Usually when one thinks of “California Beaches” they imagine miles of sun baked stretches of groomed sand beset with oiled bodies packed side by side like fish in a can, body builders and volleyball games. But there is another type of California beach; a little less accessible but worth the effort. Big Sur’s Pfeiffer State Beach just a couple of miles from the famous Highway One south of Monterrey is world unto itself. You don’t go to Pfeiffer State Beach to be seen but to see nature. Huge waves crash onto dark rocks, shore birds soar overhead and if you stay until sunset you will be treated to a full canvas of glorious reds and golds as the sun slips into the Pacific. Pfeiffer State Beach is a treat just perfect for an afternoon of quiet reflection and contemplation.