Glamping In Big Sur: 20 Incredible Ideas

Are you planning a trip to Big Sur and looking for a unique way to immerse yourself in its breathtaking landscapes?

In this blog post we’re diving into the world of glamping (glamorous camping) in Big Sur.

I’m excited to share with you a carefully curated list of the best glamping spots in this stunning region of California.

Below you’ll find a variety of glamping options, from cozy cabins with hot tubs tucked away in the woods to luxury tents and tree houses with all the modern amenities, each offering a unique way to connect with nature without sacrificing comfort.

20 Best Glamping Spots In Big Sur

1. Ventana Big Sur Glamping – Big Sur

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Best for: couples, dog friendly

Ventana offers glamping with safari-style canvas tents equipped with cozy beds, heated blankets, electricity, potable water faucets, and lovely decks with firepits in the middle of a redwood area in the heart of Big Sur.

This place is the perfect mix of nature and luxury.

Dogs are welcome with a fee of $75 per stay, for a maximum of two dogs. This fee includes amenities such as a dog bed, treats, and a water bowl.

Besides the glamping accommodations Ventana also has a resort for those who prefer the hotel standards.

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2. Big Sur Dream Home – Carmel

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Best for: couples

The Big Sur Dream Home is a cute cabin with a hot tub and can be the best accommodation for a couple, looking to enjoy a romantic trip together. The house can host two guests and it offers two bedrooms, two beds, and one bathroom.

The location of the house is blessed with sunlight the entire day, and it offers all the privacy you need. You can sunbathe during the day in the beautiful backyard but you can also admire the stars at night in complete silence.

Note that this property is not recommended for young children and infants. Also, smoking is not allowed, and pets are not allowed either. The policy of the property doesn’t allow parties and events as this is a place for relaxation and a peaceful vacation.

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3. Whalers Cottage Beach Front – Point Lobos

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Best for: families and groups

Whalers Cottage is an old and charming property (over 100 years old) that sits right on a picturesque beach. While the beach itself isn’t suitable for swimming, other swim-friendly beaches are close by.

The cottage comes with a fully equipped kitchen and a relaxing fireplace. It’s close to hiking trails and not far from Carmel (10 minute drive).

Pets are welcome, but there are restrictions on where they can go in the house, and it might be easier to leave them at home.

The property features a backyard with picnic tables and chairs, perfect for outdoor meals or just enjoying the ocean view.

Despite its age, the cottage has modern amenities like updated bathrooms and a kitchen. It’s ideal for a tranquil, nature-filled getaway while still being close to attractions in Carmel, Monterey, and Big Sur.

4. Littlehouse in the Redwoods – Carmel

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Best for: solo travelers and couples

Littlehouse in the Redwoods is just what it sounds – a gorgeous little house in the heart of majestic redwoods. Situated in Carmel, California, this house is close enough to the highway to be easily accessible yet secluded enough to offer you the peace and tranquility.

It has all the needed facilities for a comfortable glamping experience from a cozy bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a kitchen, bathroom and a gorgeous deck with comfortable chairs.

The house is just 10 minutes away from the Bixby Bridge and 19 minutes away from Garrapata Beach. Guests can also go on a hiking trail, as forest and coastal trails are nearby.

It is ideal for short getaways but also for a longer stay as the Big Sur Village is only a few minutes by car, and so is Pfeiffer Beach.

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5. Hip+Cozy RV Glamping Big Sur with a View – Carmel Valley

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Best for: couples and solo travelers

Hip+Cozy RV Glamping is a minimalistic and comfortable RV with everything you need for a short (or more extended) vacation. Located in the beautiful area of Carmel Valley, this RV is surrounded by mountains and forests that will fascinate you and give you plenty of opportunities to snap amazing pictures.

Both the bedroom and the kitchen are fully furnished with all the amenities, and the property is pet-friendly. Among the facilities you will appreciate the air conditioning and free Wifi.

Being so close to the best wineries in Carmel Valley, it is the perfect glamping accommodation for those who want to indulge in wine tasting. Galante Vineyards is only 16 minutes walk away, and Bernardus Winery, as well as Parsonage Estate Winery are within a 15-minute drive.

The place is secluded and quiet, so you will not be bothered by any urban noise.

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6. Big Sur Campground And Cabins – Big Sur

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Best for: small groups

Big Sur Campground And Cabins features cabins and a-frames with mountain and river views.

Each cabin is equipped with outdoor furniture and fireplaces.

The property is a short drive away from hiking trails.

There is no wifi or cell service. There is a minimarket at the campground.

The cabins are located pretty close to each other so there is not much privacy. If you are choosing a spot for a romantic getaway this is not it.

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7. Gorgeous Secluded Treehouse with Spectacular Views – Carmel Valley

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Best for: couples, girls weekend, families, small groups

Gorgeous Secluded Treehouse is a unique property with really spectacular views. It’s a bit remote, with a winding road leading to it. But it is so quiet and peacefull, that it’s totally worth it.

