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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 #2 of 14 Attractions in Big Sur
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Dayton, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, secluded beach. Just be careful on the road in! Also - sometimes a ranger is there charging $10 for parking, sometimes not.

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Boston
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The natural beauty of this beach is astounding. Huge rock formations with openings where the surf rushes through. Easy walking beach, ample parking. $10 admission fee which is totally worth it.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Hard to find, but worth the fustration. I don't know if it was because of the time of year that we went, but it was nice that we were only people there.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

No sign,very hard to find, you will probably have to ask someone how to get there. It was a gorgeous beach. Rock formations and small pockets of purple sand made it special. It is not a beach for swimming because of the rocks and strong tides but is wide and sandy. I think it would be very pleasant in the... More

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Covington, Louisiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

There are lots of trail options in this park. We chose a shorter 5 mile hike and enjoyed the surroundings of smaller redwoods, clear trails, and a family of deer. We were almost the only ones enjoying the trail at the time. Very quiet.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This beach was not easy to find bc the way to get there is kinda hidden from the main road, we had to ask someone how to get there. Once we have found the way to get to the beach we spent around 15min driving from the road until the beach. You need to pay $10 to park. It is... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The road to this beach was a narrow winding two mile long road that was not marked, but is shown on maps. The scenery is beautiful Not a swimming beach because the water is frigid, but my teenagers had a blast climbing on the rocks.

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This beach was recommended by our hotel concierge for its huge waves and attraction to the surfers that ride them! It was like watching a washing machine in action! Awesome huge waves and natural rock formations. Not a beach for wading or swimming but at low tide you can walk along the beach and see the rock sculptures created by... More

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great photo opportunities with waves crashing in around the rocks and rock arches. Some areas of purple sand were interesting. My crazy Colorado kids enjoyed splashing in the cold water. The $10 entrance fee is a bit of a bummer but if it helps protect this beautiful beach it is worth it.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Check out as much of the coast as possible. There are sandy beaches, with boulders and rocks at the tide line. The water is cold in this part of CA, but you can splash yourself if hot!!

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