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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 71%Budget Travelers
- 71%Family Travelers
- 64%Adventure Travelers
- 64%Green Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
Member Reviews (18)
- Pfeiffer BeachMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersAdventure TravelersNov 23, 2013
This place can be quite a challenge to find. It's just south of the actual Big Sur park entrance on Hwy 1. You'll pass right by it if you don't know what to look for. So look for a series of mailboxes on the side of the road on a side road that goes down. That's Sycamore Canyon Road. Follow it a few miles (watch out for other cars coming up the hill - law states that you must yield to uphill traffic) until you get to the park entrance. It costs about $5 or so to park there and then walk down to the beach.
- Pfeiffer BeachOct 19, 2013
It's often windblown down here at the end of the narrow canyon road, which empties out on a beach where the sand is tinged purple (from the manganese that washes down from the rocky hillsides). Photographers make it a point to come here when the sun is angled just right to shine through the picturesque sea arch.
- Pfeiffer BeachMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Sep 09, 2013
Windy and wild - this beach is absolutely stunning, with huge rock formations, natural arches with waves crashing through them, and famous pink sand. Lots of space to relax and play.
- Pfeiffer BeachJul 15, 2013
A secret hidden beach off the California Coast of Big Sur on Route 1. The road that leads to the beach is hidden. It's $3 to park your car. The sand on this beach is purple colored and the rock formations are majestic. A great place to meditate.
- Pfeiffer Beach
- Pfeiffer BeachMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersFeb 04, 2013
Best for Dramatic Landscapes: The miles of cliff-lined Pacific Coast that parallel California’s Highway One are all scenic, but Pfeiffer beats out nearby stretches for its rocky coves and unusual purple sand, earning the No. 2 ranking for its dramatic landscape.
- Pfeiffer BeachDec 06, 2012
This is my favorite beach in all of California. It's such an interesting place with massive rock formations and cliffs, it's like a scene from a movie. Cheap to get into, and being so isolated means you don't have to deal with a lot of people at any given time - and if you do they're probably locals anyway.
Ask for directions when you get to Big Sur.
- Pfeiffer BeachJul 26, 2012
It's tricky getting to this beach and it's one road so you have to becareful with incoming traffic. There are rocks to climb but be very cautious because you can fall and get injured. This place can be quite windy, but definitely a secret beach that very few people may know.
- Pfeiffer Beach
- Pfeiffer BeachMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Hidden away down a windy forest road is the beautiful splendor that is Pfeiffer Beach. This is one of my favorite beaches in the Northern part of Big Sur, mainly due to it's seemingly remote location, interesting geologic features, and diverse habitats. One of the most eye-catching, and heavily photographed of these is the stone "doorway" just offshore. Another unique feature is the abundant pink sands that stain sections of the beach in ripples and waves. There are basic restroom facilities onsite, and regulated parking for about $5 a car, but otherwise there are no other signs of civilization except for a couple of private residences along the road...so make sure you have some snacks and water with you when you go!