Although technically a part of Northern California, we felt Big Sur deserved its own section. When it comes to disconnecting, this location is the Holy Grail.
The beauty of this destination—beyond the jaw-dropping views around every single corner—is that just about anywhere you go in Big Sur is off the grid. Cell service is practically non-existent, internet is spotty at best and there are many, many options to get outside to camp and hike.
Esalen is a world-renowned retreat that offers up just about anything and everything needed to disconnect from the daily pressures of life and do something for your own personal growth. Yoga, hiking, cooking and a range of daily workshops are just the tip of the iceberg here.
If you’ve always dreamed of staying in a yurt, then Treebones Resort is your spot. Elevate (literally) your experience by opting to hang out in the nest. Overnights are allowed in this piece of art, but only if weather conditions allow for it—you are, after all, spending time in a giant, open-air camp spot, a stone’s throw from the wildest coast California has to offer.
For those looking for a more introspective, spiritual experience, check out New Camaldoli Hermitage. With 360-degree views of the Big Sur coastline, the minute you step foot on the grounds (you can walk the grounds without booking a stay here) you’ll understand the meaning of “peace and quiet.”
In fact, you might even think you’ve stumbled upon an abandoned village at the top of this very steep, winding road. Keep in mind that everyone here talks in whispers if at all, so respect the tranquility of this one-of-a-kind location if you decide to go.
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