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Ragged Point
Vacation Travel Guide

Take in one of the Big Sur coast’s finest views from high above the water or hike down a cliff-side trail to see the impressive Black Swift Falls.

Ragged Point is a craggy promontory that juts 400 feet (122 meters) above the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Acclaimed as one of the Big Sur Coast Highway’s best views, the Ragged Point vista presents an awe-inspiring ocean outlook. See towering cliffs plunge dramatically into the sea, bombarded by the roaring ocean waves. Hike down a trail that picks a narrow path down the cliff and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of one of the Big Sur coast’s largest waterfalls.

Spend some time strolling around the Ragged Point cliff-top area, taking in the expansive views that sweep up and down the coast. Peer through the trees to the shrubs that cling to the steep cliffs and look down on the swirling waters of the cove below. You’ll see a trail of rock formations jutting out of the water offshore. Snap photographs of the magnificent vista or point your camera toward the cliff face, which takes on a different hue with the setting and rising of the sun.

If you are feeling up to the challenge, follow the 0.6-mile (1-kilometer) trail that zigzags through the vegetated cliffs to the black-sand beach below. From the trail, you’ll have the best vantage point for seeing Black Swift Falls. This breathtaking waterfall plunges 300 feet (90 meters) from the headlands cleaved by Young Creek. Ensure you have sturdy walking shoes, as well as sun protection and drinking water, if you intend to embark on the hike.

The Ragged Point Vista is approximately a 20-minute drive from San Simeon. It’s a popular place for visitors exploring the Big Sur Coast Highway to stop and take a moment to appreciate the views. Bring some lunch to enjoy on the sheltered picnic tables or pick up a quick snack from the kiosk. An inn, restaurant and wine bar are also located near the lookout. Parking is available on site. While in the area, check out the backcountry trails of Big Sur Ranch, Salmon Creek Falls and the Elephant Seal Rookery.

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Ragged Point Inn and Resort
Ragged Point Inn and Resort
3 out of 5
19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point, San Simeon, CA
The price is $209 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in San Simeon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Silver Peak Wilderness and Ragged Point. San Simeon State Park and Salmon Creek Falls Trail are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (530 reviews)

"as soon as I opened the door to the deluxe cliffhouse room the back window had the wooden shades drawn so you could be teased by the spectacular view. I immediately walked to open the back door to see more. it had a built in bench on the patio to sit if it rained or two wooden lounge chairs to enjoy ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Ragged Point Inn and Resort
Tuscan Villa - #ss2
Tuscan Villa - #ss2
San Simeon, CA
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Situated by the ocean, this villa is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from San Simeon State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and Elephant Seal Rookery. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)
Beautiful place, a bit tired, could use better management

"The directions to the house were not completely accurate leaving us scrambling for a time, but we worked it out. Possibly arriving before dark would solve this problem as the house is very distinctive. The house is true to pictures. Quite grand and the photos don’t do justice to the proximity to ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

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Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
3.5 out of 5
9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA
The price is $129 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this San Simeon hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cambria State Marine Park and San Simeon State Park. William Randolph Hearst State ...

4.2/5Very Good! (976 reviews)

"I love this place. GREAT view, and Dog friendly. We visit every year at least one time. The restaurant: food sucks, service is not so friendly. In room coffee, yuck, bring your own Keurig cups, they have the Keurig single machine, but bring Water. Great location for everything from hiking to Cambria ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
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Ragged Point Inn and Resort
Ragged Point Inn and Resort
3 out of 5
19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point, San Simeon, CA
The price is $209 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Ragged Point Inn and Resort
Tuscan Villa - #ss2
Tuscan Villa - #ss2
San Simeon, CA
Tuscan Villa - #ss2
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
3.5 out of 5
9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA
The price is $129 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
The Morgan Hotel San Simeon
The Morgan Hotel San Simeon
3.5 out of 5
9135 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA
The price is $99 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
The Morgan Hotel San Simeon
San Simeon Lodge
San Simeon Lodge
2.5 out of 5
9520 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, CA
The price is $45 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
San Simeon Lodge
Pelican Inn & Suites
Pelican Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
6316 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA
The price is $119 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Pelican Inn & Suites
El Colibri Hotel & Spa
El Colibri Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
5620 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA
The price is $112 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
El Colibri Hotel & Spa
FogCatcher Inn
FogCatcher Inn
3 out of 5
6400 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA
The price is $118 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
FogCatcher Inn
Silver Surf Motel
Silver Surf Motel
2 out of 5
9390 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA
The price is $49 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Silver Surf Motel
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