Highway 1 - Wine Coast Country

Highway 1 - Wine Coast CountryGood news! Caltrans officials and Wine Coast Country representatives have informed us that after being closed for more than a week California Highway 1 has reopened.

The winter rock slide, just 42 miles north of San Simeon, Calif. has been cleared and the two-lane highway is now unobstructed. The slide recently closed sections of Highway 1 just north of Limekiln State Park near Big Sur.

California travelers seeking to visit the bucolic coastal communities of Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon — home to Hearst Castle — and Ragged Point are no longer troubled with road closures on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway.

San Simeon, famed as the home of Hearst Castle, boasts miles of rugged coastal land with an elephant seal rookery, day hikes, kite surfing, and kayaking. The community is known for its beachfront and inland accommodations. Hearst Castle soars over San Simeon, while further north, travelers can tour the Piedras Blancas lighthouse or enjoy the vistas at Ragged Point.

Cayucos, renowned for sea glass and its dog-friendly beaches, is also home to hiking, parasailing and surfing, among many other activities.

Cambria is a quaint artisan village with no shortage of activities for the inquisitive traveler, including renowned art galleries, antiquing, quaint B&Bs, cafés and gourmet restaurants, horseback riding, bike rentals, and whale-watching from the enticing two-mile Moonstone Beach boardwalk.

Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo’s coastal communities are home to quaint small towns, abundant scenic beauty, unspoiled beaches, and historic and cultural attractions.

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.