Working from home can be isolating. Especially in busy SoCal and the Bay Area, where it often seems as though the world is moving all around you while you’re glued to your computer screen in that tiny apartment slash home office. We feel you, and we have a suggestion — book an Airbnb in Big Sur, get away for a few days or a few weeks, and jolt your productivity with frequent breaks to surf uncrowded waves, explore new hiking or biking trails, and switch up your usual lunch routine on the Pacific Coast Highway. You have plenty of spaces to choose from, and these are the best Airbnbs in Big Sur for both productivity and recreation.
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The Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel Highlands offers both the privacy of an Airbnb home with the amenities of a hotel resort. The internet is fast, you can post up next to the wood-burning fireplace overlooking the cliffs, or set up poolside surrounded by nature. This is as close as California gets to working remotely in Bali, with the bonus of onsite dining and coffee. In room, you also have a desk, a balcony, and a jacuzzi.
This is a unique craftsman-style Big Sur Airbnb located on Park Hill, offering a distant ocean view. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms on different levels, providing quiet and privacy. The house features custom touches, including original art from local artists, with a hummingbird theme throughout. It’s ideal for nature and art lovers, near nature trails, a park, and a beach. This home includes free wifi and a designated area for you to work remotely, or if you prefer a different approach, the home has a window seat or a deck area with peaceful views for a quiet work day.
Belle Folie is a recently renovated vacation Airbnb in Big Sur comprising a two-bedroom main house and an optional guest house, accommodating up to four adults and one child, each with a minimum 30-night stay. Situated in a serene neighborhood, the property features cottage-style decor, a gas fireplace, and comfortable outdoor seating on the deck. It’s a short stroll to downtown Carmel and a quick drive to the beach, golfing, and local attractions. The main house includes a cozy living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and two bedrooms with accompanying bathrooms. The property is dog-friendly.
Few things are as relaxing as a live animal farm. Work from this cabin in the woods surrounded by chickens, goats, horses, cows, and sheep. Views stretch from the rocky coastline to the surrounding mountains, with easy access to surfing and hiking, though we wouldn’t blame you if you spend most of your non-work time relaxing with the animals. The host lists a bakery, taphouse, and deli all within walking distance.
Listen to the waves crash into the rocks as you work in this two-bedroom house right on the coast. This is a great stay for a small team looking to hunker down and complete a project — the 30-night minimum in place means you’ll have plenty of time for productive work while also being able to enjoy the surf, wine, and trails of nearby Garrapata State Park and the greater Big Sur coast. The house itself features large windows facing the ocean, outdoor seating areas and garden, and space for four guests to sleep in separate beds.
Welcome to Hilltop Retreat, a serene and beautifully updated home perched above Hatton Canyon, offering breathtaking treetop views reminiscent of Big Sur. Despite its tranquil seclusion, this Carmel abode is conveniently close to downtown and the attractions of the Monterey Bay Area. The house features three bedrooms, two baths in the main building, and a separate studio unit, accommodating up to eight guests. There is also a game room/den for entertainment, a well-equipped chef’s kitchen, and a BBQ patio for delicious meals. After a day of exploring, unwind in the hot tub under the stars or gather by the firepit on the patio. This home is the ideal space for remote work as there are many areas throughout the house to work.
Redwood trees serve as the backdrop to your workspace at this full-home rental south of Carmel. A mountain-view hot tub complements the views, while the interior falls somewhere between a treehouse and a luxury mountain cabin. Take lunch out on the deck among the flowers, though the entire home feels outdoors with its perch above the trees and large, unobstructed windows offering views in all directions. The WiFi is fast, and you won’t find a dedicated workspace with a better view.
Experience the best California Dreamin’ in Carmel with this spacious, romantic one-bedroom studio apartment, perfect for two guests. Enjoy the beautiful canyon views from the large private deck. The apartment includes a small bedroom with a single bed, but only two guests and no dogs are permitted. It’s an ideal place to relax, escape and work remotely.The location is, within walking distance of the beach, tennis courts, and the charming town of Carmel, with its dining and shopping options. Also, the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is a short drive away. This studio apartment features high-speed wifi and peace and quiet, perfect for working remotely.
This thoughtfully designed cottage is the perfect stay. This cottage is just a few minutes from town and the ideal spot for someone working remotely. With its 30-night minimum, if you’re looking for some quiet time, reliable wifi speed, and a working area, this home has it all. This Airbnb in Big Sur features a spacious living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and two bedrooms and can accommodate up to four guests.
The Armel Beach Cottage is located on a tranquil and secluded street, Carmelo, off Scenic Drive. This recently renovated three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage in Carmel offers the coziness of a well-appointed beach house. It features two backyard patios with a fireplace, fire pit, built-in grill, and inviting furnishings, providing a perfect setting to unwind while listening to the soothing ocean waves. The cottage is conveniently situated just a minute’s walk from Carmel River Beach and within a mile from downtown Carmel, Ocean Avenue, renowned for its distinctive shops and art galleries.
Check out this ideal serene escape for a couple at the Love Shack, conveniently situated off Highway 1 amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Big Sur and Carmel. This recently renovated studio bungalow offers a fully equipped kitchen, a luxurious soaking tub for two, an outdoor shower, a queen-sized four-poster bed, and a fireplace, all within a shared acre of land. With its whimsical charm and all the essentials for a romantic getaway, this space boasts a prime location that ensures proximity to your desired destinations.
The name “Big Sur” translates to “big south” in Spanish, referring to the region’s location along the southern section of the rugged Central Coast of California.
What is the best month to visit Big Sur?
The best month to visit Big Sur is generally considered to be September. However, the prime visiting season extends from September to November. During this time, the weather in Big Sur is typically pleasant, with sunny days and comfortable temperatures.
Is it better to stay at Big Sur or Carmel by the Sea?
According to Fodor’s Travel, Carmel by the Sea offers a better selection of places to stay, an amazing beach, and better shopping and restaurants. It is a charming seaside town with a lively atmosphere.
On the other hand, Big Sur is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and serene atmosphere. It offers stunning coastal views, picturesque beaches, and majestic redwood forests. Tripadvisor mentions that Big Sur is a 90-mile stretch of coastline south of Carmel.
How long does it take to drive through Big Sur?
The drive through Big Sur can take around 2-3 hours one way, but this can vary depending on traffic and how many stops you make to enjoy the scenery or visit attractions.
What is there to see between Carmel and Big Sur?
Between Carmel and Big Sur, you’ll encounter numerous breathtaking spots, including Bixby Creek Bridge, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Garrapata State Park, and McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.