McWay Falls Cove

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McWay Falls Cove
Photo: © Dawn Ellner / License
McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Photo: © Broken Inaglory / CC BY

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Set in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park this beautiful little horseshoe shaped cove is surrounded by high, tree-lined cliffs. Perhaps the beach's most notable feature though is McWay Falls, a waterfall that vertically plunges 80 feet directly into the aqua-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The cove here is one of the undisputed highlights of Big Sur and only a short trip from California's legendary coastal highway, Route 1.
There is one possible negative though; this stunning beach is a bit of a tease as it is pretty much inaccessible by foot. You can gaze out over the cove and waterfall from an observation platform but the climb down is hazardous to say the least. However, this adds to the unspoiled character of this section of coast where it genuinely feels like nature is still in charge.

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McWay Falls Cove Weather Info

5 Day McWay Falls Cove UV Index

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McWay Falls Cove tide times & sea state

Mon 15/07 »

Surf report for Mon 15/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 17s  °  ° 19mph
11:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 20mph
17:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:31
Sunrise06:01
Sunset20:24
Dark20:53

Tue 16/07 »

Surf report for Tue 16/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 19s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 5ft 18s  °  ° 15mph
17:00 5ft 18s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:32
Sunrise06:01
Sunset20:23
Dark20:53

Wed 17/07 »

Surf report for Wed 17/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 17s  °  ° 16mph
11:00 5ft 17s  °  ° 13mph
17:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:33
Sunrise06:02
Sunset20:23
Dark20:52

Thu 18/07 »

Surf report for Thu 18/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 6mph
11:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 5mph
17:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:33
Sunrise06:03
Sunset20:22
Dark20:51

Fri 19/07 »

Surf report for Fri 19/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 11mph
11:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 8mph
17:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:34
Sunrise06:03
Sunset20:22
Dark20:51

Sat 20/07 »

Surf report for Sat 20/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 6mph
11:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
17:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:35
Sunrise06:04
Sunset20:21
Dark20:50

Today's weather

Fair

24 °C
(75 °F)

Gentle breeze, 16.6 km/h from NW

Sea temperature

12.8°C / 55.1°F

Rating

Average: 4 (2 votes)

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