Big Sur: Stunning Pink Sand Beach!

Pfeiffer Beach

Walking North on Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach Rocks and Pink Sand

Closeup of Rocks and Pink Sand

Pfeiffer Beach Sand Patterns

More Colorful Sand Patterns

Pfeiffer Beach Sea Arch

Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Beach (south of Monterey) is famous for its pink and purple sand.  The sand’s gorgeous color comes from manganese garnet particles that wash down the hillside.  The further north you walk, the more colorful the sand.  The photography opportunities are endless and ever-changing.  This unique beach is absolutely stunning!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

15 Responses to Big Sur: Stunning Pink Sand Beach!

  1. FeyGirl says:


  2. Your pictures are stunning and that sand is incredibly beautiful – never seen anything quite like it. Would love to visit.

    • Pam says:

      It’s a gorgeous place! Visitors could enjoy San Francisco, Monterey, and then drive south to Big Sur on Highway 1 to Cambria (where you can see elephant seals and the Hearst Castle). Then you could loop back to San Francisco on Freeway 101. It’s a beautiful trip – especially in April or May when the wildflowers are blooming.

  3. zannyro says:

    How amazing!!! What amazing images!!

  4. Beautiful place. And no one around.

  5. reocochran says:

    This pink and lavender sands were gorgeous!

  6. Pam I’m so glad you told me about this beach! It is a stunner. The patterns in the sand are stunning!

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  8. Bob Smith says:

    Pam, These pictures are stunning. They deserve to be in a photography museum. Spectacular !

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