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Pfeiffer State Beach, Big Sur

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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 is a stunning beach, with wild waves at the end of a beautiful steep winding road. We biked to the beach and then sat in the sand in wonder as we watched the waves crash in and around the rocks.....  more
    This is a stunning beach, with wild waves at the end of a beautiful steep winding road. We biked to the beach and then sat in the sand in wonder as we watched the waves crash in and around the rocks.....  more »
  • One of the best stops on our Pacific Coast Highway trip. Beautiful beach with keyholes and yes, purple sand. The two mile drive is one lane and challenging. We got there at 11 am on a Wednesday and... 
    One of the best stops on our Pacific Coast Highway trip. Beautiful beach with keyholes and yes, purple sand. The two mile drive is one lane and challenging. We got there at 11 am on a Wednesday and...  more »
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  • It is perfect place to spend your day. The beach is really beautiful and when we went it was not so crowded. The entrance to this beach is off the main road, the road to the entrance of the beach is really narrow and hence we have to drive very careful and only 1 car can pass so often we have to give way. But I would like to really appreciate this state park staff who are always ready to help and are good with vehicles traffic on this narrow road. More photos please check my insta: fsk_photoz
  • Very very beautiful beach and weather is lovely out here. Entry fee is $12 and there are two parking lots with 35 and 25 cars capacity respectively. The road are narrow and bumpy so keep speed in check. The beach area is awesome with many beautiful caves and formations. Sea is alive and violent in some parts and others are good for kids to play. Hike over the mountain in the evening and you will picture perfect views of sunset.

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