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The Best Big Sur Cabin Rentals

The Best Big Sur Cabin Rentals

Consider spending the weekend at one of these Big Sur cabin rentals to continue your adventures during the day.


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June 20, 2021

We’re ‘sur’ you’ve never seen a place as beautiful as Big Sur. And honestly, we don’t blame you for saying that. The spectacular stretch of coastline seems to go on forever with every mile unfolding a new place to explore with plenty of hidden gems. Cruising along the PCH and taking in the views is undoubtedly one of the best things to do on the Central Coast. But if you want to fully discover every inch of this place, you’re going to have to stay the night. Consider spending the weekend at one of these Big Sur cabin rentals to continue your adventures during the day.

The Best Places To Rent A Cabin In Big Sur

'Wood' you believe how beautiful the cabins at Fernwood Campground and Resort are? We're already booking.

Fernwood Campground and Resort

Location: 47200 Highway 1, Big Sur

What does the ideal Big Sur cabin look like to you? A quaint forest bungalow or private tent-like bedroom tucked away by the river? Whatever your answer is, you’ll be spoiled for choice at Fernwood Campground and Resort. Established in 1932, this resort is nestled in the redwoods and borders Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. You know what that means? Guests get easy access to hiking and equestrian trails, sightseeing, and Central Coast beaches.

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Here, you get to choose between several Big Sur cabin rentals—these include forest cabins, adventure tents, and tent cabins. And don’t think that staying the night in a cabin in the woods means you won’t have access to basic amenities. The resort has an on-site store where you can purchase groceries and enjoy a cup of coffee at the espresso bar. Don’t leave your furry friend with the dog-sitter, pets are allowed in the tent cabins at Fernwood.

Life needs more starry lights and bonfire nights. 'Log' live the cabin life! Photo courtesy of Glen Oaks Big Sur.

Glen Oaks Big Sur

Location: 47080 Highway 1, Big Sur

Immerse yourself in rustic-chic bliss at Glen Oaks Big Sur, where comfort and style are synonymous. Frequently described as one of the most romantic places to stay, this hotel resort features 12 modern yet cottagecore cabins with private kitchens—most have access to the Big Sur River. And don’t get us started on the showers! Adorned with chrome and porcelain accents, the walk-in showers make it seem as if you’re bathing in the forest. 

One of the things that make this place a top choice for Big Sur cabin rentals is its sustainable practices. Glen Oaks uses recycled and renewable stone, Peroba wood, bamboo, resin, wool carpets, and organic cotton for a healthy and green environment. 

Big Sur River Cabins

We're always down for s'more cabin time. Let's go where the Wi-Fi is weak and into the woods.

Big Sur Campground And Cabins

Location: 47000 Highway 1, Big Sur

Want to book the ideal river cabin in Big Sur? You’re in the right place. Big Sur Campground and Cabins is the ideal choice for family camping among towering redwoods, but if that’s too rustic for your taste, you can always rent a cabin. The fun never ends at this spot—guests can try dunking at the basketball court while the children run around the playground. And if you’re looking to have fun in the sun, you’ll find inner tube rentals to float on the Big Sur River. 

From A-frame to tent cabins, you’ll find a variety of rooms to choose from. Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen, and most have fireplaces, as well as beach and trail access. We’re sold.

Coffee tastes better when it's sipped at the cabin, so please 'leaf' us here forever. Photo courtesy of Big Sur River Inn.

Big Sur River Inn

Location: 46800 Highway 1, Big Sur

When it comes to Central Coast getaways, Big Sur River Inn knows best. This one-stop vacation destination is nestled among old-growth redwoods along the scenic river featuring 22 cozy guest rooms. Not only do guests get to splash around the river, but they also get to lounge by the inn’s outdoor pool. You don’t have to worry about lunch and dinner either—the on-site restaurant and bar has your meals covered. 

Treat yourself to a retreat and surround yourself with natural beauty without compromising on comfort. The romance is alive at this Big Sur cabin rental, so make sure to book a cabin to celebrate your anniversary.

Cabins Near Big Sur

Staying at the cabin is less 'in-tents' than camping, get it? So worry less and cabin more.

Ripplewood Resort

Location: 47047 Highway 1, Big Sur

If you’re once again asking yourself where’s the best place in California to rent a cabin, the answer is still Big Sur. And here to prove us right is Ripplewood Resort and its 17 picturesque cabins. Staying the night at one of these cabins means waking up to views of magnificent old-growth redwood trees allowing sun rays to pass through the branches and illuminate your room. 

Nine of Ripplewood Resort’s cabins are near the Big Sur River, and six of them overlook verdant gardens that seem to always be in bloom—the other two are located near the highway. Guests of the resort enjoy keeping themselves warm by the indoor fireplace or swimming at the river beach. At nighttime, the patios at the resort shine bright thanks to the outdoor fire pits. 

You can take your five-star hotel. We've got a million stars in the sky here. Photo courtesy of Treebones Resort.

Treebones Resort

Location: 71895 Highway 1, Big Sur

It’s out with the old and in with the new—glampsites are the new Big Sur cabin rentals, and Treebones Resort offers the most picturesque views. 16 colorful yurts overlook the ocean, providing an overnight experience like no other. Though you’ll be splurging at this coastal resort, the experience is worth it—no regrets. 

Each yurt is equipped with plush, comfy beds, an ocean and redwood view deck, and Adirondack chairs for you to sit back and unwind. When you’re not relaxing in your room, you’re taking a dip in the pool or soaking in the hot tub. Either way, you’re living that luxury lifestyle. 

Big Sur’s Pet-Friendly Cabins

On top of mountains and beneath the stars, the cabin is our happy place. Memories made here last forever.

Riverside Campground and Cabins

Location: 47020 Highway 1, Big Sur

You don’t have to worry about traveling without your four-legged pal, you’ll find several pet-friendly cabins in Big Sur, one of which is Riverside Campground and Cabins. Located on 16 acres of majestic redwood forest, this place features 12 quaint cabins where your pup can join in on the fun. Riverside is also a great RV camp on the Central Coast for those living on the road.

The cabins here feature queen beds and gorgeous natural wood interiors—some rooms have private decks, some are shared. And if you want to spend a little time in the heart of nature, the closest hiking trail and beach are only 10 minutes away. 

Sometimes we wonder what life would be like if we just lived in this cabin forever. Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

Tassajara Tiny House

Location: Carmel Valley, Big Sur

There’s no shortage of pet-friendly Airbnbs in Big Sur either. One of our favorites is the Tassajara Tiny House, where guests can live off-the-grid without sacrificing modern-day amenities. Here, you get to relax and unwind in a mountain setting surrounded by the most vibrant lavender fields—that alone will put your mind at ease. 

When we say you’re living off grid here, we actually mean it—there’s no WiFi, TV, or cell service in the area. Unplug on the hammock as you catch up on your summer reading list and plan a picnic with your boo under the massive oak tree. 

Big Sur State Park Cabins

Big Sur Lodge is where you have a 'beary' good time with your friends and family. Photo courtesy of Big Sur Lodge.

Big Sur Lodge

Location: 47225 Highway 1, Big Sur

It goes without saying that Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is the coolest place to rent a cabin, which is why the majestic Big Sur Lodge stands out from the rest. With 62 cottage-style rooms featuring top-notch amenities, you won’t have to worry about being too late to make reservations. The cabins at Big Sur Lodge boast fireplaces, kitchenettes, and are only minutes away from a myriad of awesome outdoor activities. 

In the evenings, you’ll most likely rest at the outdoor patio of your cabin, admiring Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. And if you ask us, there’s no place we’d rather be. 

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