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Review of Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
278 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Definitely worth exploring the whole beach - dont just stop at the first stretch of sand you see. Also it is best to find out when the high and low tides are so you can make the most of the whole beach at low tide. NB when it gets busy, you may have to park your car at the top of a 2 mile road and walk down, so be prepared to wait or come early.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
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“Unique beach!”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Cover your flesh! The wind whips so fiercely here, you will be subjected to a full body sand exfoliation. Great rock formations and purple sand!

Visited June 2013
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“Go early, spectacular beach! Dog friendly”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Absolutely breathtaking beach. Bring your camera! We went Labor Day weekend and it was very warm with little wind. As with all CA beaches, the water is cold. Too cold and rough for most people to swim in, but the scenery makes up for that. We got to the entrance around 1PM and the lot was full. We decided to make the walk. 2 miles didn't sound like much, but it was a long walk. It took us 45 mins each way. Totally worth it, but know going into it that it is not a quick stroll. If you choose to walk it, bring lots of water. I wouldn't recommend doing it with kids. We did it with a dog, which was fine, but you are on a road so you have to watch for cars. No fee if you walk in!

Overall a must do, totally worth the trip.

Visited September 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Raw and Intense. Jaw Dropping. Don't miss!”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

We had seen that this was a Big Sur must see on Tripadvisor so we had to go. Yes, the road to it is barely marked. Yes, it is a narrow, one lane dirt road that goes on forever and seems like there couldn't possibly be anything at the end. And yes, when you reach the public parking lot and walk through the trees to the beach your sox will be knocked off! We visited in the late afternoon when the sun was getting low in the sky and the photography was great. The sun was lighting up the keyhole thru the rock and the waves were violent and wild. it was windy and the sand was blowing around our lower legs and it was stinging but it just added to the intensity of the experience. I suggest bringing or wearing a pair of long pants. This was a true highlight of our California
vacation. Definitely worth the effort to get there.

Visited September 2012
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Metro DC
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Scenic but not for swimming”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Love the beach and it's rock formations. However, it's a well kept secret since it's access road is not marked on Highway 1. Also, the two mile drive from the turnoff to the parking lot is a narrow, curvy road that's only one lane at times.

Visited August 2013
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