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11 Best Yurts To Stay In Big Sur, California

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Shawna
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Central California’s coastline is a rugged stretch of outdoor lover’s paradise sitting between Carmel and San Simeon. The area includes charming coastal towns, hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails, and a large part of California’s wine country. The area is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking. It’s ideal to visit when you want to disconnect from the modern world and spend some time reconnecting with Mother Nature. One of the main reasons to visit a new location is to try something new. So instead of booking a room in a boring hotel, rent a nearby cabin. Better yet, go glamping in a yurt. Check out these top 11 yurts in Big Sur, California. Our list includes rustic, old-fashioned, and luxurious yurts on all-inclusive retreats.

1. Carmel River yurt retreat

This charming yurt sits near the banks of the Carmel River. You will be lulled to sleep at night by the singing of the frogs and sounds of the river. The yurt features an open floor plan with two queen beds, one single bed, a seating and dining area, and small kitchen station. Outside you can relax in the private hot tub under the stars. You are close to everything the Monterey Peninsula has to offer including Carmel Valley Village, and Carmel by the Sea is a 10-minute drive away. Another 5 minutes will get you to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Carmel River Yurt Retreat
Carmel, California, United States
1019 reviews
Yurt 3 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

2. Mountaintop yurt in the Redwoods (from USD 106)

Experience yurt camping in Big Sur by booking this lovely accommodation. This fully furnished property sits nestled in the Redwoods on top of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The yurt has a seating area, dining table, small kitchenette, and a queen sized bed. It features eight large windows that bring in natural light and leave you feeling as if you are outdoors. Outside is a bathhouse with a solar-heated shower, toilet, and sink. One thing to note, the hosts are vegans and do not allow meat or the cooking of it on their property. You are within walking distance of the Mount Madonna Retreat Center and down the road from the County Park hiking and horseback riding trails.

Mountain Top Yurt in the Redwoods
Watsonville, California, United States
396 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this little place was perfect very cozy and gives you a great view of mt
the space was immaculate and huge - completely ample and comfortable for the two of us
the yurt is just as pictured very comfortable with the sounds of nature everywhere
amazing place quiet and rustic yet modern and comfortable
had such a lovely night in this private and cozy stay
Cleanliness:
james and mary added all the thoughtful touches you could wish for and the space was so clean
the yurt is fairly remote quiet extremely clean and quite comfortable
clean place that is behind the owner's house
the yurt is cozy and clean and furnished very aesthetically
Host:
james is a wonderful host
lovely gracious host and wonderful hospitality
the hosts are very lovely and helpful
owner was very nice and has yurt stocked with games
james and sarojini were so kind and loving hosts
Location:
beautiful location in the redwoods
beautiful location near mount madonna park and center
this a unique location and well worth it
nice cozy place ideal for a weekend getaway
the location is great if you want to get away from civilization for a bit
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3. Redwood hideaway (from USD 130)

If you are looking for a vacation of peace and quiet surrounded by nature, the Om Oasis is for you. Your yurt includes a queen size bed and seating area. Relax and fall asleep under the stars with the large skylight. Right outside your door is a redwood circle and deck. During your stay, you have access to the communal facilities that include a kitchen, bathroom, and showers located a just a short walk from your yurt. The retreat has full-time members who live there and specialize in relaxing massage and healing treatments. Also on the property are a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, walking trails, and gardens. The retreat is a place of peace and calm so please respect the folks who live here and keep noise to a minimum after 10 pm.

Redwood Yurt in Aptos Mountain Retreat Center
Aptos, California, United States
67 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi by pool is strong
we loved having no wifi in the yurt so we could break the habit of constant phone checking
wifi was spotty in yurt but strong up the hill
what a cozy hideaway and inspirational community that strives to live in sync with the environment
the grounds have beautiful plantings and the kitchen was well equipped
Cleanliness:
the communal bathrooms and kitchen were clean with plenty of hot water
Host:
the hosts were great and very helpful
rosa is an outstanding host and great soul
the hostess kind and generously attentive to every need
the hosts are kind available and also respectful of privacy
a true retreat with a friendly helpful staff
Location:
what a great location in the redwoods
tucked away in the trees but close enough to town and the host rose was great
we had a great time walking around the grounds and enjoying the many hummings birds we saw
perfect place to go as a couple
if you're looking to relax and unplug this is the place
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4. Yurt on 20 beautiful acres (from USD 79)

This large yurt sits on 20 acres (8 hectares) that border the coastline outside Santa Cruz. The yurt includes queen size bed, a double bed, and two twin beds plus a seating area. Outside your Big Sur glamping yurt, you have a nice fire pit for relaxing at the end of the day. About a 30-second walk from the yurt is the communal bathroom and shower facilities. You will be surrounded by nature so enjoy the view and walking trail that will take you to the ocean. The boardwalk of Santa Cruz and its shops, restaurants, and attractions are just a 20-minute drive away.

