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Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur

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The unspoiled Pfeiffer State Beach is a hit with locals but lesser known among tourists. Take a narrow road off the highway to reach this rugged oasis. Make sure to drive slowly, watching out for cars coming from the other direction. The beach's tranquil atmosphere and small crowds come at the cost of limited parking. You may have to wait for a spot. Once there, take a stroll, admire the dramatic views of offshore rocks and sea stacks, watch the waves crashing, and look for deposits of the area's unusual purple sand. You might even see a whale in the distance. Bring a sweater; it can get windy here. Use our Big Sur tour itinerary planning website to arrange your visit to Pfeiffer State Beach and other attractions in Big Sur.
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  • Gorgeous beach with crashing waves and purple sand. The first time we went around 4:30 pm on a Saturday, the parking lot was full so the ranger didn’t allow any more visitors. We attempted the next mo...  more »
  • Allow lots of time to stop and admire the jaw dropping views and scenery. Honestly don't try to rush anywhere or have a tight schedule you'll regret it!  more »
  • Very attractive beach down long steep road labelled NARROW ROAD. Presumably the beach gets enough visitors without advertising its presence. Two natural arches and sandy beach to walk along. You pay f...  more »
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  • It is beautiful and iconic! Though I was surprised at how small it is. If you go, it's better to go at sunset because the light shining through the holes in the rocks it breath taking! I got some awesome shots with my new Canon camera. It's like a wind tunnel though, so bring a good jacket.
  • I think the path leading to the beach makes it worth to visit :). It is a one lane road, so be prepared for the traffic from opposite direction. The beach is nice, the wave is a bit strong for going down on the day we visited. But the view is fantastic.
  • Beautiful area with an amazing beach and little trail to get there from the parking lot. The road to the parking lot is a pretty bumpy/rough single lane road so beware. Open from sunrise to sunset with no overnight stay and $10 fee per vehicle. We went there for a photoshoot and it was amazing! Check online for status on whether it is open.
  • Best spot for dogs and family. Sunset during the right month is amazing!
  • This is one of my favorite beaches. The natural setting of this park makes it a must visit!

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