Just because HWY 1 is closed north of Ragged Point doesn’t mean the area doesn’t deserve some of your time.
Look at it the other way: HWY 1 is open all the way to Ragged Point, which means there are lots of adventures to be had between SLO and Ragged Point.
First Stop is Morro Bay. Pull over and walk the embarcadero, or park over by the commercial marina and enjoy some awesome fresh seafood at Giovanni’s or food and wine at STAX wine bar. Either way you are seaside and able to enjoy the great sea views – including our own little Gibralter by the name of Morro Rock. Walk the walking path that takes you to Morro Rock – you can’t miss it!
Next up is Cayucos. This little beach town looks like it was lost in time – like, back in the 70’s. There is a wonderful old pier for fishing and lots of restaurants and antique shops. My favorite, however, is the “Brown Butter Sugar Company”. Stay on the main drag and head North. You’ll find the cookie company on the right side of the street where the staff will be mixing and rolling their delicious cookies. While they offer several varieties, be sure to try “The Original”. Yummy!
Next along the route is the quaint town of Cambria. Cambria is an artist community, so you’ll find plenty of art galleries and practicing artists. Park on Main Street and take a walk to enjoy the many shops and galleries. For lunch, try Robin’s Restaurant.
Follow Hwy 1 to San Simeon where you’ll find the famous Hearst Castle. The Castle is worth a whole day of tours and exploring. Be sure to see the IMAX Movie, too!
Another 6 miles up the road in Winter you’ll find the birthing grounds of the gigantic elephant seals. Keep your distance, but pull off the highway and gaze at these giants. Males regularly reach 2500 lbs.!
On the last leg of your journey you’ll reach Ragged Point. A most beautiful and pristine spot on HWY 1, just South of Big Sur. Stop here for a hike, for picture taking, lunch or overnight in one of their romantic cliff-side rooms. It’s a special spot and one not to miss.
Just because HWY 1 is closed North of Ragged Point doesn’t mean you should head up that way. Look at all the adventures you can have en route!