Yurt on 20 Beautiful Acres
Soquel, California, United States
369 reviews
Yurt 4 Beds 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there was also a fan and space heater if needed
we had work to do and the wifi was great
heaters were great on a very cold night
i wasn’t the biggest fan of the composting toilet but the outdoor shower was kind of fun
urbanites will be pleasantly surprised almost like a camping experience but with uber comfortable beds and a heater
Cleanliness:
pretty area and everything was very clean
inside the beds were clean with plenty of extra blankets
yurt is clean and comfy
ashley's place is absolutely beautiful the yurt is spacious clean and incredibly well-stocked
Host:
host was great quick response on any questions that i had
she was a great host & we enjoyed our stay
host are very kind
kind hosts and a pleasant experience
the host was very friendly and responsive
Location:
i would definitely go to this location again
great location - close enough to get to town but tucked away
the area is beautiful and it is close to santa cruz and other attractions
close enough to santa cruz boardwalk to enjoy during the day
for us it was super ideal to be in a quiet natural place
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5. Amazing yurt for six in a redwood forest eco-retreat

This spacious yurt on a private, forested retreat outside Boulder Creek is ideal for large families or groups looking to get away from it all. The yurt has one double and four single beds, a seating area, dining table, and small kitchenette. Outside is an eco-friendly bathroom facility that includes two composting toilets, a sink, and outdoor hot shower. During your stay, you are free to explore the grounds; the trails are lit with solar lighting so at night the paths are quite romantic.

Amazing Yurt for 6 in a Redwood Forest Eco-Retreat
Boulder Creek, California, United States
129 reviews
Yurt 5 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

6. Yurt glamping for two in Mediterranean micro-climate (from USD 137)

If you’re looking for unique Big Sur yurt rentals, then this listing may be perfect for you. Lupin Lodge, a charming yurt, is located on a clothing-optional retreat outside of Los Gatos. While you will never be forced to go nude, it can be very uncomfortable and awkward being the only one clothed. Your yurt includes a seating area and double bed. During your stay, you have access to the communal bathroom and shower facilities, kitchen, TV lounge, swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. You will find many scenic hiking trails to explore on the property. There are 60 folks who live here full time, so if you are looking for a unique vacation experience and want to meet some non-judgmental, friendly people, this may be the rental for you.

Yurt glamping for Adventurous Naturists!
Los Gatos, California, United States
15 reviews
Private room in yurt 0 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
summary: lupin is a facility with an amazing capacity to be beautiful and functional clothing optional retreat
the yurt was musty and outdated and the only ac was a half-broken fan
bathing facilities: the saving grace of the lupin lodge
please do not plan on using the kitchen here unless they have some severe remodeling and safety certifications
hopefully lupin lodge can pull it together and rejuvenate this facility
Cleanliness:
the pool spa clubhouse area bathrooms/showers and grounds in general all seemed clean and well maintained
Host:
the staff was welcoming and polite
this was a great retreat for my partner and i staff was friendly and the grounds were lovely
hosts: the lupin lodge hosts were prompt responsive and extremely nice to communicate with
wonderful property with extremely friendly people
everyone there was really kind and helpful
Location:
the location was beautiful nestled within the redwoods
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7. Lisa's cabana at Wellspring Ranch (from USD 450)

Those who wish to experience luxury camping in Big Sur will be interested in this listing. Wellspring Ranch sits on 160 beautiful acres (64.7 hectares) on the coast of northern California. This all-inclusive nature retreat has everything you need to disconnect and unwind. Your yurt has a king size bed with memory foam mattress, seating area, and private detached bathroom. You will love all the luxurious touches like the plush, Turkish cotton robes, organic bath products, and the purified mineral spring water. Meals are included as the ranch has a restaurant on-site that serves California Ranch Cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan options are also included. You will also find plenty of activities to keep you busy from yoga classes, to art supplies if you would like to try you hand at painting, relaxing and napping under the redwoods, and couples massages to name a few.

