Driving up the California coast to Big Sur there are a lot of beautiful beaches, but I had my eye set on Pfeiffer Beach because of the photos I saw online. It is very hard to find - you take a narrow side street with little signage for 2 miles down to the beach. I got lost a bunch of times trying to find the beach, but just stop and ask locals - they all know where this beach is located.
Be prepared and dress warm because the beach is very, very windy and pretty cool. It is not a beach for swimming, but definitely a place to take in the beautiful rock formations, purple sand, and feel like you are on your own private island!