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Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur

4.6
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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  • This beach was beautiful! It was a bit windy when we visited in April so we didn't stay long, but the purple sand and rock formations were worth the trip.  more »
  • So many unique features that a visit will never be forgotten. The rock formation with keyhole can be scaled to the top of its peak. As a Southern California native I am spoiled by stunning beaches but...  more »

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