Cast a Line into the Pacific
Once You’ve Pitched Your Tent: Make for a barren beachhead for some surfcasting, as the waters are brimming with lingcod and brown rockfish. In total, there are 11 beachside sites ($35/night) that are never crowded—something you can’t say for the area’s close neighbors.
“Limekin’s a little farther down than all the popular areas of Big Sur, but what’s great is that you can access all the same activities,” says Schnitzspahn. By that, he means you can do as much surfing, boogie boarding, and trail hiking at the 716-acre Limekiln (located halfway between the towns of Carmel and San Luis Obispo) as you can handle.
Post-Trip Indulgence: The beer-battered fish and chips at the Firestone Walker Brewing Co., which is 90 miles down the road. Pair it with the best in-house beer, Union Jack IPA.