The property has a gas fireplace. There are hiking trails nearby. And it’s also close to the vineyards

Carmel Valley Village is a 7 min down the hill from the house with many restaurants and wine tasting rooms.

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8. Romantic Tree House With Hot Tub – Carmel Valley

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Best for: couples, solo retreat

This Romantic Tree House is a perfect spot for a quiet weekend away from the city. It’s rustic but comfortable. It has a deck with a private hot tub, barbecue grill and incredible views.

If you choose this place for your stay make sure to follow the host’s check-in instruction for finding the property, because it’s a bit tricky. And plan your arrival during the day, because getting there through winding country roads may not be the best decision.

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9. Rejuvenating Off-The-Grid Tiny House – Carmel Valley

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Best for: couples, adults with pets

If you are fascinated by the off-the-grid living idea, the Rejuvenating Tiny House in Carmel Valley, California, will be your corner of heaven. It is surrounded by mountains, lavender fields, woodlands of oak and a charming creek.

This 400-square-foot cabin is located on a property of 10 acres. You will find all the appliances you need in the kitchen. Everything works on solar energy, the stove uses propane, and the water comes from a local well. A ceiling fan and AC unit ensure air circulation around the house and offer you the ideal temperature.

It is the perfect tiny house if you want to connect with Mother Nature, enjoy some fascinating stargazing evenings and a fresh mountain breeze, and relax in a hammock.

And if you want to check out the surroundings, you will find Carmel Valley Village, only 20-minute drive away with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops.

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10. Cozy Rustic Cabin Retreat – Carmel Valley

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Best for: couples, families, solo travelers

The Cozy Rustic Cabin Retreat offers you a home away from home. Besides the fact that this cabin is ideal if you are looking for a comfortable retreat, it is also very close to the wine tasting rooms in Carmel Valley.

The kitchen is fully furnished – has a stove, dishwasher and microwave. There is also a washer, dryer and wood stove.

Don’t be surprised if your favorite spot will be the patio, from where you can admire the mountains and enjoy the birds singing as you sip your morning coffee. Another special touch of this place is the wildlife that you can witness, from bunnies and deer to different bird species.

The property is pet-friendly.

If you want to take a trip to check out the surroundings, you can get to Bernardus Winery Tasting Room, Joullian Vineyards and Heller Estate Organic Vineyards on foot, so that you can taste some of the best wine in the area.

11. Treebones – South Big Sur

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Best for: families and groups

Treebones Resort is a glamping oasis with yurts, tents, and twig huts located South of Big Sur that offers you a relaxing experience right by the coastline. This resort blends the rustic exterior of the yurts with comfy amenities indoors such as queen size beds, heaters and sinks, offering you everything you need.

The Resort has 2 restaurants – The Lodge Restaurant (focusing on local, seasonal ingredients, with indoor and outdoor dining options featuring ocean views and a wood-burning fireplace), and The Sushi Bar with an exclusive Omakase experience with a fifteen-course tasting menu.

Treebones is off grid. They produce their own limited power, therefore unable to charge electric vehicles. So keep that in mind. There is also no cell phone reception. But there is an outdoor pay phone. 

While the north hw1 is remains closed the resort is accessible from hw1-south.

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12. Saddle Mountain Ranch – Carmel

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Best for: couples and large groups

Saddle Mountain Ranch is close to Monterey and Carmel-By-The-Sea and offers luxury tents, cabins, campsites and RV sites surrounded by redwoods, Monterey pines, and oaks.

You will find queen-sized beds and all the facilities you need for your glamping experience, from fire pits to bathrooms and barbecue grills. There are also hot showers in the resort and plenty of deck chairs and benches where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.

If you want to try a hiking trail, you can do so within miles as the mountains are close to the resort. Plus, among the picturesque views, there are plenty of areas to enjoy a picnic!

Saddle Mountain Ranch is an ideal resort not only for couples but also for groups of four to eight people. They have a Bunk House that offers eight beds so that it can accommodate a group or a large family comfortably.

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13. Ripplewood Resort – Big Sur

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Best for: couples and groups

Ripplewood Resort offers you glamping cabins right next to the Big Sur River, surrounded by majestic trees. You can find cabins placed on the hillside as well and the comfort of each cabin in the Ripplewood Resort is up to the highest standards.

You can find everything from a fridge to a coffee maker and fireplace units. What you will not find here, and that is for your good, is Wifi and phone service. This is your proper chance to disconnect from the bustle of daily activities and recalibrate your inner peace. If you must go online or use your phone, though, you can use the local cafe or store where both these services are available.

If you go with your loved one, you can rent one of the 15 cabins and have a romantic weekend. For larger groups, there is a rustic duplex with all the amenities you might need and a lot more space for guests.

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14. Oceanfront Romantic Cottage – Big Sur

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Best for: couples

The Oceanfront Romantic Cottage offers you one of the most intimate glamping experiences right next to the ocean. Located in Big Sur, California, on the coastline, the ocean views you get from this property are purely stunning. While both the exterior and the interior are decorated in a rustic style, the cottage has everything you need in terms of amenities and even some modern touches.

