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Pfeiffer Beach

Sycamore Canyon Road, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 805-434-1996
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Awesome - so relaxing!

This place rocks. A perfect place to chill out at one of one of California's coolest locations... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
SMOgal
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Santa Monica, California
Show stopper but windy and cold

Gorgeous all the way around but extremely windy and cold. Make sure and wear long sleeves, pants... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
karen g
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Kerrville, Texas
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“purple sand” (225 reviews)
“narrow road” (80 reviews)
“rock formations” (78 reviews)
LOCATION
Sycamore Canyon Road, Big Sur, CA 93920
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+1 805-434-1996
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"purple sand"
in 225 reviews
"narrow road"
in 80 reviews
"rock formations"
in 78 reviews
"sycamore canyon road"
in 19 reviews
"yellow sign"
in 19 reviews
"waves crashing"
in 37 reviews
"parking lot"
in 65 reviews
"tide pools"
in 13 reviews
"single lane"
in 12 reviews
"limited parking"
in 18 reviews
"an adventure"
in 11 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 24 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 20 reviews
"pfeiffer state park"
in 15 reviews
"natural beauty"
in 12 reviews
"short walk"
in 21 reviews
"turn"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place rocks. A perfect place to chill out at one of one of California's coolest locations. Just breathe!

Thank SMOgal
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Gorgeous all the way around but extremely windy and cold. Make sure and wear long sleeves, pants, hat and jacket and something to cover your face...sunglasses too. You also have to walk through a small cold stream on some small boulders. You have to be...More

Thank karen g
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Definitely worth seeing!!! The beach was beautiful and was nice as we went early so had the beach to ourselves...was nice to relax and enjoy the views.

Thank Debaroo2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On a recent trip to California I spent a couple of days at Big this Sur. If you’re there make the trip down the windy, narrow road to Pfeiffer Beach. It’s well worth it. The rock formations are wonderful as is the beach. It’s very...More

Thank Steve F
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An easy path leads to a gem of a beach. Whether you have time for a picnic or just a quick dip of your toes in the Pacific, you will love this iconic spot. Beautiful, selfie-worthy scenery and unusual purple sand are what you may...More

Thank Peggy H
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Pfeiffer beach is a discovery. The access to it makes you wonder if you are really going to see something unique...but I tell you its worth the effort and drive. If you have children they will simply enjoy themselves on the shore, or climbing or...More

Thank Ravipg71
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Pfeiffer Beach is a hidden gem that many may miss when visiting Big Sur. My family and I didn't get a chance to see Pfeiffer Beach back in 2015 during our first visit since we didn't know where the road was that lead to the...More

1  Thank Bea D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The water is beautiful and worth seeing the "hole in the rock". It wasn't too packed when we went and parking was easy. Worth a quick little stop, but be warned the road to get to the beach is basically one way and very tight.

1  Thank Anastacia C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of the trails were closed. We paid the $10.00 to park and then nothing was really open to hike to. Save you money and park on the road.

Thank hollie f
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another noteworthy thing to do in Big Sur. Wonderful beach for walking along clean sand plus a lover arch formation amongst the rocks!

Thank PrasunChoudhury
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Garrett S
May 29, 2018|
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Response from BillyTeddy | Reviewed this property |
Agree with Mark B, but GO EARLY and you should be ok. There are 2 levels of parking so the first one you come to after you pay may be full but go forward . You can't get lost per se. Did I say GO EARLY? Think Pink Sand
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Mary_SanJose_CA
April 30, 2018|
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Response from Lauren H | Reviewed this property |
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Janet B
January 21, 2018|
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Response from al416902 | Reviewed this property |
You can get fairly close to the beach with your car, though the road is quite narrow and rough in places, but perfectly adequate. The walk from the parking lot to the beach is fairly short, but some of it is loose sand, so... More
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