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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 absolutely stunning. Gorgeous sandy beach cove. Awkward to get to as in single file lane down certain parts and during busy periods it can cause a back up of traffic. Get there early....  more »
  • Well worth a visit. Went at low tide and tide pools were great. Parking is ten dollars and worth every penny. Fun road in.  more »

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