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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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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The hikes and the area is just breathtaking. We took one of the longer hikes and had a wonderful afternoon. It is so peaceful it is like being at a spa. Don't miss it.

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

There's a reason this is ranked as the #1 destination in Big Sur. The scenery is stunning and the overall atmosphere so peaceful. There are giant rock formations all along the beach - the "main" rock has a beautiful archway where you can watch the waves crash through. Make sure to walk all the way down the beach and check... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Pfeiffer Beach is unlike any I've visited. Large rolling waves crash around rock formations. $10 per car. They limit visitors, which seems annoying when you're waiting to get in, but it serves to avoid overcrowding.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
38 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Despite the wait to get in due to limited parking this place really has the wow factor. A great location, stunning views and so clean. The sea can be quite rough here so you would need to be a good swimmer but what a place to come and chill out.

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Auburn, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

So beautiful nice leisurely walk. Great picture taking spot. Great for all ages.We took the suggestion and got there early. So happy we did. When we left tons of cars where coming in.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very beautiful beach with purple sand however not worth the 2 mile hike if the parking lot is full. Better to wait until sunset when the afternoon crowd disperse and pay the $10 fee for parking. Wales sightings are v frequent during their migration.

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New York
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118 reviews 118 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I really wanted to see this beach because I read about the purple sand. The road is not marked. The directions were basically afte the post office and the bridge you will see a row of mailboxes on the left, turn down that street, go 2 miles and you are there. its $10 to get in. There is not nearly... More

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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159 reviews 159 reviews
32 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a unique California State Beach park located in Big Sur. Located off Highway One it is very hard to find, we asked at the Big Sur Bakery. The road is paved and quite narrow, and the parking is limited to about 50 cars so you must get there early. The road from the highway to the beach parking... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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250 reviews 250 reviews
48 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Lovely looking beach , but no facilities,and it costs $10 to park and that is limited to 72 spaces. Once you are here,there are some grotty toilets, but no cafes. The beach attracts surfers and is split into two by rocky out crops, it was very hot the day we visited and there is no area of shade on the... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The road is not well marked, but it is roughly 2 miles south of Big Sur Camping. A sharp right and downhill, not suitable for RVs or caravans.

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