RAGGED POINT, CALIFORNIA IN BIG SUR


 

Ragged Point is located 15 miles north of San Simeonn's Hearst Castle and  midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco in San Luis Obispo County in a mountain region called Big Sur.  Big Sur is a steep stretch of California Coastline where the roads sit atop the mountains, providing spectacular vistas to the Pacific Ocean, whales, dolphins and sheer drops to rocks or small sand beaches below. Some regions offer trails to the beach for those physically fit and wearing sturdy hiking shoes.


Ragged Point is one of the small communities making up Big Sur. Ragged Point is comprised of a privately owned property  where travelers are welcomed  with gourmet dining, a gas station, hotel, wedding facility, hiking trail and outdoor cafe with an espresso bar.  Towering high above the Pacific on a promontory with 400 foot sheer cliffs, Ragged Point offers one of the finest ocean vistas in the world, often called the "Million Dollar View". One of the few places on this coast with a trail down the face of a cliff, it also boasts the largest waterfall on the Big Sur coast.


Though the trail is sometimes closed due weather conditions such as strong winds the day the photo above was taken, the trail to the beach at the base of the cliffs is short (1/2 mile).  Few tourists are willing to brave the trail with it's 400 foot change in elevation. It is not recommended for small children and those fearing heights. Views of the beach below are spectacular as are the ever changing views of the cliffs to the north. This cliff face is well watered and lush in vegetation but makes the trail somewhat slippery. The beach has dark colored and common to this section of coast. The view of the cliffs is imposing looking from the bottom up.

 

One of the most commonly asked questions on the internet is, "Where are the most scenic views for a California wedding?"  Ragged Point would fit the bill for such requests. For decades, there has been great demand for Ragged Point as an outdoor wedding venue.  Several years ago, a beautiful wedding pagoda was constructed and a full service wedding department was added to the services offered by Ragged Point Inn 20-unit lodge on the edge of a cliff.  For weddings, contact the Ragged Point Inn and Resort at 805-927-5708. Address: 19019 Highway One, Ragged Point, CA 93452

Patio

Ragged Point  once tickled the fancy of carnival owner Monte Young. He had two gas pumps, a few trailers and a flashing neon sign, which said "EAT", according to proprietors Wiley and Mildred Ramey. They bought the roadside business from him in 1961and for over 30 years, have modified and redesigned Ragged Point to fit the tastes and needs of travelers. Contemporary but classic in its approach, the decor and atmosphere are casual. Patios, dining areas and the wedding gazebo overlooking the ocean are not ostentatious but blend with grace and comfort into the natural environment. The Ragged Point Restaurant features the freshest ingredients and creativity discriminating travelers have come to expect.  Salads are served with dressings such as Raspberry Walnut and smoothies with fresh fruits are a popular midday thirst quencher. Casual outdoor dining  and an espresso bar,  gift shop, convenience store, gas station, horseback riding and countless photo opportunities are available, as well. 

Before the Ramey's were around, however, native Americans dominated the coastal stretch from present day Cayucos to San Carpoforo (near Ragged Point)  for nearly 10,000 years.  'Playano' ( Spanish for beach people) coastal residents shared a common language known as 'hokan', with intermarriage, trade and commerce common amongst the Chumash, Salinan and Esalen native groups. Native Americans continue to live in the region today.

 

Along some 20 miles of glorious shore, the view from two-lane Highway 1 is open in all directions, almost entirely free of manmade structures except for the few stops such as Ragged Point. The Santa Lucia Mountains parallel the central California coast. For a stretch of about 100 miles, starting at Ragged Point in the south, and ending at Big Sur  in the north, the mountains drop straight into the ocean forming an almost unbroken line of cliffs the entire distance. In a fabulous engineering feat, Highway 1 has been built onto the cliffs generally about 400 feet above the water. This section of Highway 1 is considered by many to be the finest scenic drive in the world.

 

California's central coast is a mountainous region with remarkably sharp drops to sea level; one of the most dramatic meetings of land and sea in the world. Relatively undeveloped and pristine, the region has a moderate climate with average temperatures ranging between 65-85 degrees in summer, and 50-70 degrees in winter. The Big Sur region has an average of 300+ days of sunshine, yearly. Seasonal rain is generally between November and March, with clear, warm weather between rainfalls. The area is a natural refuge for a variety of wildlife.

 

BIG SUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PO BOX 87 BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA 93920 Telephone: (831) 667-2100 Hours: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday  

 



Ragged Point, California Southern Gateway to Big Sur
Ragged Point, Southern Gateway to Big Sur


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