Big Sur Pfeiffer Beach
Th name Big Sur was derived from El Sur Grande ( The Big South ) which describes the unexplored, untouched, and ragged wilderness located In the coast south of Monterey. It is located right on the PCH or Highway rt 1. We have driven the PCH 3x already within the last 3 years and we have passed by the area so much but we never stopped by. We had a week off from work last month and we decided to camp our way up to Oregon and Big Sur was our first stop. Usually it gets pretty busy around summertime but when we were there in March it was pretty packed. We wanted to stay at Pfeiffer State Park but that was sold out. 180 campsites were fully booked but we were lucky to find a campground that had a couple sites open. I wanted to share some photos that my hubby took of our trip. The beach was stunning and the best part was the purple sand.
The best part about camping is that we can take our best bud Diesel with us. He loves the beach.
The proximity of the ocean provides a unpredictable climate. Winters are mild and Summer brings in the perfect sunny weather. We went in March and it was pretty chilly in the morning but by noon it was nice and warm. If you decide to visit in the spring I would recommend to bring both warm and cold clothing or at least wear layers.
** photos above: by Luis Guanzon
This is one of the reasons why I wanted to visit Big Sur. Pfeiffer Beach is the only one where you can find this color sand. Although it’s not the entire beach, you can find patches of purple colored sand. It comes from the Manganese Garnet hills being eroded and washed down the creek to the ocean.
Pfeiffer Beach is located on Sycamore Canyon Road. Keep in mind that this beach is not in Pfeiffer State Park but it is on Los Padres National Forest Land. It can be easily missed since there’s no street name. I would recommend to stop at the Post Office (Big Sur ) right next to a deli shop and ask for directions. Once you find Sycamore Canyon Road just take it all the way to the end. There’s a parking fee of $10 for an all day pass.
Lighthouse by the PCH north of Big Sur.