Discover Big Sur and Pfeiffer Beach

Discover Big Sur and Pfeiffer Beach
Jason Nockels

Written by Jason Nockels

The natural wonders and vistas of California and its state parks inspire travels from around the globe to visit the state each year, not to mention its beautiful weather. Among the attractions the state has to offer is the wildly popular “Big Sur” area. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is world-renowned for its majestic beauty, old growth Redwood trees, and awe-inspiring views of the California coastline. Along with this stretch of coast, where the park meets the Pacific, lies the hidden treasure Pfeiffer Beach. It is one of the most visually stunning beaches in the state and is a necessary stop for any travels looking to seriously explore the area.

Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach captivates travellers with its beautiful blue waters, gorgeous coastline sunsets, magnificent large jutting rock formations, steep cliffsides, and purple sand beaches. At every turn, the landscape and natural features of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Pfeiffer Beach beckon to be explored. For those in the know, one of the most special moments a traveller can experience along the beach is witnessing the sun as it dips below the ocean horizon through the Pfeiffer Keyhole rock formation at sunset. The area is so visually alluring that many areas of Big Sur were used in the movie “The Sandpiper”, starring Elizabeth Taylor, including Pfeiffer Beach.

Things to do in the area:

Stretching along the coastline, the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park also includes miles of diverse hiking trails, campsites and picnic areas, designated scuba diving areas, the McWay Waterfall House, the historic power producing Pelton Wheel, and even vistas to go whale watching. Natural features abound in the park, such as trails filled with ancient Redwood trees, McWay Creek, canyons, and a number of waterfalls. Most of these are accessible by well-established hiking trails, and many have tourist-friendly parking. Some camping areas are set deep enough into the park that they require you to hike in, but you won’t be disappointed by the journey.

Things to know before you go!

For those of you wishing to explore the area, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is open 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Day-access costs are only $10 per car, per day. If you can’t find parking at one of the parks many parking lots, parking is allowed on the side of Highway 1. In addition, please note that dogs are not allowed on the trails; they are only allowed on paved areas, and must be leashed at all times. Though camping and metal-ringed fires are allowed in the park, neither are allowed at Pfeiffer Beach.


Big Sur is along the Pacific Coast Highway, so make sure you check this awesome place out when you book an RV with Mighway. Know any other great spots close by in the area? Tell us about them in the comments below!