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.

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REOPENING: The section of HWY 1 used to access Big Sur from the north at Palo Colorado, 12 miles south of Carmel, is set to reopen to two-way traffic beginning Friday, May 17, 2024 at 6:30 am. For more information, check the press release.

CLOSURE: HWY 1 is closed to southern access to Big Sur at Limekiln Creek Bridge, 46 miles north of Cambria. Open dates are undetermined and conditions are evolving.

There are plenty of other alternatives and open roads throughout the Central Coast for you to enjoy and discover!