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Hot Springs Creek Beach at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California is a secluded beach at the bottom of Hot Springs Canyon in the Big Sur coastal region. Although the beach here isn’t overly impressive, the scenery surely is. Currently this entire property is owned by the non-profit Esalen Institute which operates a retreat here for self-learning and healing.

Pay homage to Don Draper’s coastal retreat getaway in the Mad Men series finale which was set on these cliffs. Here you can stay and take workshops to the same magical backdrop of that last scene.

This beach features in our 10 best beaches in the United States and you may be interested in my best secret beaches in America, my secret beaches in California and my 5 most remote beaches on earth.

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