Southern Big Sur, Monterey County
56 miles south of Carmel
Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.
Limekiln Beach is part of 711-acre Limekiln State Park on the southern Big Sur coast. The park is named after four towering limekilns which stand along Limekiln Creek. 100-foot high Limekiln Falls is a favorite attraction in the park.
The small beach is virtually under the shadow of a Highway 1 bridge. Steep cliffs rise on either side of the narrow valley created by Limekiln Creek. A steep beach, rugged surf, and strong rip currents make it too dangerous for wading or swimming. Visitors enjoy picnicking on the sand and photographing the sunset here.
The opportunity to camp close to the sound of rolling surf makes Limekiln State Park a worthy attraction for beach lovers. The campground makes a good base for visiting nearby beaches such as Sand Dollar Beach, Kirk Creek Beach, and Mill Creek Beach.
Limekiln State Park has 29 campsites. Some are located in the redwoods along Limekiln Creek. Those sites are for tent campers only. Other sites for RVs or tents are situated near the beach. Up to 8 people may occupy each site. Because of the small campsites, RVs are limed to 24 feet and trailers to 15 feet. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Restrooms have flush toilets. Hot showers are available, 25 cents for 3 minutes.
Reservations are made through Reserve America. Reservations are not site specific. You will be assigned a site when you arrive. Camping fees are $35, plus any reservation service fee ($8).
California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety