Big Sur Hotels & Resorts
Gorda Springs Resort in Big Sur, California
Gorda Springs by the Sea is located in the Big Sur area of the winding coastal Highway 1. Just 25 miles north of San Simeon’s Hearst Castle and 65 miles south of Carmel, the spot on the map is tiny but views are beyond compare. The Whale Watchers Cafe, Pacific Market Gift Shop, and romantic ocean view cottages await those wanting to linger as long as possible to enjoy the vistas afforded here.
The town of Gorda Springs does not list its population but 100 people would likely be a generous estimate. Once enjoyed by the Costanoan and Esalen Indian tribes for its natural spring waters, it became a stagecoach stop and was settled in 1878, just in time for the Big Sur gold rush which began around 1880. Gorda became an important mining town bordering the Gorda and Los Burros gold mines.
Since the opening of Highway 1 in 1937, Gorda has been a stopover oasis for millions of travelers. The rich hues of its garden flowers, hills, ocean waters and sky provide the perfect backdrop for nature lovers. Artists and photographers delight in the richness of the blues and aquamarines not seen in coastal waters further south. There are many nearby hiking trails, fishing coves and beaches for surfing and beachcombing (see the beach list below).
Because of its deep waters immediately offshore, Gorda does not have sand beaches for sunbathing. What it is known for is steep cliffs and rocks that provide a sanctuary for elephant seals and birds. Its vistas are perfect for watching the annual migrations of whales.
California Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
- 805-927-3918 or after hours 805-927-4600
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