Joie de Vivre

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In between the California coast and its rugged wilderness lies a resort ready to weave its own spiritual magic over its guests.

Ventana Inn & Spa brings luxury to nature, while embodying the peaceful essence that is Big Sur.

Whether you come to explore, to romance or to relax, you may very well leave a changed person.

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Map & Directions

For airline travelers, alternate airports include:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), approximately 3 1/2 hours north of Ventana Inn
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC), approximately 2 3/4 hours north of Ventana Inn
  • Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY), approximately 1 hour north of Ventana Inn

From the North

Highway 1 north of Big Sur is currently open with no restrictions. For additional information regarding directions to the resort, contact us at 831.667.2331.

  • Take Hwy 101 south to Hwy 156 in Prunedale
  • Take Hwy 156 west to Hwy 1 in Monterey
  • Follow Hwy 1 south thru Monterey and Carmel
  • Ventana is located 28 miles south of Carmel on the left side of Hwy 1

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  • Take Hwy 280 south
  • Get on Hwy 85 south
  • Take Hwy 101 south to Hwy 156 in Prunedale
  • Take Hwy 156 west to Hwy 1 in Monterey
  • Follow Hwy 1 south thru Monterey and Carmel
  • Ventana is located 28 miles south of Carmel on the left side of Hwy 1

Or

Take Hwy 1 south all the way to Big Sur. This takes much, much longer, but is a beautiful drive.

From the South

  • Take Hwy 101 north through Salinas to Hwy 156 in Prunedale
  • Take Hwy 156 west to Hwy 1 in Monterey
  • Follow Hwy 1 south thru Monterey and Carmel
  • Ventana is located 28 miles south of Carmel on the left side of Hwy 1

Once you arrive in Big Sur, Ventana Inn & Spa will warmly welcome you with its luxurious amenities and extraordinary beauty; it is the ideal retreat after a long drive.

On behalf of the entire team at Ventana Inn & Spa, we would like to extend you a very warm welcome and trust your stay with us will be enjoyable, memorable and comfortable. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, and we will do our best to ensure you have the most up-to-date information as possible.