Big Sur Books and Videos

by on December 6, 2011

The stunning coastline of Big Sur, as outlined in our post on Driving Big Sur and the Pacific Coast Highway, is the cornerstone of a trip to Central California. Forget the zoo, the Hollywood sign, and Disney Land: this is the main attraction of the California Coast, and should be part of any trip to the Golden State!

On this page, we’ll review some of the best Big Sur books, all which have received excellent reviews from readers. Some are coffee table books, some are informational guides, but all are incredibly useful, mesmerizingly scenic, and great ways to remember your trip or help plan your next one.


From the Carmel River in the north to Hearst Castle in the south and inland through the vast Ventana Wilderness, Big Sur’s diverse landscape and breathtaking views offer countless opportunities for fun and adventure.


I have this book and can tell you it is an incredible pictorial of the coastline unlike many of the other books out there. This book does Big Sur justice, and gives some insider info on the coast. It’s large and “coffee table” style, a great book to keep out for guests to flip through.


Here from the celebrated California restaurant Big Sur Bakery is a stunningly photographed cookbook showcasing seasonal ingredients, local vintners, fishermen, and farmers-and the food that makes the Big Sur Bakery unique.


Photos and words cannot describe the sublime scenery of Big Sur. This video, “Surreel Moments” manages to capture some of the surreal splendor of the coastline. The great thing about this video? There’s no music or narration, just the natural sounds of Big Sur to enjoy. While you might have a tough time finding the wildlife in person, this video compresses many visits together to give shots of nature’s creatures in the scenery.

Looking for more information about Big Sur? Read our guide, and drive the amazing beauty of California’s scenic Coastal Highway, Route 1, in Big Sur. Find driving tips, photos, videos and recommendations here.

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