Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area

Currently Closed
  • Address: Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1,Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8054341996
  • Ticket Price: 10 USD
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Water Body, Waterfront, Family And Kids

Dog friendly and crescent-shaped beach, purple sands, huge double rocks are some of the significant features that describe this beautiful Pfeiffer Beach. The huge waves of the sea crashes along the coast and windy atmosphere of the place makes the sea too dangerous for swimming. However, you would love to walk around the beach as you get to enjoy incredible views of the sea. Dig your finger into the wet sand and you get to see the purple sand. It happens because of the manganese garnet that gets washed down the uneven hill slope. However, if you plan for an overnight camping, Pfeiffer Beach is not the destination. 

  • The beach is a day use area.
  • No overnight camping is allowed.
  • The beach is dog friendly.
  • The Day use area is open 7 days a week.

  • $10 for car parking.

  • By car

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  • Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area Address: Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1,Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
  • Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area Contact Number: +1-8054341996
  • Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area Timing: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area Price: 10 USD
  • Best time to visit Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area(preferred time): 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 85.33% of people who visit Big Sur include Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area in their plan

  • 42.16% of people start their Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

94.47% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area

People normally club together Monterey Bay Aquarium and Bixby Creek Bridge while planning their visit to Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • All the signs and information said this was closed, but we drove in anyway and were told it's only open on weekends as of October 2018. Drive down slowly and carefully! Beach is stunning.

  • Looked for a very long time to find this magical beach. Heard story's and legends of the purple sand beach with a doorway to heaven. Thought it was made up. No one could remember the name. Then we found it. It is incredible. You may have to dig to see the purple sand but it's beautiful. Go at sunset or around to see the doorway. Once a year the sun lines up with the door in perfect sync just once. It's magic. Great spot to hangout for day too!

  • Loved it. Water is very cold so unless you have good gears you may not be able to get into water. Very natural place where you feel bot transedsntal with huge Pacific waves hitting against giant but elegant and beautiful Rocky structures.. all with rocky mountains facing Pacific.

  • Soooo picturesque!!! The water of course is cold so I do not recommend going in it but you do have to pay a $2 cash toll before entering, not to mention the narrow road you will have to drive to get to the entrance. The road is suppose to hold two cars going the opposite way but some areas you will have to pull over or stop to let the other car pass. It’s worth it though!

  • Must see, all natural. Take the bus from the park down is highly sugguested..

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