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I say adventure because the road down to Pfeiffer is an experience! Wow! No one is exaggerating... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vinter85
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Long Island, NY
So peaceful - beautiful beach

Definitely a must go if in the area. You can go for a quick walk or stay for hours. The sun and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Previewer1
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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I say adventure because the road down to Pfeiffer is an experience! Wow! No one is exaggerating when they say it's a narrow winding road. We lucked out and got there by 11 am. There wasn't much traffic coming back up. When we finally made...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a must go if in the area. You can go for a quick walk or stay for hours. The sun and waves make this place magical.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove up from Kirk Creek camp ground. It was a weekday right before Thanksgiving so even though we arrived in late morning we were still able to get parking. My kids would have spent the whole day here. Wishing we would have brought sand...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank TryEverythingLife
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m adding this review in case you plan on coming here, call to see when the road is finished as it was closed on our visit. This is my favorite Big Sur spot and I was beyond disappointed when my hotel mentioned it’s closed due...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank ddavis130
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing beach but limited access. There are limited parking spaces to access this beach and they will turn you away if it’s full. Parking was $10 and this park is not part of the California State Park system so your annual pass does not apply....More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank tskelton
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful beach. Have been many times, often it is very windy. But always worth the winding narrow road. The purple sand is breathtaking. Recently saw lots of crabs & sea shells. A must stop for my party twice each year. No matter how much the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank kayp941
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

I spend hours researching on Trip Advisor before any vacation. We drove up from LA, spent a week in Carmel, Monterey, drove down Hwy 1 seeing some of the most beautiful scenery and visited all the top spots - THIS one was my favorite. This...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Daydream537751
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

We tried to get to Pfeiffer Beach a day earlier but the parking lot was full and didn’t have the energy to hike down after a long flight. We went early the next morning right after sunrise and we were two of maybe a dozen...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank 2wheeltherapy
Reviewed October 27, 2018

This is very popular and parking gets filled up quickly. We made 2 attempts to get in during the afternoon but was turned away by the attendants. Around 5, we decided to go back when there were no more attendants at the entrance but we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank nlitend
Reviewed October 24, 2018

Drove in on a Friday morning as soon as the road opened. It was a narrow approach with few turn outs for oncoming traffic. There was parking at the bottom for about 50 cars. The beach was a short walk from the parking. The beach...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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varshholidaying
July 16, 2018|
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Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
It is sunset. The ARCH, the beach,and the ocean are West of the Santa Lucia mountains.
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colleen643
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Response from 141shirleyn | Reviewed this property |
Pfeiffer state park is a state park, you pay once and can use all state parks. Pfeiffer Beach is private, you have to pay separately and no in/out privileges
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