Lisa's Cabana at Wellspring Ranch- Come Rejuvenate
Cayucos, California, United States
21 reviews
Private room in yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the yurts are extremely comfortable and everything has been put together with a lot of thought
where can i begin ? the facility is amazing
Cleanliness:
it was spotless when we arrived and decorated very nicely
air is clean property is amazing
they were clean and comfortable and a great glamping experience
the yurt was clean and the bed was so comfortable and large
Host:
jenn and rich are great hosts
Location:
our second time to wellspring and i still can’t stress just how much i love this place
the wellspring ranch is a gem of a place
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8. Dude Ranch: Cowboy Village (from USD 500)

Enjoy the experience of living the life of a ranch hand when you stay at Cowboy Village. There are two yurts to choose from, John Wayne or Annie Oakley, which feature bunkhouse style accommodations. Between the two yurts are a barbecue, dining area, and hang out room. During your stay, you are welcome to collect eggs, practice archery and roping, feed and groom the animals, and enjoy an old fashioned hay ride. Other on-site amenities include a fire pit with a bar, pool hall, riding arena, creek, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails.

Dude Ranch: Cowboy Village
Paicines, California, United States
Private room in farm stay 24 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

9. Redwood Yurt (from USD 130)

Forget about pitching a tent in the woods and opt to book Redwood Yurt when visiting California. Besides the serene location, this home away from home gives guests access to amenities like a community kitchen, a saltwater pool and hot tub, a spa, walking paths, and a garden. The comfortable bed inside the fully furnished space will surely leave you feeling well-rested and ready to enjoy a day of activities. The deck adjacent to the yurt is where you can do some morning yoga or sign up for an aerial silks lesson. Don’t forget to book a spa session so you can indulge in a relaxing massage by the koi pond.

Redwood Yurt in Aptos Mountain Retreat Center
Aptos, California, United States
67 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi by pool is strong
we loved having no wifi in the yurt so we could break the habit of constant phone checking
wifi was spotty in yurt but strong up the hill
what a cozy hideaway and inspirational community that strives to live in sync with the environment
the grounds have beautiful plantings and the kitchen was well equipped
Cleanliness:
the communal bathrooms and kitchen were clean with plenty of hot water
Host:
the hosts were great and very helpful
rosa is an outstanding host and great soul
the hostess kind and generously attentive to every need
the hosts are kind available and also respectful of privacy
a true retreat with a friendly helpful staff
Location:
what a great location in the redwoods
tucked away in the trees but close enough to town and the host rose was great
we had a great time walking around the grounds and enjoying the many hummings birds we saw
perfect place to go as a couple
if you're looking to relax and unplug this is the place
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10. Luxury tent at Saddle Mt. Tent Village

This luxurious yurt is part of the Saddle Mountain Campgrounds located at Carmel by the Sea. The open floor plan includes a seating area with futons that fold out into beds and two double beds with plenty of warm blankets in the off season. Outside you have a fire pit and barbecue for your use. A short walk up the hill will take you to the bathroom and shower facility. The grounds have plenty of activities to keep everyone busy including hiking trails, a heated outdoor pool, a kid’s playground, and horseshoe pit.

Luxury Tent at Saddle Mt. Tent Village
16 reviews
Yurt 4 Beds 6 Guests

11. Home and yurt combo with amazing views (from USD 325)

For a unique couples getaway in Big Sur, consider renting this amazing home and yurt combo that offers gorgeous views of the surroundings. Private and secluded, guests can choose to sleep in the loft bedroom of the house or glamp in the two-person yurt in the yard. The listing also offers a range of amenities like a hot tub, alfresco dining space, and a gorgeous fireplace. Inside the bright and airy home, you have a furnished living area, a rustic kitchen, a plush loft bedroom and a lovely bathroom. The yurt is also well-appointed with a luxurious bed and storage space. Garapata Beach is just a 10-minute drive away.

Big Sur Dream Home Completely private with an outdoor hot tub and fireplace.
69 reviews
House 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable quiet great place to enjoy the outdoors
Location:
point lobos was still closed but we found equally beautiful places to hike
if you're looking for privacy and a beautiful place to relax this is your best bet
really rejuvenated by this trip and highly recommend this place
it was the perfect place to find some solitude and just enjoy the outdoors
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Enjoy something new on the beautiful coast of California

Visiting northern California is on many a bucket list. There are so many places to see and things to do. From wine tasting, to fine dining, to the popular attractions on the coast, it’s no wonder the area brings in thousands of tourists a year. And Big Sur is one of the most favored destinations in the area. When planning your trip, don’t stay in a boring hotel. Try something new and go glamping in one of these lovely yurts in Big Sur that offer easy access to plenty of activities, including some of the best hiking and trekking spots in Big Sur.

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Shawna is a domestic goddess living by the sea in the beautiful state of South Carolina. She has earned two degrees in Criminal Justice and Human Services but now spends her time pursuing her...Read more

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