Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area, Big Sur

Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area - A Quick Overview


Address: Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1,Big Sur, CA 93920, United States

Phone: +1-8054341996

Ticket Price: 10 USD

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

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About Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area, Big Sur

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. 

Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area Information

  • 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.

Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area Ticket Prices

  • $10 for car parking.

How To reach Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area by Public Transport

  • By car

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Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area, Big Sur Reviews

  • The road that takes you to the beach is a narrow, one lane road. $10 fee for vehicle. You can find traces of Purple sand on this beach! It is a clean, dog friendly beach! The water is cold like most California beaches. Overall enjoyed it! I suggest you get food and water. There are public restrooms that look clean but smell bad.

  • What can I say - it's a beautiful park on the California coast. All of the state parks are easy to find and parking was easy.

  • Not worth the hype. Scenery and view of similar beach can be found anywhere on the coast of highway 1, or costal trail of Point Lobos park...NOT worth 10$. Beach was not even wide and only "cool" thing was somewhat purple? hue of sand and a dumb rock.

  • First off, you can access this place from Monterey currently. Highway One does not close currently until after Mcway Falls. I was at Pfeiffer beach in mid-December this year, and it was not my first time going there. The road down from Highway one is narrow and one lane and places, but if you take your time it's perfectly doable. There's a $10 fee to get in, and I've heard some people say it's not worth it as they only see purple sand. These people are missing the entire point of this Beach. The sunsets here can be quite stunning, and the Keyhole Arch is well known among photographers. If you come at the correct time of year the sun puts on quite a show through the arch. Definitely worth the $10 fee. I personally wouldn't waste my time at Point Lobos State Reserve because they throw you out just Before Sunset. I'm the kind of person that wants to stay and view everything until dusk. This beach has dawn to dusk hours which makes it worth the Trek as far as I'm concerned. You can come during the day, let your kids play on the beach and then stay for the sunset and watch the light to dusk. I don't like paying to go to California state parks so I generally avoid them if I can, but this one was worth the fee in my opinion. I'm a professional landscape photographer so I don't use the next sentence lightly: the sunsets behind the rocks and the keyhole Arch are stunning, especially when you come at the right time of year and the sunlight is shining through the arch. It's worth every penny of the $10 entrance fee. To address the person who in another review said go to Point Lobos instead: to me, Point Lobos was a waste since they throw you out before the best light.

  • Overpriced and underwhelming. It cost $10 to hangout on this beach that has only one defining feature, big rocks in the water. Or maybe seeing redish colored sand matters to you, but I felt it wasn't worth the drive or fee.

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