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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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san diego
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

A beautiful beach but parking fills up fast. I do NOT recommend hiking to it. The walk down is long and luckily we hitched a ride back up.

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Sacramento, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This beach is outstanding for photography and just for marveling at its beauty! But fair warning -- be prepared to wait in a long line to get in because of the limited parking. However, if you don't mind walking two miles one way to get to the beach, you can skip the parking and waiting woes. I would complain about... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Long line to get into park (one in, one out rule for cars due to limited parking) is worth the wait to enjoy the scenery and walk in the sand! So many beaches in Big Sur are unaccessable, so we were happy to go here and get the full experience!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

just go there to enjoy the sunset, play with the small dunes , spot whales or, just for a sunbath.... it's worth payiyng the 10USD entrance fee

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Trabuco Canyon, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

2 miles on a single road leads you to a beautiful and breathtaking beach. We went early, very few people. Walked the beach and found an area where there were hundreds of stacked rocks that people did. Very cool. Great beach to watch waves crash on rocks. Bathroom was by parking lot, no running water so bring wipes to clean... More

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Azusa, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was just so beautiful! Finding it was a little hard- its a sudden turn off in the road that looks restricted, but it's only restricted for large trucks. It was really close to Big Sur Bakery. Paid $10 to get in, and had to wait for cars to come out in order to go in, but that was ok.... More

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This Beach is very exclusive and hard to find. It is well with the trip down the narrow road. It is a hidden gem. A must to see if you go to Big Sur.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Pros: beautiful scenery, clear and refreshing water, nice breeze. Make sure you walk down the beach to see the rock cairns. One of the better beaches I have ever visited. Cons: get there before noon. We arrived around 1:45 and had to wait 25 minutes to get in. There is very limited parking, so when it becomes full the staff... More

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This beach is a hidden gem. The entrance is not very obvious and it has no sign until you drive in a few yards. After drive down to the parking lot and walk to the beach, you will feel astonished when you see the purple beach is right in front of you. The sea arch is fantastic, it is the... More

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Bognor Regis, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Hard to find unless you are a local or know where to turn off Pacific Highway 1, long drive down a single lane bending road/ track, but worth the trip. $10 to park.

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