Pacific Valley Beach

Big Sur Coastline, California

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Pacific Valley Beach


  • Visitors must climb this fence to access Pacific Valley Beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • Viewing Pacific Valley Beach from the parking area.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • Walking down to the beach through the chaparral. - Pacific Valley Beach
  • Strolling along the beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • Small caves hide amongst the cliffs along much of this beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • Looking north at the beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • Looking south at the rugged Pacific Valley coastline. - Pacific Valley Beach
  • A wave crashes in the cove at Pacific Valley Beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • Barnacles and mussels cling to a rock.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • Adventurers climb a nearby point at Pacific Valley Beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • Several visitors hiking down to the beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • A rock crab hides in a crevice at Pacific Valley Beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • A pretty amalgamation of rock.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • A dead sea hare washed upon the shore.- Pacific Valley Beach
  • A cairn sits at one of entrances to Pacific Valley Beach.- Pacific Valley Beach
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Small caves. Nearby bluff trails. Beautiful nearby views of the coast.
Steep, slick trails to the beach.
Big Sur Coastline, CA
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Pacific Valley is a quaint set of fields inland from a much more rugged section of coast. Here there are great trails to explore the tall rocks and tiny coves. Stretched out in the middle of this section of the Big Sur coast is a beach that is full of opportunities to explore. The soft, silky sand makes a great area to lounge and relax, while the small caves and tide pools offer their own discoveries.

Pacific Valley Beach is best accessed at lower tides when the entire beach is above the lapping ocean waves. At higher tides there are still beaches open, though they become fragmented and broken apart. Walking the Pacific Bluffs Trail will reveal many different access points to the beaches. Just be careful on the descent, and watch for poison oak! During summer and falls months many poison oak shrubs do not have leaves, but the oil still lies inside the stems. If you are unsure what poison oak looks like, educate yourself or simply stay away from contacting any leafy shrubs and bare stems.

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