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Beautiful place hard to find down a winding road. On the solstice the sun sets directly behind the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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A windy visit to the beach

Having parked up in the parking lot just off the highway and purchased our shuttle bus tickets to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phil A
Wallsend, United Kingdom
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Sycamore Canyon Road, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful place hard to find down a winding road. On the solstice the sun sets directly behind the cave

Thank DavidZ267
Reviewed 1 week ago

Luckily found the beach following instructions down a long and very windy road. It was a weekday so luckily not too crowded. It was extremely windy. Bathrooms were absolutely disgusting with no where to wash your hands (luckily the ocean was nearby!). I guess it's...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having parked up in the parking lot just off the highway and purchased our shuttle bus tickets to the beach we sat in the sunshine and waited, looking forward to an enjoyable day at the beach. Our little shuttle bus arrived and we clambered onboard...More

Thank Phil A
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a very short hike down to the beach for some amazing views and photos. This was totally worth the $10 it costs to enter and park.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located of Highway 1, but there are no entrance signs, and the road to get to Pfeiffer Beach is also unmarked. One has to keep an eye for the sign to make a turn off the highway and get ready to drive through gravel and...More

1  Thank mapawa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tried to sneak down and got shouted at by construction worker. There are signs along the highway advising road is closed. Stopped at bakery for a drink and snack instead.

1  Thank Billy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made a stop at the Pfeiffer Beach and glad we did. The views of the ocean, wind and water rushing to the shore are just hard to put into words, you need to go there to experience it! The beach was quiet when we...More

Thank jacksonlo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get out of the car! Walk the beach, take a DEEP breath! Go during the week if at all possible. Enjoy the journey!

1  Thank Mrmojo58
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach was tricky to find but well worth the effort. Hint* Sycamore Canyon Rd. There was almost nobody there mid week during sunset in August. I recall paying around $5 to enter. Amazing waves crashing into rocks....quite windy! Totally worth it!!

1  Thank Greg P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a beautiful place. We got there just in time for sunset. Now, I'm not from around here, so I'm not sure if it's always that cold, but I was shivering and glad for seat heaters in the rental car when I got back to...More

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July 16, 2018|
Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
It is sunset. The ARCH, the beach,and the ocean are West of the Santa Lucia mountains.
July 9, 2018|
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Response from Shirley N | Reviewed this property |
Pfeiffer state park is a state park, you pay once and can use all state parks. Pfeiffer Beach is private, you have to pay separately and no in/out privileges