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.

Cal Trans Road Conditions Quick Map

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CLOSURE: A 6.8 mile segment of Highway 1 is closed from the Turnout South of Vicente Creek to Turnout South of Lime Creek due to ongoing repairs at Regent’s Slide. Access from the northern part of Big Sur to southern Big Sur via Highway 1 is not open at this time. Please visit the CalTrans map above and find more information here.