10 Big Little Lies Locations You Can Visit IRL

season two of Big Little Lies finally graces our screens,
scenes of Nicole Kidman gazing into the sunset, Shailene Woodley
jogging along the sandy beachfront, and Reese Witherspoon’s
dramatic highway drives to that soundtrack tempt us to drop
everything and head to America‘s
West Coast.

Retrace the footsteps of Nicole, Reese and the gang by visiting
these on-screen destinations

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Del Monte Beach, Monterey

Many of the iconic scenes from Big Little Lies takes place on the Monterey Peninsula, chosen by producers for its “hypnotic beauty”. Del Monte Beach is a long, sandy beach that stretches along the bottom coast of Monterey Bay – fans will recognise it as Jane’s favoured jogging spot. In reality, the beach is a spot favoured by Californians for a picnic and a long walk.

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Carmel Highlands, Carmel-By-The-Sea

Known for palatial mansions belonging to millionaires and celebrities, glass-fronted beach houses – including the one used as Celeste’s home – the Carmel Highlands sprawl across the shoreline. Wander around for some celeb-spotting or head to the beach, where white sands framed by cypress trees provide the perfect locale for sunbathing or reading in the shade.

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Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey

Celeste, Jane and Madeline often meet for a coffee and a gossip
on Monterey’s picturesque harbour. Their café of choice, called
Blue Blues in the show, can be found on the Old Fisherman’s Wharf
in downtown Monterey, where, offscreen, it is a popular restaurant
called Paluca Trattoria, a family-owned Italian
restaurant. The wharf is also home to plenty of cute cafés,
lifestyle stores and seafood markets set inside pastel coloured
buildings, and views across the bay.

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Lovers Point Park, Pacific Grove

Located on Ocean View Boulevard, Lovers Point Park provides the
backdrop for Jane and Celeste’s heated showdown over the school
bully. Not far from Monterey, this nature-rich space has plenty to
offer, from a four-acre park and swimming pool, to sandy beaches
and rocky cliffs.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel-By-The-Sea

Another popular jogging spot among the mums of Monterey, Point
Lobos State Reserve is the crown jewel of California’s parks. Go
for long walks across the reserve’s vast expanse or head to the
limestone cliffs and hidden bays to spot seals, orcas, sea lions
and perhaps a spouting whale or two.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey

Easily recognisable from the series’ trailer, this is one of the
world’s best aquariums, and an important set in season two. Found
on storied Cannery Row, it’s filled with marine animals including
penguins and sharks. Come for a mesmerising day learning about life
under the waves and for taking part in immersive exhibitions.



Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur

Just half an hour’s drive south from Carmel-By-The-Sea along
Highway One, you’ll reach the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge. Built in
1932, the bridge is one of the most photographed spots in
California, and has featured in many different films and television
shows. Make like Madeline and drive along the bridge, stopping off
at any of the viewing points on the way for 360° degree views
across surrounding landscapes. Alternatively, pack a picnic and
pull over at Hurricane Point, just south of the bridge, to watch
the sunset over the Pacific.

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Garrapata State Park, Carmel-By-The-Sea

The rugged coastline of Garrapata State Park features several
times in Big Little Lies, whether for dramatic waves crashing on
the rocks, pensive stares over the horizon or somber shots of misty
shores. An idyllic stop on a drive along California’s Big Sur, it’s
the ideal place to hike through groves and picnic on the rocks.

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United States

Naturally, many of the Big Little Lies scenes are filmed in sets
found elsewhere. Renata’s grand residence and Madeline’s gorgeous
home are both located in Malibu. Drive down Broad Beach Road to
gawk at huge houses, and stop by Point Dume beach for fishing,
surfing, diving and whale-watching.

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Los Angeles, United States

Called “Old Hollywood” for its frequent use
as a set in blockbuster hits, Pasadena and its tree-lined streets
are a Californian must-visit. At the foot of the San Gabriel
Mountains, you can peruse cute boutiques and local restaurants, or
try to find Jane and Ziggy’s bungalow home, which is located

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