5) At Big Sur's Andrew Molera State Park, visitors can walk along the stony shore or scramble atop boulders.
A pleasant beach option, Andrew Molera State Park, lies at the north end of Big Sur.
The heart of the region is about 3 1/2 hours south of San Francisco and 6 hours north of Los Angeles, with: the greatest concentration of lodging and services between Andrew Molera State Park
and Julia Pfeifter Burns State Park.
Garrapata State Park and Soberanes State Park remain open; Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Andrew Molera State Park
and Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park are closed.
Best on the coast Andrew Molera State Park
Walk-In, Big Sur.
That makes broad beaches rare here, but there are exceptions, and the largest can be found in Andrew Molera State Park
Andrew Molera State Park
, 667-2315: walk-in tent-camping area in meadow; first-come basis; 50 cents per person.
To the south, the 8,814-acre Rancho El Sur grant passed through several owners, including Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado, finally coming into the hands of Captain John Rogers Cooper, whose family legacy is preserved today through the Andrew Molera State Park (named for Cooper's grandson).
In 1968, the Molera family sold 2,200 acres of the original Cooper land grant to The Nature Conservancy, which held the beachfront property until the state could finance its purchase for the Andrew Molera State Park.
We ate lunch at a superb overlook of the coastline at Andrew Molera State Park
, where far below we could see an otter swimming on its back while wrestling with a morsel of some kind as sea gulls massed above, bent on thievery.
The Ventana Wildlife Society offices in Andrew Molera State Park
will also reopen shortly.
The Ventana Wildlife Society Research and Education Center was established in Big Sur's Andrew Molera State Park
in January 1992.