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About Hot Springs Creek Beach at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California

Hot Springs Creek Beach is at the bottom of Hot Springs Canyon in the Big Sur coastal region. Currently this entire property is owned by the non-profit Esalen Institute which operates a retreat here for self-learning and healing. This is a full-service facility with lodging and dining for guests who are participating in workshops and educational programs. Esalen has a spa, hot springs, bookstore, farm and garden, and an art center.

The name Esalen comes from the Esselen native tribe that lived in this area for about 10,000 years before being forced out by missionaries. Archaeologists have found many historical native sites near the creek canyon and Slate Hot Springs.

The shoreline below the institute is rugged and rocky to say the least. Unfortunately there are few easy access sandy beaches nearby. Pfeiffer Beach is about a 15 mile drive to the north and Limekiln State Park is about 11 miles to the south.

55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
Park Name
Esalen Institute
Other Names
Esalen Beach
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the property
Fees for workshops and other programs
Hot Springs Soaking, Spa, Massage, Workshops
Retreat, Hot Springs
Map of Hot Springs Creek Beach at Esalen Institute
Monterey, US
2:07 am, April 24, 2024
temperature icon 51°F
L: 51° H: 61°
Feels like 49.35 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:20 am
Sunset: 7:47 pm
Humidity 84 %
Pressure1019 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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