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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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Calgary
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Do not pass this up and signage is not crystal clear! Gorgeous beach and nice sand reminded me a bit of Olympic National Park.

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New York, NY
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Cool spot, was a little disappointed in what the beach actually was vs. pictures I had seen, but that's my fault. It was still a very majestic kind of spot. It's about 2mi off of Big Sur, down a hidden drive. One lane dirt road from Big Sur to the beach, and has a $5 parking fee. Still very cool,... More

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

You must take a road that you will think goes nowhere or you took a wrong turn to get to this beautiful and secluded beach. When you arrive, you know you are at the right place. The beauty of this rocky coastline is incredible. The water is much too cold to even think about swimming. The waves crashing against the... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

So glad we drove down to see this. The whole drive was just breath taking. So many sights to see. Such a beautiful place. Don't miss out on this

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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We made the 30 mile drive south from Monterey to find this hidden gem of a beach. We had to ask directions once we were in the Big Sur area but we did indeed find it. There is a two mile one lane road to traverse in order to get to the beach. And there's a $10 day use fee,... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We ended up going to the state park by mistake and then they told us how to get to this beach. It is not signed and is down a narrow bumpy road (a right hand turn about a mile after the park). Once there, however, it totally lived up to the review left by others. Particularly cool was the colours... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have a national park annual pass but were told that it cannot be used here because this federal national park land is managed by a non-federal concession company. The fee was only $10, but why charge us again to go on land owned by United States citizens? We were outraged that our tax dollars pay to upkeep the long,paved... More

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Houston, Texas
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213 reviews 213 reviews
117 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Big Sur is amazing. There is some great vista points along the way to stop and enjoy nature or just take some photos. The vista for this one requires a long lens to get a really great shot but it's a good long distance view as well.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was a beautiful beach with dramatic, coastline scenery. Try to get there early and be prepared to pay 10 for parking. They have limited parking so there was a line of cars waiting to get in when we left. My kids loved climbing around the rocks and playing in the purple sand. Some people were enjoying the surf but... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful! Highly recommended if you're making the scenic drive up the coast. Short walk from the parking lot under the PCH to the cliff path to see the lovely falls and the vista is worth it!

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