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

Sun 17/11 »

Surf report for Sun 17/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 15mph
13:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:17
Sunrise06:44
Sunset16:58
Dark17:25

Mon 18/11 »

Surf report for Mon 18/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 3mph
13:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 7mph
19:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:18
Sunrise06:45
Sunset16:57
Dark17:25

Tue 19/11 »

Surf report for Tue 19/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 25mph
13:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 25mph
19:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:19
Sunrise06:46
Sunset16:57
Dark17:24

Wed 20/11 »

Surf report for Wed 20/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 11ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
13:00 11ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:20
Sunrise06:47
Sunset16:56
Dark17:24

Thu 21/11 »

Surf report for Thu 21/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 8mph
13:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
19:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:21
Sunrise06:48
Sunset16:56
Dark17:23

Fri 22/11 »

Surf report for Fri 22/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 20s  °  ° 7mph
13:00 7ft 19s  °  ° 6mph
19:00 8ft 18s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:21
Sunrise06:49
Sunset16:55
Dark17:23

Today's weather

Clear sky

11 °C
(51 °F)

Light breeze, 8.3 km/h from S

Sea temperature

14.6°C / 58.3°F

Rating

Average: 4 (2 votes)

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