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Pfeiffer Beach

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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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My Most Favorite Beach

Such a picturesque beach that words cannot describe it. I love, LOVE this beach. It is usually windy and cool but I find it breathtaking. The road down is a bit slow and rough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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grand rapids mi
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grand rapids mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a picturesque beach that words cannot describe it. I love, LOVE this beach. It is usually windy and cool but I find it breathtaking. The road down is a bit slow and rough which is why this park is not "advertised". It is basically a one track road with lots of pull-offs allowing cars to get around each other.... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My favorite beach and visit it every time we go- it has purple sand, peace and quiet, away from people... definitely a must see!

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Larkspur, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very special beach in Big Sur. The California Coast is to die for and spending time on Pfeiffer Beach is a peaceful exilerating experience. If you get to Big Sur spend the extra time to hike down to Pfeiffer Beach. It will be well worth it!

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Tonopah, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little to difficult to find but worth it. Located off Sycamore Canyon Road in Los Padres National Forest. Be prepared to be patient to get to the beach as it is down a one lane road, and if it is a busy day the rangers have you wait until a parking space opens up. There was a decent amount... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great beach to watch the sunset on without the crowds. The turn off of the main road is not well marked so make sure to ask for specific directions. The beach is unusual because the top layer of sand is actually purple!

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is no road marker indicating to turn for this beach. At the nearby visitor center, they showed us the yellow warning sign that is right by the road. Going south it's a very hard right. Then once you find the road it's a long two miles down a one lane road. You have to pull over when you meet... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing beach at sunset! Loved how the light hits the waves and the rocks. Parking is 10 dollars but I arrived at 6:45 pm and there was nobody there so apparently its is free after 6 I guess

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here hoping to see purple sand, but in reality there is very little of it. We were disappointed to see that because there was so little purple sand it looked more dirty than pretty. We did not go right after the rain so maybe we would have seen more in other circumstances, but for the long wait to... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the $10 per car. Off the beaten path, a little hard to find, near the state park entrance. Very windy, not a good place for a picinic, but great for taking pictures and viewing the sunset.

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Temecula, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This gem of a place is worth the stop. The entrance isn't marked, so make sure you know where to look. The entrance has a fee (can't remember, but I think it was around $10/car) and is a very narrow road that mostly fits only one car, so you'll likely have to pull over when you come in contact with... More 

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