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Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur

#2 of 14 in Parks in Big Sur
Beach · Nature / Park
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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  • You must get here well before noon in order to get a parking space or else you will be turned away. Very limited parking for the amount of people that want to go to this beach (during peak tourist...  more »
  • We were doing a road trip with the family up to San Francisco and then down the coast back to San Diego. This was one of a couple of stops along Big Sur and it was well worth it! We passed the...  more »
  • Soft sand, cool breeze and the best the California coast has to offer.
  • We weren’t able to go into the park or the beach because of the California fires. Authorities were everywhere and weren’t letting us in. No complaints here. The surrounding areas are beautiful and I’ll be back soon

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