Hi, we will be visiting Big Sur for three nights at the end of July and staying in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, where we have reserved a tent site. There will be 5 kids aged 4-7 along with 4 adults. We are traveling from Ventura, CA. We have seen/stayed/stopped at many areas from Ventura to Hearst Castle, but have never really explored from San Simeon to Monterey. All of us are fond of hiking 4-5 mile round trips with moderate steepness, but prefer to stay off of narrow trails that have steep drop offs. We will not be visiting Hearst Castle, but may head into Monterey for the aquarium if 3 days seems like too much time for Big Sur on its own.
I would like to ask for some suggestions on some not to be missed spots that are appropriate for kids (We don't want to encroach on anyone's romantic sunsets). Also, would it be worth it to stop off at the elephant seal rookery at this time of year? And finally, has anyone ever stayed in the campground and technically had 9 people in a campsite rated at max of 8? Will this be a huge issue to the point that we should have another site reserved or will the rangers and other campers "turn a blind eye" to this? I know it sounds like a rowdy bunch, but we are well mannered, considerate, quiet campers.
Also, from here, we go to Hume Lake, Sequoia, and Yosemite for a grand total of 12 nights of tenting. What we really want to do is experience the rugged and wild Big Sur coastline and forests and hopefully see/do things that we won't be able to see/do at the other locations we are visiting.
Thanks in advance for your input!