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Pfeiffer Beach

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Address: Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: (805) 434-1996
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Full parking lot workaround

When the parking lot by the beach fills up, a park ranger stands near the top of the one-lane road and tells cars to turn around. As cars leave the beach parking lot, the park... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

When the parking lot by the beach fills up, a park ranger stands near the top of the one-lane road and tells cars to turn around. As cars leave the beach parking lot, the park ranger lets cars one or two at a time proceed down the one-lane road to occupy the recently vacated spots. The park ranger seems to... More 

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New York, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

As you are driving down the one lane road with 2 way traffic, ask one of the cars leaving what the conditions on the beach are before you get to the gate and pay the $10 entry fee. The beach is gorgeous. Especially on a sunny day. However the winds were so bad that I was getting exfoliated with sand... More 

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Napa Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Easy drive from Monterey. Can be cold and foggy. Sublime beauty. Can be crowded in the summer. Limited parking.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Cons: - Remote. You'll have to drive a far way off the main road to get here. - Fees. You need to pay a hefty fee to visit. - Can be windy. The sandstorm was so bad when we arrived that many people couldn't make it up to the sand itself. I did, but didn't stay long. Pros: It's a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

!any come here for the sunset and rake photos of the rock that has a "door". Water splashes through this door tunnel. Fabulous to watch and hear the waves crashing. There are 2 other rocks with this tunnels as well. The purple sand is also a unique feature here. We walked from one end to the other end of the... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

You have to pay to get in this beach. It's not really worth it. It's small and gets crowded. I would travel up the coast more and walk around a beach that is free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Would definitely got back great beach. .... clean. .. amazing view.... great for rock climbing. ... picture taking

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Wow!! When did Saint Croix Get relocated to California?!! Lol!! This was so beautiful!! BEWARE: parking is very limited!!! We were fortunate to make it in before traffic was redirected to the main road... More than 2 miles away. Once we walked into the cove, we were in awe!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. Unbelievable arches of stone frame a breathtaking view of the ocean waves. Only problem is everyone wants to go there, and they only have 60 parking spaces. During the recent spring break they had to turn away over 700 cars on one Saturday. So plan your trip for a non-vacation time,... More 

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Classic City, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Beautiful views and rock formations make this area a great place to explore. There is an entrance fee of about $10 and the parking is limited, so come early. There are facilities near the parking area, but you might want chlorox wipes and nose clips.

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