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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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Dream-like Beach Paradise

Ever see the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio, where his character and others have an arduous hike and trek just to get to a dream-like beach paradise? Well, that was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ever see the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio, where his character and others have an arduous hike and trek just to get to a dream-like beach paradise? Well, that was a movie. Pfieffer Beach is real! - There’s a few ways to get to Pfieffer Beach off of the PCH (California Highway 1): If you do your research and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ride there is fun as the long winding road will take you through the forest and over a creek to get there. Check out the crushed garnet sand that reflects a purple hough.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My sister and I were here a few days ago. The road you need to turn down is unmarked but it's the first west bound paved road you'll see after the post office if coming up from the south. We drove 1.8 miles to the parking lot but just before the lot there was a river of water running over... More 

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Maywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful beach. It has large rocks in the water with waves splashing through big holes. In December and January the sun shines on the water coming through the holes with rays of golden light near sunset, Purple sand in some areas that show better when light is on it. The beach is a 2-mile drive on a narrow dirt road... More 

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Belmont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach is very beautiful and is unique for having swaths of purple sand. The arch formation on the beach creates spectacular water effects when the surf is high; one can spend a long time just sitting and watching it, or trying to capture the perfect photo of the surf. If tide is high you may need to walk a... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the most beautiful beaches we ever visited. The purple sand is striking the rocks and position of the beach is overwhelming. We just loved it.

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Thank DKF4949
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you save time to stop and grab these million dollar views on your way down the 1. These are some of the best pictures that I took during my stay in california!

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Salida, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! This is the stuff that California Highway 1 dreams are made of! The parking lot fills up quick and then the park closes, so go early (after a stop at the Big Sur Bakery for pastries and coffee).

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard to find the turnoff from California 1 but so well worth a special visit. Get there early as the car park fills up on the weekend.

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Lumberton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach is very hard to find, but if you are with locals you can do it. It was absolutely one of the best locations on route 1. The purple sand is breath taking, the views are gorgeous. The road to get to this beach is very small, so smaller the vehicle the better, but we saw many people who... More 

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