At roughly 13,000 square miles, the Central Coast would take 8-10 hours to drive straight through. In order to experience everything the charming coastal and rural communities have to offer, we recommend spending at least 2-4 days in each region. With abundant outdoor activities, the Central Coast is about taking the time to enjoy. 
And it’s worth every second.

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Central Coast Road Conditions & Highway Information

Road conditions are subject to change with seasons and closures. Please check Cal Trans for current status.

April 2024: Big Sur is currently inaccessible via inbound vehicle traffic on HWY 1, with full closures at Palo Colorado (12 miles south of Carmel) and Limekiln Creek Bridge, 46 miles north of Cambria. Open dates are undetermined and conditions are evolving.

Until Big Sur reopens again, there are plenty of other open roads throughout the Central Coast for you to enjoy and discover!

Cal Trans Road Conditions Quick Map

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