Pfeiffer Beach is a beautiful, unspoiled beach that’s popular with locals, somewhat unknown among tourists and well worth your time. Besides beautiful offshore views of rocks and sea stacks and some nice surfing waves, this beach has unusual purple sand, from manganese garnet particles washing down the hillside. The further north on the beach you go, the more purple it becomes.
For a two-week period each year around the same time as the winter solstice, the setting sun aligns with the portal in the big rock arch at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur. I was fortune to get clear skies on this evening, which allowed the fiery sunset light to shine through the portal and light up the waves crashing through. – Robin Black
Photograph by: Robin Black