Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur is one of the most beautiful beaches in California.

Pfeiffer Beach is known as the purple sand beach: manganese garnet deposits from the hills create purple streaks in the sand. 

Sea stacks offshore make for magnificent photo ops. 

The Keyhole Arch is one of the most notable sights at Pfeiffer Beach.

Keyhole Arch looks gorgeous any time of year...

...but each winter, for a few weeks, the rays of the setting sun shine directly through the hole in the arch, creating an unforgettable scene. 

Pfeiffer Beach is great for strolling, picnicking, and photography. 

Pfeiffer Beach requires a 2-mile detour from California Highway 1, so allow time for your visit.

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