BIG SUR AND PFEIFFER STATE BEACH
What is Big Sur known for?
Just when you thought the views couldn’t get any better, as you venture further south, winding around each bend, you’ll be amazed at the increasingly beautiful scenery that includes deep gorges cutting through rugged mountains, pine forests that extend to the edge of sandy beaches and even cascading falls plunging to the sea below. California’s Central Coast has inspired many artists, poets, and writers, and it’s easy to see why. Big Sur, 25 miles south of Monterey, is the home of one of the world’s unique beaches, Pfeiffer State Beach. You won’t want to miss this rare purple sand beach, with its purple hue derived from the manganese garnet deposits that are found in the surrounding rocks. With the azure-colored waves crashing against it, the contrast is simply stunning.