A Guide to California's Big Sur

Big Sur: Other Information

In an Emergency

In an emergency, dial 911 on any conventional or cellular phone along the Big Sur coast. The Big Sur area is served by 24-hour emergency response units.

Medical Services

Supporting organizations

The following organizations support Big Sur in various ways:

Dogs and other pets in Big Sur

The State Parks Web site includes some Web pages on the subject of dogs and other pets in the Big Sur area state parks and national forest lands:

Some lodging providers may permit dogs and other pets in some of their rooms or cabins. Ask each provider what is available.

Weather and Climate


Contact the California State Department of Fish and Game (831.649.2870) for regulations and season dates, which may change frequently. All anglers 16 years of age and older must have a valid California Fishing License in their possession while fishing.

See this Guide's list of fishing locations in the Big Sur region.


The Big Sur region is a popular location for weddings. If you'd like your wedding to be in or near the Big Sur Valley area, the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce can be helpful in locating facilities, personnel, and services for you. You can obtain a California marriage license in the city of Salinas [ county recorder Web page ], in the city of San Luis Obispo [ county clerk Web page ], or in other public facilities in the state.

Local radio

KUSP-FM, a community radio station based in Santa Cruz, provides (by means of two repeaters) the only broadcast radio signal available in much of the Big Sur region. From Carmel Highlands to Point Sur and in Palo Colorado Canyon (including Bottchers Gap), KUSP-FM can be heard at 91.3 FM. In the Big Sur Valley area and south as far as Gorda, it can be heard at 105.9 FM.

You can listen to KUSP-FM's streaming audio feed from anywhere in the world.

Web links

Here are links to other useful sites concerning the Big Sur area:

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April 2009
looking north from Rocky Creek Bridge View from Burns North Vista Point Evening view from Nepenthe Restaurant

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