Outdoor Hot SpringsSykes Hot Springs: It's a 10-mile hike to get to this one, in the Ventana Wilderness, but those who've been there report that it's a relaxing way to end your day.
Developed Hot SpringsEsalen Institute has some nice spring-fed hot tubs on their property, but most of the time they're open only to people staying there. If you want to drop in, they're open to the general public by reservation only from 1:00 to 3:00 a.m. There is a fee, payable by credit card only. Call 831-667-3047 for reservations.
Tassajara Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in the mountains above Big Sur opens its facilities to visitors for part of the year, including their Japanese-style hot springs baths.
Hot Spring Tips
- Don't stay in too long. You can get too hot.
- If you have any conditions that might be aggravated by soaking in hot water, consult your doctor before you go.
- The water is nice to soak in, but don't drink it.
- You may want to bring along some cold water to drink. The pools can get a little hot, and it will help regulate your body temperature.
- If the weather is cool, take towels to dry off with.