The wild and windswept Pfeiffer Beach has been featured in so many movies, photo books and calendars that you’ll have an “aha” moment when seeing it in person for the first time.
Pfeiffer Beach, administered by the U.S. Forest Services, lies at the end of a two-mile stretch of dirt road signed Sycamore Canyon Road. Look for the hard-to-spot turnoff from Highway 1 between the Big Sur Ranger Station and the post office.
It’s OK to let your dog run free here so long as you pick up after your pet and are respectful to others sharing the beach. Don’t forget to bring fresh water for both of you!