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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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  • Pfeiffer Beach in the Big Sur area is definitely off the beaten path, but well worth to drive. It is the heart of Big Sur, drawing tourists, locals, photographers, and many a Highway 1 road-tripper...  more »
  • We had read about this beautiful beach and how hard it is to get to. We arrived the first day (Wednesday) around 4 and was turned around at the top of the entrance road. The staff told us to come...  more »
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