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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.
Luxurious Suite at Hyatt Highlands Inn
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.
Price: $325 per night
Beautiful Guesthouse in Carmel
This guesthouse in Carmel is ideal for spending several days removed from the metros. The dedicated workspace looks out into the jungle just north of Big Sur, and as it’s the bottom level of a large house, you’ll enjoy plenty of space and easy access to Carmel. The space is bright, the WiFi is strong, and the home is affordable for longer-term stays of a week or more. No matter how long you book for, the panoramic views from the living room are sure to have you pining for an extra week.
Price: $104 per night
Spectacular Horizon/Ocean View Guesthouse
Ten minutes south of Carmel Highlands is this secluded retreat designed to accomplish everything a remote worker needs — fueling productivity with fast internet, expansive views of hills and sea, and easy access to cafes and dining. Not only is this spot moments from the water, but it’s also right near hiking and biking trails, Point Lobos Park, and multiple wineries. The host encourages longer stays and offers a dedicated workspace for guests, though you may find yourself tempted to set up shop on the balcony overlooking the ocean.
Price: $361 per night
Big Sur Goat Farm w/ Ocean Views
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.
Price: $650 per night
Spectacular Carmel Coast House
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.
Price: $525 per night
An affordable getaway for one or up to four remote workers, this cabin is built high in the hills outside of Palo Colorado Canyon north of Big Sur village. The most unique feature of this cabin is the outdoor bathtub, a great way to relax after a day’s work or post-outdoor exploration. Watch the stars from the deck (or the tub) in the evenings and get to work in the mornings with little to distract you but the trees.
Price: $155 per night
Big Sur Dream Home
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.
$374 per night