The one-bedroom is perfect for a couple who wants to spend some romantic time by the ocean, as it is very intimate and comfortable with a queen-sized bed. The the patio that offers you those gorgeous ocean views is simply breathtaking.

Note that the accommodation is for adults only, so there is an age limit of 21. Pets and smoking are also prohibited. If you gaze toward the ocean, you might spot dolphins, whales, and other sealife.

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15. Post Ranch Inn Tree House – Big Sur

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Best for: couples and solo travelers

The Tree House is like your own little hideaway in the forest. You go up some stairs and find yourself in a cool, triangular room with a big, comfy King size bed.

There’s even a skylight right above the bed, so you can check out the stars at night.

It’s got a wood-burning fireplace, which is super cozy, and a spot by the window where you can chill and enjoy the view.

The Tree House is a part of a PostRanchInn that offers different stays, some of them have stunning ocean views. You get complimentary daily breakfast, access to infinity and lap pools, access to the fitness center and parking.

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16. Serene Redwood Retreat – Carmel

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Best for: couples and solo travelers

The Serene Redwood Retreat cabin is nestled in redwoods and the balcony is strategically placed so you can enjoy the beauty of its surroundings.

With a fireplace and windows that cover an entire wall this is a wonderful place to relax. Outside there are 2 decks and a barbecue grill for outdoor cooking.

There is a nice beach a short drive away.

There’s the option to enjoy a local morning breakfast if you let the host know that you are interested in it.

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17. Lotus Blossom Cabin in the forest – Carmel

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Best for: couples and solo travelers

The Lotus Blossom Cabin in the Forest, located in Carmel, offers you the perfect romantic getaway.

The cabin has a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, fridge, coffee maker and utensils to cook your own meal. The cozy bedroom has a queen-sized bed and a glass wall with a fascinating view of the woods.

Note that this rustic cabin is located at the end of a hike that might seem steep for some guests and is not suitable for pregnant women. However, the host, Sofonya, is inviting the guests to contact her and discuss the accommodation facilities prior to booking it. If needed, she will help with more accessible accommodation.

There are also art supplies if you feel like expressing your creative side in this dreamy glamping retreat. And being in Carmel, you will have plenty of options to spend time outdoors, from going to the beach to exploring the surroundings.

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18. Glen Oaks – Big Sur

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Best for: couples and groups

Glen Oaks offers a glamping option for every type of traveler. Located on Highway 1 in Big Sur, this resort has charming cottages and cabins but also an Adobe Motor Lodge from the 1950s with some of the most elegant glamping rooms.

Surrounded by redwoods and the Big Sur River, Glen Oaks is the perfect place to ground yourself with nature and unwind.

You will find a different design in each room, and all the cabins and cottages come with fully furnished spaces, from bedrooms that hold an intimate atmosphere to bathrooms and functional kitchens. There are even some clawfoot tubs if you want to take a bath outside.

The Bridge House is one of the most fascinating accommodations thanks to its rustic design and great view of the forest.

You can also take short trips to Big Sur and Carmel Valley for some more adventures during your stay!

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19. Rosehaven – Serenity Cabin – Carmel

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Best for: couples, small groups and families

The Roseheaven Serenity Cabin awaits you in the middle of the woods, surrounded by trees and mountain views that create a very romantic and intimate atmosphere. The room has two comfortable queen beds to accommodate two couples or a small group or family.

On the property, you will also find a hammock and a hot tub that you don’t want to skip, and the Roseheaven Cabin is pet-friendly! Cooking will not be a problem as there is a fully furnished kitchen with everything you need. And there’s Wifi all over the property if you need to keep in touch with the outside world.

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20. Goat Farm, Ocean Views – Big Sur

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Best for: families

The Goat Farm is big enough to accommodate four people in its generous two bedrooms.

Here you will be surrounded by animals and art, and you will get educated on farm life in the most pleasant manner. The ranch is fully functional, and it has goats, cows, horses, sheep, and chickens. Inside the house, you will find a functional kitchen that you can use to make all kinds of meals, a bathroom with everything you need as well as a washer and a dryer to do your laundry.

The ocean view is visible from both bedrooms, and the joy is present all around you with so many animals and cheerful hosts.

The farm is only one mile away from Big Sur Bakery and walking distance from Pfeiffer State Park and the beach. There are amazing walking areas from the property to other attractions in the region, and you can go explore some local trails if you are into hiking.

Considering all the animals at the farm, the host doesn’t allow pets. But you will be surrounded by many joyful creatures, and you can get as involved as you want in farm life. So, you will not have time to become nostalgic and miss your furry friend at home. On the other hand, if you are traveling with children, here you will find everything you need to keep your little one entertained. There are even books and toys they can play with and a highchair for the little ones. The accommodation offers free Wifi and free parking, but there is no TV. However, you will not miss the TV when you will be in the middle of the fascinating farm life!

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