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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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Interesting Beach, Dress in Layers!

All the previous reviews are correct - hard to find, narrow road, beach is 2 miles from Hwy 1. Get there early because parking fills up fast in the summer. It's $10 and managed by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All the previous reviews are correct - hard to find, narrow road, beach is 2 miles from Hwy 1. Get there early because parking fills up fast in the summer. It's $10 and managed by the Forest Service, so your State Parks Parking Pass won't work. It will be nice and sunny at your campground... and then it may be... More 

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seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The beach was nice and relaxing. It was not to crowded when we went so it was a good day to go. There is some purple sand and it was fun for the kids to see. We had to drive by the entrance every day when we left our campground. Some days there was an electronic sign stating they were... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The day that we were there the wind was really strong and forceful. There was a strong current off the beach so swimming was not a good idea but wading was fine. If you walk around to the right of the beach you will come to lots of little statues that people have made with rocks. You can make your... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not to be confused with Jennifer Pfieffer state park. Go as early As you can because the parking lot will fill up. No sign for the sycamore canyon road that takes you down the one lane road to the beach. Turn not far past Pfeiffer big Sur state park at the yellow warning sign that says Narrow Road, No Trailers.... More 

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Thank Beth H
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not sure if this will actually count as a review because we never gained entry to the beach. We really wanted to see the purple sand, the rock with the keyhole cut out of it and the redwood deck. The beach is difficult to find because the entrance is not clearly marked. Everyone told us to look for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

One of the most stunning beaches around!!! The waves crashing on the rock formations totally make this a "must see." It is huge and expansive as well. Only problem: parking is limited during the summer, and it's a loooooong walk from Highway 1 to the beach, 2 miles to be exact. And even longer on the way back up!

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice small public - but $10 to park - public beach with amazing purple sand and spectacular rock formations.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably one of my favorite beaches in all of California, Pfeiffer Beach is not to be missed. Beautiful purple sand and the keyhole arch make this beach a great photo opp. It's not as difficult to find as some people say, just look for the yellow "narrow road" sign( on the right if you're driving south) The 2-mile road to... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Big Sur is beautiful! It lines the CA coast, with easy access view points. Bring wind breaker, it's pretty windy. Pfeiffer Beach is super cool with beautiful unique purple sand, totally worth a visit down, again very windy so wear layers with a windbreaker! Can be a day trip from the bay area, lots of food places and Inns, grocery... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Purple coated sand and wonderful rock formations. Small area with a number of people but never felt over-populated. Nice for a picnic and sand play, but you can't swim there. Great picture opportunities. Worth the drive even if it's a short stay.

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