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Pfeiffer Beach

Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 805-434-1996
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Place is great, but let's talk about the road.

Great beach and picturesque location. At the beach, i made the mistake thinking that the first rock... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sunnyvale, California

Great place to visit and see Beauty on the California coast...Nice places to stop and see from... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Glendale, California
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“purple sand” (213 reviews)
“narrow road” (74 reviews)
“rock formations” (75 reviews)
Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 805-434-1996
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great beach and picturesque location. At the beach, i made the mistake thinking that the first rock was the main one with the opening, but it is the second one that is it. Everything is great about the beach as others have reviewed. There are...More

2  Thank sbndogg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit and see Beauty on the California coast...Nice places to stop and see from different angles and nice bridges along the way...Visit at Sunset

Thank travelshooter71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here on a windy day in October, which made for quite a cold visit, but the big surf that day was spectacular to watch as it crashed on the large rocks. It is a fairly expansive beach with lovely sand (some purple) and...More

Thank al416902
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Drive through the tree filled woods to arrive at a beautiful beach with mountains at the shores & a huge rock with a hole where u can enjoy watching the surf crashing through it. The sand is the softest in CA! This is a magical...More

Thank Lauren H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Truly one of the prettiest spots at Big Sur! The beach us breathtaking! We got so many amazing photos here. The sand is purple in some areas. Highly recommend bringing water socks or sandals that you are ok with getting wet if you climb on...More

1  Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If driving up OR down the coast on a road trip, this is a wonderful place to stop. Depending how much time you have, you can make it a quick stretch OR spend the whole week here (camping on the campgrounds). Travel Tip: Catch the...More

2  Thank NeoNorth
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Finding Pfeiffer Beach is definitely a challenge, but worth it. I had read previous reviews that said it would be difficult to find and thought I was prepared from all my research. Another review said to look for a narrow road sign when headed south...More

3  Thank Sherry M
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Fun to spend a few hours. The beach wasn’t overly crowded in October. Was $10 to enter. The sand really is purple in area. Lots of kelp has washed ashore.

2  Thank Tiffyjo7
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Amazing beach with purple sand. It's 10 dollars for park entrance and then a quick walk to the beach. It's one of the nicest beaches in California

2  Thank MrNice2015
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is an amazing area: you have the ocean and beach with great views, the rugged coast and, as we were fortunate, a stunning day with the sun up in the air. I am sure that it would look equally amazing even on a very...More

2  Thank TERRAvelista
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mayra g
7 June 2017|
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Response from cheri a | Reviewed this property |
No....I do not think it is accessible to the beach. I mean if you scaled down the cliff side maybe but it would not be advisable (very dangerous). I have been a few times and it is pretty rough and well preserved. You can... More
Karen F
16 May 2017|
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Response from Wayne C | Reviewed this property |
Google maps is your friend.
15 May 2017|
Response from Mfandml | Reviewed this property |
It is a 3 hour drive one way. You will not have much time to do anything but drive. A much more doable day trip from San Francisco is to rent a car downtown and go to Napa Valley. It is only 2 hours each way, just be careful... More