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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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A must see Big Sur beach... Pfeiffer Beach... but take your time

Someone told me the opening scene from Grease with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta was filmed here... I don't know if it's true but it could be, the scene of the waves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Groveland, California
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Groveland, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
40 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Someone told me the opening scene from Grease with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta was filmed here... I don't know if it's true but it could be, the scene of the waves crashing over and through the rocks is perfect. This is one of my 3 all time favorite beaches on the California coast, I do not go to the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The sand really is purple, even though you might not think so when you first get there. But if you keep an eye out, you will soon see the swirls of purple in the sand! This beach has so many fun things to explore-- a little stream, some big rocks to climb, tide pools, and a big arch in the... More 

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

As I drove up the Pacific Coast, I spoke with other people more familiar with the area. One photographer told me to find the path down to the beach in Pfeiffer State Park, which is a steep, unmarked road that you have to be looking for. Once you're at the beach, you will find yourself walking along a remarkably beautiful... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Really worth the difficulty of finding this beach. Just lovely. Take a picnic and spend the day there if the weather is okay. Some people climbed up the cliff on the south side, very steep and tricky but it must have been awesome for them and their dog. We just watched and admired from below. It is a great place,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

On my way to San Fran all i want to do (other than go to pismo beach - all the clams you can eat haha) was go to Pfeiffer Beach. I had read about the purple sand beach and was very excited to see it. Be aware that they shut the gate at dusk, so make sure you get out... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

While Pfeiffer Beach is Federal land, the G has transferred day-use management to a private "concessionaire". Apparently, this concessionaire's agreement with the G does NOT include honoring of the Golden Eagle Passport for seniors. We made the turn for the two-mile drive to the beach, toward sunset, as we have since the 60's, to be met by a pleasant young... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I believe overuse of ranking is not working here. There is no use to argue whether Bixby Bridge area, Pfeiffer Beach, or McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park should rank first. Of course, you should go to all if time permits and for me, driving south on highway 1 and stopping at various point is the real treat.... More 

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Weimar, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Very short walk to astounding beach with some areas of purple sand. The rock formations are awesome. Very windy on the beach, bring warm clothes and maybe a wind blocker umbrella. So pretty but windy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

beautiful beach! I wish I was there now! :) hoping to go real soon, again. XOXO Enjoy the beauty, this beach has. We went during early Feb. and we saw some whales swimming through,

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Granville, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A short drive down HWY 1, this beach is a little obscure and tricky to find. But the reward is breathtaking.

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