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Pfeiffer Beach

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Address: Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number:
+1 805-434-1996

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Spectacular natural beauty

Scenery is spectacular. Few services available. My disappointment is the extremely high population, but that is only because I prefer my getaways to be quiet and serene and less... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lana W
Grenada, California
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Grenada, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Scenery is spectacular. Few services available. My disappointment is the extremely high population, but that is only because I prefer my getaways to be quiet and serene and less congested. Overall not a bad choice for Bucket List, just be prepared to share your space;)

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Lodz, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great landscape for photography but surely you can skip it if you have some plans for the day and want to save some valuable time.

Thank Adam S
McKinleyville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a safe swimming beach so keep an eye on the kids but a great place for a picnic. There is a short walk through a tree tunnel to get to the beach. Some times is can get windy even in the summer so bring a jacket.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here on the strength of a recommendation from another couple we met on the road. It's a very tucked away beach approx 2 miles from Hwy 1, the turning is sharp and easily missed. If you have a sat nav, ensure it is set and you are prepared to turn with plenty of time! It's a winding single... More 

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Bay Area Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Great campground with lots of areas to explore. Easy hiking with children. One of my favorite spots in Norcal

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Winter Haven, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This one can be tricky to find. The turnoff from Highway 1 is not well marked. Its just south of the bridge that is just south of the entrance to Pfieffer Big Sur State Park

1 Thank Mfandml
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful and is a must see while visiting Big Sur. Parking is a bit limited down at the bottom of the trail which is beach front however you do have the option to park up on the highway and can bike ride down to the beach. It is a 2 mile bike ride and makes a for about a 30... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is on the way to Pfeiffer Beach. Make sure you get a map at the Monterey info building when you drive into the city. They can give you a map of all of Big Sur and the location to this place, which is a narrow road fit for only one car at a time. It's great for getting iconic... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This is one special place, well worth the visit. There will be others I'm sure to walk on the purple sand and take that photo of the hole in the rock, but it is worth it

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This stop took us a little longer than I expected... I've been here twice, in the beginning of May and it was pretty crowded, and the second time was mid November at night to shoot the stars... It is a nice beach, but if you're pressed for time I'd definitely put the other stops in Big Sur above this one.

Thank LauraMiddle

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