Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area

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Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area
Campground Overview:

Pfeiffer Beach is located in the heart of Big Sur, CA off Sycamore Canyon Road. The Rock Arch and Purple Sand is a must see for all Big Sur visitors.


NOTICE (10/08/18):

The Sycamore Canyon Road Improvement Project will begin Sept. 24 at 6 AM and the road to Pfeiffer Beach will be closed to the public Sunday Nights until Fridays at 1 pm. Pfeiffer Beach DUA will be open when Sycamore Road is open from 1 pm Fridays through Sunday evenings. This is scheduled to continue until after November 1st, at this time. Check back for updates as we will know more once work has started. We are pushing for earlier and we will keep everyone posted here.
Sept. 24 until roughly Oct. 5th
Closed - Sunday Night until Fridays at 1 pm
Open - Fridays at 1 pm until Sundays Evening.

 

No reservations

First come, first served.

Overview
Operating Seasons:
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Fees:
  • $30.00 per van
  • $50.00 per bus
  • $10.00 day use fee per vehicle
Fee Details:

Cash preferred but credit cards accepted.

Busiest Seasons:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Best Seasons To Visit:
  • Winter
  • Fall
Passes Accepted:
  • Parks Management Day Use Annual Pass

EXPECT TRAFFIC AND PARKING DELAYS AT PFEIFFER BEACH OVER THE BUSY SUMMER PERIOD AND ESPECIALLY HOLIDAY WEEKENDS

We are experiencing a high demand for parking on busy summer (May - October) and Holiday weekends.

Due to this demand, traffic can back up at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Sycamore Canyon Road leading to long delays and our day use parking lot will fill to capacity.

We will make every effort to accommodate all of our visitors, but if we run out of parking, you may be turned away.

Follow these tips to help get the best chance to find a parking place:

  • Come during the week! We are still filling up May -October but we have a decreased volume so chances are better.
  • Arrive early. Each day we fill, ALWAYS before 11. Weekends we fill between 9-10 am. We rarely fill mid-afternoon. Our two biggest rushes of the day are at 12 noon and 2:30 pm when the lot is already full, avoid turning onto Sycamore Road around those as you will most likely be turned away.
  • Do not park in undesignated areas! Parking along the highway in undesignated areas near Park entrance may result in a citation.
  • Walking down Sycamore Canyon Road is NOT permitted.
  • Parking availability is dynamic and it is hard for park staff to know if we will have parking available when you arrive.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to accommodate you and our other visitors during the busy Summer (May-October) season.


 

Ammenities:
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Creek Access
  • Day Use Area
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Self Pay Station
  • Surfing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Address:
Sycamore Canyon Road, Big Sur, California 93920, United States
FAQs:

Q: How much is the Day Use Entry fee at Pfeiffer Beach?

A: It is $10 cash or credit. (credit only when Kiosk is open)

 

Q: How long is the walk from the parking lot to the beach? Is there an incline?

A: The walk from either parking lot is about 4-5 minutes. The path is sandy and flat and leads you straight onto the beach.

 

Q: Where is the closest phone service?

A: The closest phone service to Pfeiffer Beach is two miles up Sycamore Canyon (the road that leads you down to Pfeiffer Beach). Once at the top of the highway, you want to take a right heading SOUTH. About a ¼ mile south from there is the Big Sur Center and there is phone signal for approximately a ½ mile before it goes away.

 

Q: Is there reentry?

A: No. Each Day Use pass is valid for ONE entry only.

 

Q: What are the hours of operation for Pfeiffer Beach?

A: Sunrise to sunset.

 

Q: If the kiosk is closed when I arrive do I still have to pay?

A: Yes. There are self-registration envelopes that you can fill in when you arrive and a fee tube that you may deposit your payment into.

 

Q: What if Parking Area is Full?

A: Due to limited parking at Pfeiffer Beach, you may not be able to enter Sycamore Cyn Road if the parking area is full. You will be turned around by staff and asked to try back at a later time.

 

Q: Are Weddings Permitted at Pfeiffer Beach?

A: Weddings are NOT permitted from March 15th - October 15th due to limited parking and peak season.