California Poppies, Big Sur Coast, spring is an amazing time to experience this iconic drive. The name Big Sur was historically derived from the unexplored and unmapped wilderness area along the coast south of Monterey: El Sur Grande. Sur means south in Spanish, Grande means big. Grand has other inferences as well including magnificent, imposing, impressive, awe-inspiring, splendid, resplendent, majestic, monumental. Big Sur is grand, no doubt about it.
Designated an All-American Road; among the nation's most scenic, the drive encompasses both the Big Sur Coast Highway and the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway.