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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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Beautiful!

We saw a sea otter! The beach is so cool, with crashing waves in front and mountains behind. People were climbing on the rocks. There is a nice walk and it is really a beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We saw a sea otter! The beach is so cool, with crashing waves in front and mountains behind. People were climbing on the rocks. There is a nice walk and it is really a beautiful place. The road is hard to find, we needed GPS after missing it a few times, but it was totally worth it!

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Well worth the trouble to find it. Keyhole rock, the beach, the cliffs. Take a towel. Suggest going there first thing to minimize crowds. It's two miles down a one-lane road with turnouts. Going down, not so bad. Going up, pay close attention.

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Terryville, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

one of the most stunning beaches i've ever been to. hard to find, especially if you are travelling south. 2 mile drive to the beach! great outcroppings of rock, long stretch of beach. peaceful and beautiful.

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NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This place is easy to miss off the main road - but a not to miss location. We arrived around 330 and had to wait for cars to pull out of the parking lot, but it didn't take too long. It seemed many people head down for sunset, which is probably beautiful. We stayed for about 2 hours, which was... More 

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Nipomo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The is a beautiful beach. There is a fee to park and then a short walk down to the beach. The view is awesome and a must see if you are driving along the Big Sur Coast.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Very cool, windy drive in and then a stunning beach with unusual rock formations. Ended up staying 2-hours...

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Worth the little drive down from US 1 to see this stunning location. Just a beautiful place to see, run around and enjoy the beautiful coast. Dont skip it, even if the kids dont want to stop.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is the most amazing beach in Big sur. It is mysterious, beautiful, spectacular, incredible... You can just seat on the beach and admire it, or you can go for a walk and admire the beautiful nature around it.

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Finding the road to get here is a little tricky but totally worth the effort. We felt like our drive down was longer than we expected. There are bathrooms in the parking area. Walk down the pathway between the tree to the beautiful beach. It was a great surprise. So much prettier than we expected.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a secluded beach with limited parking which makes it less busy as otherwise it is a 2 mile walk. Fantastic rock formations ans scenery with crashing waves and the cold Pacific to splash about it. No commercial outlets which adds to the place, only toilets and a man taking $10 for parking....

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Address: Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: (805) 434-1996
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur

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