovely; it ushers in color and style to the area’s wildflowers, plants, and other foliage, and is usually regarded as its most beautiful season. Visitors arriving during spring usually acknowledge that Big Sur is indeed filled with amazing flora, such as the wild iris, the Lupine and California poppies, willows, and calla lilies. You wouldn’t want to miss seeing the 10 parks along the Big Sur coast this season, and hike along Pfeiffer Falls Trail and Valley View Trail. Visitors can check out extraordinary happenings of nature, such as the birth of young sea otter pups, and the gray whale migration, usually occurring in March. From mid spring in April, till the fall in October, constitute the best time to visit Big Sur.


The region’s parks and summer societies offer a lot of activities during the summer season in Big Sur, making it the busiest time of the year. Its local restaurants, resorts and other businesses are fully open at this time. This is the height of its tourist season, which means lodging and accommodation prices are relatively higher, nevertheless, ensure to book in advance and arrive early to beat the crowds. Summer season offers visitors optimum temperatures to enjoy its activities. Crowds and tourists begin to disperse, (some to the mountains) at the end of August and the first few days of September. Rainfall is relatively low, and the temperatures drop too, which makes it the perfect time to hike the mountains, and wander along the coast. Coastal fog lasts much longer, sometimes as long as midday. Temperatures are also cooler on the coast when compared to the mountains, so it’s probably best to bring extra layers of clothing, or a jacket for your trip.


Fall takes over as summer passes, beginning in September and lasting till November. The temperatures remain around the 70s till October, with inland temps reaching the mid 60s, and that of the coast around the 40s. Temperatures this season are still favorable for outdoor fun. Crowds are usually much lesser during fall when compared to the summer months; with the numbers thinning out gradually as the rainy winter season begins to arrive, and this affords another opportunity to bask in its vast wilderness. Fall also offers tourists and residents a great wildlife experience and activity. Pfeiffer Big Sur state park still has lots of activities for tourists this season, including educational programs for youth, camp fires, and nature walks. The weather is just great, with abundant sunshine and a clear atmosphere. The fog goes away early too, which gives you another reason to go out on the water, perhaps.


Winter season proper begins from December, and ends in February. in Big Sur, with January kicking off the rains for the year. For those looking for snow sport, and also would love to get great deals on accommodation, winter is the preferred time. Restaurants, resorts, Andre Molera State Park, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, as well as other businesses are still open this season, but with lesser working hours. Winter is considered to be Big Sur’s rainy season, as much of its rainfall occurs this period of the year. Crowds and tourists are probably all gone, so if you wish to have Big Sur all to yourself, now would seem the perfect time. If you are interested in stargazing, then its great for you too, because the summer fogs are all gone, and the sky is clear at night, with the moon and stars very visible.

Big Sur, CA: Seasonal Events


  • Big Sur Foragers Festival.
  • Whale Watching and Condor Spotting (Weekends)
  • Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
  • Fernwood Campground and Resorts Music Shows


  • Fernwood Campground and Resorts Music Shows
  • Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
  • Whale Watching and Condor Spotting During The Weekends


  • Big Sur International Marathon in April
  • Big Sur Jade Festival in October
  • Big Sur Fall Harvest Crafts Fair in November


  • Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
  • Fernwood Campground and Resorts Music Shows
  • The Big Sur International Marathon.


  • Big Sur Historical Society Program (Weekends)
  • Fernwood Campground and Resorts Music Shows


  • Big Sur Historical Society Program (Weekends)
  • Fernwood Campground and Resorts Music Shows
  • Big Sur Marathon Foundation’s Run In The Name of Love


State Parks Program
Fernwood Campground and Resorts Music Shows


  • State Parks Program
  • Fernwood Campground and Resorts


  • Point Sur Lighthouse Tours


  • Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
  • Annual Big Sur Jade Festival
  • Annual Big Sur River Run
  • Nepenthe Halloween Bal Masque.


  • Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
  • Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
  • Monterey Bay Half Marathon
  • Big Sur Harvest Fair


  • Point Sur Lighthouse Tours

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