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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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A great beach with spectacular views.

It's a great beach to pack a lunch or lite snack and watch a sunset. The jagged rocks create... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
89jefferyn
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Sugar Grove, United States
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Purple sand beautiful & rock formations, great place to hang out

Too bad the beach is closed, we really enjoyed the unusual rock formations and the sea roaring in... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
turquoisewaterfan
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Perry Hall, Maryland
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“purple sand” (211 reviews)
“narrow road” (73 reviews)
LOCATION
Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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+1 805-434-1996
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a great beach to pack a lunch or lite snack and watch a sunset. The jagged rocks create amazing opportunities for taking pictures. The rough water and jagged rocks make it a little difficult for young ones to swim or play in the water.

Thank 89jefferyn
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Too bad the beach is closed, we really enjoyed the unusual rock formations and the sea roaring in. I like to visit beaches of different colors, and this beach did not disappoint. The beach has streaks of purple, from eroded crystals of garnet. The short...More

3  Thank turquoisewaterfan
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

The beach is currently closed because of road closures. The sign to say the beach is closed is about .5 mile before the road shuts 😤, long way to drive for nothing! The park is open though

7  Thank Fiji777
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We were so sad to find out that Pfeiffer Beach is closed. We made an assumption that since the park was open, that the beach would be as well, but sadlly, not so.

10  Thank Susen S
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

We loved the beach. Beautiful and fun place to see the place where the water from the waterfall meets the ocean.

1  Thank Joe P
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Beautiful empty beach with the two big rocks making it a nice dramatic scenery on PCH drive. Great for sunsets or just some picturesque shots. Dont miss the exit to go to this beach on the PCH, its kinda tricky to notice. Unpaved road leads...More

3  Thank shine82h
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Absolutely one of the most beautiful beaches ever! A must see place to view a sunset at least once in your life!

Thank Mrsminiver13
Reviewed 19 May 2017

My favorite color is purple; naturally this beach was on my bucket-list. While it was tricky to find and there was a small entry fee (sorry don't remember what it was), it was absolutely worth it for me to see purple sand. The beach is...More

2  Thank Brenda2772
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Being a Florida boy I've never seen anything like it. From the purple sand to the smooth stones, the rock formations the waves are crashing through the caves in the rocks. Must see!

4  Thank Eric Z
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Nice road tr but a bit long and quite foggy, sometimes the road is a bit scary to be honest, but the view is impressive

1  Thank Paul R
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mayra g
8 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
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Karen F
17 May 2017|
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Response from Wayne C | Reviewed this property |
Google maps is your friend.
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Moix-P
15 May 2017|
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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
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