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Pfeiffer Beach

Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
(805) 434-1996
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Big Sur
Type: Beaches
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Sunnyvale, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
70 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is tucked away in a nice little corner on ca1... That's why many people here call it the hidden gem... and it is literally that... I've been to most of the beaches on CA1 and there's no hesitation to say that its one of the best ones... To get here: If you are coming from SF (north to south)... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This place is a little tricky to find but totally worth it if you can. There are no major signs but it is the second right hand turn after the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park entrance when going south on Rt. 1. You travel 1-2 miles down a one lane road (there are turnouts for passing cars). It's a little... More

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San Diego, California
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6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Beauty and seclusion or at least it felt like that when we visited. So as you know this beach is off the Highway 1 and if your not paying attention you can easily miss the turn off. It's a sharp right turn if traveling south on Highway 1, I believe the mile marker is MON 45.64. Keep in mind that... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Having seen photos of the key hole and the beach I've definitely made it one of my must sees in Big Sur. It is quite an adventure to find and get to the beach. The beauty is in it's isolation, not super crowded, and clean, which is a far cry from the beaches in Southern California. It has easily become... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This beach is well worth the effort to find. There are no signs but it is the second right hand turn after the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park entrance when going south on Rt. 1. You travel 1-2 miles down a one lane road (there are turnouts for passing cars). I had the white knuckle grip on the steering wheel... More

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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were staying at the Tickle Pink Inn in Carmel on a road trip down the coast of California. It was recommended that we go to see this beach. There were so many breathtaking sites to stop at along the way down that area of Big Sur to see. I will say it was not easy to... More

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Pittsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I belive Pfeiffer Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in California! Love that it is hidden away so it was not super crowded. Love how the waves were crashing over the big rocks. Sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, this is a great beach.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I have wooed and seen so many pictures of this place. I had to go there myself. The 2 mile road trek off of Route 1 is quite an adventure. It is very narrow and you have to drive slow and careful especially when cars are coming from the other direction. Parking was expensive ($10) and very limited. Beautiful beach... More

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Switzerland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Quite a sight that little beach is. The freshwater waterfall almost falling into the ocean is very picturesque. I guess it's a good thing that access is prohibited so it stays unspoiled

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Singapore, Singapore
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91 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Went during summer in July 2014 and the queue to get in and get parking was extremely long, as parking lots were quite limited. Purple sand and the keyhole rock are the two main things to see at the beach. Purple sand can be easily spotted on the beach (although only very small patches). Not a must do, but natural... More

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