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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 15 Attractions in Big Sur
Type: Beaches
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Mankato, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The entrance is really hard to find. It's not marked. Entrance is right at mile marker 45-64, north of Big Sur bakery. The beach has a very secluded feel with beautiful cliffs jutting up beside it

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Elkton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

one of the prettiest places I have visited! could have spent all day, had it almost to ourselves too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If theres one thing to do at this beach,,,you have to catch a Sunset! One of the most amazing Sunsets we have seen!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

You have to make an effort to get off the Pacific highway and go down a couple of miles on a narrow bumpy road which leads to the carpark. There was no ranger and not many cars on the day we were there so walked to the beach without having to pay. Yes, it's a nice beach with a hole... More

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Collingswood New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Loved hiking the rocks and exploring the tide pools. Good easy trails but can make it more demanding if you hike out on the rocks.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This place is breath taking. a short walk through the woods and natural creeks you reach a small rocky cove and the sand is purple! its absolutely amazing.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Pfeiffer Beach is a great stop when traveling from San Francisco to Southern California. Def make sure you stop bye McWay falls first for some amazing views!

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

the falls are a must see in Big Sur, it's an easy walk. Don't miss the history boards that tell about the area.

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Sacramento,CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Hard to find, but worth the drive. The entrance is tucked in and easily missed, a row of mailboxes begins the entrance. But the beach is beautiful with its carved rock and arches. A must when in Big Sur! The sand can have a lot of broken off branches so bring appropriate footwear! Nice place for a picnic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The waves were pretty strong, but great for boogie- boarding and surfing. Be careful not to get sucked in though. There were also gigantic rocks with holes blasted through, and beautiful purple sand. The flies were irritating because they would come after you after you start smelling like the sea.

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