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Partington Cove, Big Sur

4.9
#4 of 6 in Outdoors in Big Sur
Offering pristine views of the ocean, Partington Cove is a raw, unspoiled rocky beach at the end of a steep hiking trail that cuts through a tree-lined canyon, crosses a wooden bridge, and goes through an 18 m (60 ft) tunnel. The entrance to the downhill dirt path can be easily missed, so study the directions carefully before you go. If you wish to have the immaculate cove just for yourself, go early in the morning. Make Partington Cove part of your personalized Big Sur itinerary using our Big Sur planner .
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  • this is one of the most stunning locations on the California coast, a must to see and stay. Plenty of camp grounds, cabins and beautiful scenery to enjoy for the whole family at reasonable fees  more »
  • I love the drive along the coast and this is one of my favorite views - so stunning and satisfying. I can't wait to go back, although we in the north will have to wait until the Pfeiffer Bridge is rep...  more »
  • It is easy to miss the trail head so be on lookout for a green gate on the ocean side between Nepenthe and Julia Pfeiffer State park entrance. Cars parked alongside the highway are the best sign for t...  more »
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  • Really cool spot just a short hike in from Hwy 1. Definitely take the time to go explore. The tunnel is awesome and the rocks at the end of the trail are a great place to chill and watch the ocean
  • Nice spot! #iloveitontop
  • Beautiful spot to watch the waves crashing against the rocks. An otter was hanging out with us riding the waves. Park on the side of the road, but be very careful of traffic. The trail down is short but steep.
  • Lovely place! please be aware of the warning signs and the waves.
  • Such Cool history! Worth the short hike !

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