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Pfeiffer Beach
On the Big Sur coast, Los Padres National Forest, California

Popular despite being hard to find, Pfeiffer Beach is a Big Sur icon. There are two rugged rocks in the surf zone, one of them with a tunnel through which the waves crash. The next beach north, past a potentially dangerous rocky point, is clothing-optional.


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Pfeiffer Beach at the mouth of Sycamore Canyon

Pfeiffer Beach at the mouth of Sycamore Canyon

Pfeiffer Beach at the mouth of Sycamore Canyon

Pfeiffer Beach, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: January 7, 2006
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Surf explodes through an arch in the rocks at Pfeiffer Beach

Surf explodes through an arch in the rocks at Pfeiffer Beach

Surf explodes through an arch in the rocks at Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: January 7, 2006
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Winter surf at Pfeiffer Beach

Winter surf at Pfeiffer Beach

Winter surf at Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: January 7, 2006
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Pfeiffer Beach at the mouth of Sycamore Canyon

Pfeiffer Beach at the mouth of Sycamore Canyon

Relatively sheltered by Big Sur standards, this beach is still seldom safe for swimming.

Pfeiffer Beach, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 19, 2016

Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur

Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur

The only sandy beach close to the resort area of Big Sur, Pfeiffer Beach gets heavy use in good weather.

Pfeiffer Beach, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 19, 2016

Surf in the tunnel at Pfeiffer Beach

Surf in the tunnel at Pfeiffer Beach

The most notable feature of Pfeiffer Beach is this tunnel through an offshore rock, with waves roaring though it.

Pfeiffer Beach, Los Padres National Forest, California

Date photographed: April 19, 2016

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