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Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur

4.6
#2 of 14 in Parks in Big Sur
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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  • Beautiful beach, it was a bit harry making the turn off the main road! Didn't even realize it was a turn until we saw other cars coming out of a small dark driveway. Its a long narrow road to get to.....  more »
  • One of the many beautiful beaches off Hwy 1 to visit. The road getting down to it is a little rough but worth it. Once you make it the views make it all perfect. Grand views of rock features and...  more »

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