Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in California presents a seeming unlimited number of places to stop for incredible coastal views. Every couple of miles you’ll find yourself wanting to pull over to take a photo or stop at the next town for an ice cream or bite to eat.
One place that we had earmarked to visit on our last trip was Pfeiffer Beach. Located in Big Sur the beach is accessible via Sycamore Canyon which during our visit was an unsigned road. This is quite a steep and narrow road that winds its way down to a car park 2 miles from the turning off of Highway 1.
From the parking area the beach is a short 5 minute walk away along a path through some trees. As the beach reveals itself in front of you you’ll immediately know why you came.
We had seen the photos but they really didn’t do it justice compared to actually being there.
Although we visited late afternoon there were still plenty of people enjoying the beach. Many people were visiting as we were, looking to take a walk along the beach as the sun started setting.
We arrived at the beach late afternoon which we’d read to be the best time of day. The biggest draw at this time was the sunset and the beautiful views of Keyhole Rock.
Keyhole Rock is a naturally formed arch that during sun set allows the sun the beam through. This creates a spectacular sight on the beach which coupled with the purple sand makes the visit here well worth it.
Pfeiffer beach really is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve stepped foot on. The combination of sea, sand, rocks and shadows from the low sun create an incredible experience that is well worth your time.
We spent around an hour wandering around on the beach but you could easy spend considerably longer here, especially if you are looking to do a spot of sunbathing.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re reading this post wondering whether or not to visit, stop wondering and start adding it to your itinerary. It’s absolutely beautiful and one of the top locations along the famous Pacific Coast Highway route in Big Sur!
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