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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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$10 to drive down is OK

This is definitely worth seeing because you will get some good pictures. It costs $10 to drive down but it will save you lots of time. Be ready for an exciting two way road that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Trabuco Canyon, California
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Trabuco Canyon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is definitely worth seeing because you will get some good pictures. It costs $10 to drive down but it will save you lots of time. Be ready for an exciting two way road that is very narrow. You will need to pull over to share the road with oncoming traffic.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and hope I can visit again. It is a little difficult to find if you miss the sign on the side of the road and the road down may seem a little scary but it is worth it. This beach is a dream if you like photography.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Pretty spectacular for sunset. Very limited parking but we managed to get a spot - we went at 6:30 and sunset was at 7:45. That is partially what makes is so special though - it's not crawling with people. Many people had picnics and blankets.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I guess if you go there around sunset you might enjoy it more - especially when you see the light beams coming through the hole in the rock. For us, unfortunately, we went in mid afternoon and it wasn't as impressive as I'd hoped for. It was also very windy with 'flying sand' so we left again after 10-15 minutes.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful beach with some different colored sand and amazing views. There are definitely some great picture opportunities here. There is a small fee to get in as it is a state park but worth the few bucks.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very special beach and not easy to find... We got instructions and we followed them carefully... There are no easy signs from the highway... The sand is purple, the wind is wild and the scenery fantastic.... No kids (almost if you are lucky), no pets, no worries... You can just sit on the sand and plan your next 100 years....😜

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We only wanted a quick stop late in the afternoon, so ended up paying the $10 'parking' charge for only half an hour. Found a parking spot easily, but as we left it was getting busier, presumably with people coming to see the sunset. It was a beautiful beach, not at all crowded, very windy! Great to watch the waves... More 

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Long Beach, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This spot, along with a number of other known spots in the Big Sur area, enable you to get a good experience of, and feeling for, Big Sur.

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

always use your GPS, it can be hard to get there. Once there, it´s great to just relax and look at the whole scenario, it gives you a peace of mind on another level. A little cold to get into the water, try to get there before the sunset, and stay to watch. One of the prettiest beaches ever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Purple sand beach! Not easy to find. It's just after mile marker 45 if you're coming from the north. Then it's a hard right turn. Still, others seem to find it because it was filling up fast when we left around noon on a Monday.

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