Mystery Destination: An Isolated Rugged Coastline

The weather is heating up and we're thinking about a few days on the ocean. With that in mind, we've chosen a popular beach region for this week's Mystery Destination. Read these 5 clues, look at the photo then see if you can guess the name of the popular outdoor destination we've described.

Mystery Destination Photo by Henrique Pinto

  • The name of this area is derived from the original Spanish-language saying meaning "the big south".

  • The remote hilly area and rugged coastline is an excellent place to explore and to enjoy spectacular ocean views.

  • The area gained fame in the 1960s when many writers and artists were drawn to the isolation of the area. Some of these writers included Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller.

  • Despite a rugged and rocky coastline this area is popular with surfers. If you know the sweet spots, you can safely surf on majestic beaches.

  • The previously inaccessible area was opened up thanks to a highway built in the late 1930s aided by New Deal funds during the Great Depression. The highway is now a popular route for tourists driving up or down the coast.

Do you know the name of the region we're talking about? Enter your guess in the comments below.

Too easy? Try these other Mystery Destinations:

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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