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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Where am I?”

“Where am I?” is what I kept telling myself. “A scenic waterfall cascading out of a mountain, splashing into “Caribbean blue” ocean waters, hidden by a forest?! Wait, whaaa... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Brian S
Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

“Where am I?” is what I kept telling myself. “A scenic waterfall cascading out of a mountain, splashing into “Caribbean blue” ocean waters, hidden by a forest?! Wait, whaaa?!!” McWay Falls is definitely a must see destination during any Big Sur adventure! The jaw dropping, almost nonsensical, panoramic views may even have you questioning what planet you’re on! - Getting... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway this is a must see pit stop. We just stumbled across it after seeing a sign that pointed towards a waterfall. After walking through a pleasant little nature trial you come to a tunnel. Once you step outside of the tunnel you are greeted with a breathtaking view of McWay Falls and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Make sure to take the little tunnel to the vista point that is under CA 1. Makes for a great picture at sunset.

Thank matthew s
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202 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here in February 2014 and WOW, what a beautiful area! Though there wasn't a lot of water flowing over the falls when I was there, it didn't take away from the incredible scenery there. The gorgeous turquoise water, the beautiful mountains and majestic eucalyptus trees along with a brilliant blue sky, what more could you want here? You can... More 

Thank Tigerman777
Haifa, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

it is a short walk, well worth it to the breathtaking view of these falls on the Pacific ocean. We loved it.

Thank DKF4949
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say that of the 4 weeks I got to spend traveling throughout central and northern California that the 2 days spent in Big Sur topped them all. Also if you want to save on parking drive right past the entrance (coming from the north) and there is plenty of parking on side of the road for free.... More 

1 Thank Brent O
Ventura County, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful photo op. Short quick walk from the highway. Don't pass it up. Good in all weather and lighting conditions.

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Lumberton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fall is gorgeous, I was lucky enough to see it when there was water in the waterfalls, and the ocean surrounding it was amazing. There are several ways to get to this area, but we took the beaten path in the rain which was very slippery, but still fun! On our way back we took the state park entrance... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

McWay Waterfall was our first stop at Julia Pfeiffer Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (not to be confused with Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park that is 12 miles north). There is a $10 fee to enter the park (good to know: once a fee is paid for a California State Park it is good for any other park in... More 

1 Thank Kelleygirl2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a stopping off point on the Big Sur drive. At peak times you may need to wait until a space becomes available in the car park, but then it is just a short walk to the walkways that overlook the cove. We were also lucky enough to see whales.

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