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Pfeiffer Beach

Sycamore Canyon Road Right off Highway 1, Big Sur, California 93920 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Fri 9a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“discover unspoiled beauty”

Pfeiffer Beach is a beautiful, unspoiled beach that's popular with locals, somewhat unknown among tourists and well worth your time. Besides beautiful offshore views of rocks and sea stacks and some nice surfing waves, this beach has unusual purple sand, from manganese garnet particles washing down the hillside. The further north on the beach you go, the more purple it becomes.

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Reviewed by
Greek_nomad

  • Road Warrior
  • 401 Reviews
  • 205 Helpful
September 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

What a gorgeous walk this one to Pfeiffer Beach we had, The whole family was satisfied.

The water is crystal clear and then it tends to become a deep blue or even purple, if you get to see further on.

There are people visiting and they sit to admire this scenic background of the beach. This is what we did after walking..

Strongly recommended.

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Reviewed by
Dee Ashley

  • 19 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 14, 2017
Rated 5.0

*** AS OF MAY 2017: CHECK to be certain Highway 1 is passible from wherever you're coming from! Recent landslides have taken out the only viable route (bridge) in the Big Sur region to this area, depending on your direction from! ***

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Reviewed by
korazonazul

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 05, 2016
Rated 5.0

Worth the stop. On this 4th of July holiday weekend it was full and once the parking lot is full there is no going in. If you stop by on any other weekend its fine. Once you find the unmarked entrance off of PCH 1 you'll go down a very narrow and woodsy road. At the end is the parking area. Parking is $10 CASH ONLY. There are bathrooms but its porto-potty style so be ready for the smell. The beach is beautiful and clean. The rock formations are picture perfect with the waves crashing on them. The beach area is about 3/4 of a mile long that you can walk and enjoy. Its just so beautiful.

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Reviewed by
knansteel

  • 14 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0

Really beautiful and picturesque beach- definitely not touristy! My kids loved the purple sand :)

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 636 Helpful
March 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

Then head to Pfeiffer Beach to see the Sun Portal at Pfeiffer Beach. This sea archway creates an incredible natural sun portal between December and January, when light pours out of the archway.

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Reviewed by
roadtripperkate

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 19, 2016

Go left at the parking lot. Really cool waterfall & info about first settlers and the foundation of their house. Very pretty! Saint Lucia Waterfall.

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Reviewed by
elizabeth.feroze

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 19, 2016
Rated 3.0

really nice view, but super crowded!

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Reviewed by
wildchildstyle

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 27, 2016
Rated 5.0

If you are in the area during January and February be sure to stick around for sunset to witness the sun portal the becomes visible around 2 hours before sundown. There will be a decent amount of photographers set up to capture the moment but it will not spoil your view. My friends and I spent a entire day here taking in the view and would go back in a heart beat! An easy walk to the beach and there is purple sand! So cool. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed by
TexasAud10

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
December 29, 2015

This is a true hidden gem! PURPLE sand!!!!!! I'm not kidding! If you go after a rain that's when there's supposed to be the most purple sand. The walk from the parking area is easy and the beach is beautiful.

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Reviewed by
yasmyn

  • 18 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
March 12, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful! We made it while the sunset went through the "door". Have to go for yourself to get the feel ❤️❤️

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Pfeiffer Beach

Sycamore Canyon Road Right off Highway 1
Big Sur, California
93920 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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