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Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur

4.6
#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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  • We visited this beach on a week day during the Covid-19 pandemic. Arrived around 10:30am, the parking lot was half full. Probably around noon, you have to wait for other people to leave before they...  more »
  • 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 »

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