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San Diego, California
December 4, 2005
From journal San Diego to Big Sur (California)
November 12, 2005
As luck would have it, we stumbled upon Ventana only after being turned away from the state park campgrounds that were sold out long before we pulled in. While slightly more expensive than your average campsite, Ventana is the place to stay while camping in Big Sur. The state parks nearby are tempting, but Ventana's pure scenic beauty will knock your socks off within the first minute of entering the compound.
Thanks to the canyon slopes, the terraced sites have a good sense of privacy while still close to neighboring campsites. Trash cans, water, and three bathhouses are conveniently located and easy to reach. We had no doubt that Ventana's shower facilities were significantly cleaner and well maintained than their state park counterparts. Security also patrolled the grounds to make sure visitors honored the quiet hours as well as the campfire restrictions (unattended fires are strictly prohibited).
While not always necessary, it best to make reservations in advance due to the minimal number of campsites located in the entire Big Sur region. Due to the mild climate, campgrounds are in demand year-round, however spring to fall is the peak season.
From journal Slowing Down in Big Sur