Confiding in the Waves at a Secret Beach in Big Sur, California
The place is called Prehistorics. But that is a secret, and so is the beach. Hidden beneath Big Sur’s plunging cliffs and towering hills, it is a mysterious and windswept place. Pillars of rock jut up out of the water and shatter the waves in spectacular splashes. Succulents—in shades of cinnamon, sage and lavender—lattice the dunes. At low tide, starfish cling to rocks, anemones wave their tiny green arms in greeting, hermit crabs scurry away from footsteps. There’s only one place to pitch a tent. Sleep under a blanket of fog; swim naked in the early morning sun. Where? Off Highway 1. North of Hearst Castle, just south of a wildfire sign. But like I said, it’s a secret.