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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 14 attractions in Big Sur
Type: Beaches
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Ojai, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is not the place for that kind of commentary. Just go there!! Put this one on your bucket list. It is 50 characters long

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I've lolled on a lot a beaches, but this one is truly special. The rock formations are spectacular. The perfect place to spend an afternoon.

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It's a tricky beach to find but you're greatly rewarded for your troubles. Purple sand, beautiful rock formations and lots of sand to relax. This place is heavenly.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This beach is beautiful. I loved the pink sand and if I could talk my family into climbing the rocks we would have done that too. The road down was flooded and worn. We were in a 4wd suv but did see and were amazed that a prius was able to get through the flooded area.

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Noida, India
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Definitely Must See! It is indeed one of the beautiful places we have visited. Route (CA-1) takes you literally over the clouds to a beach where you can experience very raw and untouched (relatively) natural beauty. Magical it is! TIP: There is no food availability @ that place.Pack your bags with drinks and snacks to enjoy fully!

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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This spot is amazing. So much so our son and his finance are getting married here in a couple of months.

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Taylor, Michigan, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We loved going to this beach May is a little to cold to swim but we enjoyed wading our feet in the water and looking at all the rock formations!!

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Baltimore
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

From the McWay falls we went to see Pfeiffer Beach. The street which leads to the beach is not well marked and we had to use the GPS to find Sycamore Street. One can easily miss this street. This road is partially paved and abrupt but manageable with a compact car. The beach is impressive, wide, with purple sand, rocks... More

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Toronto
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85 reviews 85 reviews
65 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This place is simply amazing. The sand is purple. The sun apparently sets through one of the rocks in the cliff, however we didnt get a chance to see that, so cant confirm it . If possible visit late in the afternoon so you can also enjoy the sunset. Also, the place was little cold and windy. So you may... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Lovely beach with lots of landscape (Rock formations) and purple sand. Small stream of river meets the ocean. It was very windy but we had a good time. We visited in March and couldn't get in water becoz it was chilly for that. Some people were in water though :).

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