My 12 year old son and I are arriving in Monterey for a drive down rt. 1. We will arrive at night and plan to spend the next two full days in Monterey and then travel south. Our first big stop after Monterey will be in Big Sur for the Pfeiffer Big Sur State park and Julia Pfeiffier Burns state parks. My question is: are we better off leaving Montery and spending the night in the Big Sur area so we can continue on south, or commuting down to Big Sur and back up for an additional night in Monterey? I know they are not THAT far...? Are there good hotel options in the Big Sur area?
Any hotel recommendations on Monterey? We are budget travelers. We like hotels that offer a breakfast, but it's not a deal braker if they don't.