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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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  • The purple sand, sea lions, dolphins etc..just 2miles in off the 1hwy. Very memorable and distinct. Not too crowded.  more »
  • Getting to Pfeiffer Beach off Highway One in Big Sur takes a little time and a day use fee. The turnoff is not easy to see. It is just south of Big Sur Station on the unsigned Sycamore Canyon Road, a ...  more »
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